Bailey Canyon Trail

Angeles National Forest, California 90606

Elevation Gain2,286ft
Trailhead Elevation1,771ft
Elevation Min/Max1771/3304ft
Elevation Start/End1771/1771ft

Bailey Canyon Trail

Bailey Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Sierra Madre, California. It is within Angeles National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,771 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,286 feet. The trail ends near Jones Peak (elevation 3,376 feet).

Bailey Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Sierra Madre’s impeccably maintained Bailey Canyon Park includes a small, shady picnic area, and the lower part of a
trail that now goes all the way to the Mount Wilson Trail above Orchard Camp."

"When the light is right and the air is clean, the purple mountains beckon with the sweet smell of sage and many a winding trail. One of these inviting trails leads up Bailey Canyon from the town of Sierra Madre. The attraction is the view: clear-day vistas of the San Gabriel Valley are your reward for scaling many a steep switchback. If you want to get a feel for the area’s geography, take a map along a San Gabriel Valley map. Most of what you see of the San Gabriel Valley from Bailey Canyon Trail is commercial and residential. However, there are two significant splotches of green almost due south of the canyon: the Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Santa Anita Golf Course. Between the green is Santa Anita racetrack."

Bailey Canyon Trail Reviews

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Hiked up through Bailey Cyn with some friends, all the way up to Jones Peak. The hike through Bailey Canyon is very scenic and on a very well marked trail. A nice view of the Mater Dolorosa retreat house is with you for a long while, then you finally wind your way back into the deeper hills. Eventually you get into a lot of switchbacks as you ascend toward the peak. Finally, right before the peak, there is a crazy scramble up a steep rock garden to the summit. Very weak cell reception at the top, and great views unless you get some haze, like we did. Overall a fun hike, fairly strenuous because of the climbing, and nice view at the top.
I only made it up the first 2 miles before it got too hot to continue. This is a moderate to slightly strenuous hike. Many switchbacks help traverse the steep terrain, but several large "steps" have been constructed that were a stretch for me and I'm 6'5". Go early in the morning or pick a cool, overcast day. The heat gets sucked into the canyon once the sun comes out, but as the single-track trail winds back and forth, you get a really nice breeze as it comes back out to the open-face part of the mountain. The trail actually exits out the West side of the little park setting by the Parking lot, just follow the road up towards the mountains, and veer right after the dam so as not to enter the private Retreat area on the left. When I hiked, there was some large orange netting marking the boundary. I don't reccommend checking out the short 1/2 mile jaunt to the waterfall, unless it's been raining a lot. It's more of a hassle climbing rocks, etc. Just climb the hill, and it eventually connects to the Mt. Wilson Trail if you have the time to reach the peak. This is a great hike, and I will definitely go back on a cooler day to hike the whole distance. Also, this is not a highly used trail on weekdays, so if you are looking for a nice quiet hike, go during the week. Flush toilet is on-site at Parking Lot. Picnic area as well, with BBQ stands.
Bailey Cyn is a nice, well marked scenic trail which begins at Bailey Cyn Park. There are many switchbacks which provides for a good workout. However, to really appreciate this hike, go early in the morning. This hike can get very hot in the summer and the heat can be very intense as you make your way along the switchbacks. Once you reach the top, I like to hike up the ridge from Jones Peak towards a small trail which leads down to the Mt Wilson Trail. You can turn right and take the trail all the way down ending up at Mire Monte Ave. You will have to walk city streets back to Bailey Cyn Park, but overall a good days hike.

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Trail Information

Angeles National Forest
Nearby City
Angeles National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Mt. Wilson
Local Maps

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Jul 2018