"This trail traverses one of the grandest loops in Southern California. It has everything: pine forest, streams, waterfalls, a Sierra Club ski hut, and a grand view from atop one of the region’s highest mountains. Though it is wildly amazing, Mount Baldy is not for everyone. The ski hut trail is high altitude, steep, extremely rocky, and difficult. The Devils Backbone is incredibly steep and rocky as well, and it is also precipitous. If your dog is not used to alluvial drop-offs and wobbly rock-strewn ground, this is not the place to bring your pet. At the same time, for people who hike continuously, the clear day views are among the best in all of California. Even the not-so-clear days are pretty darned close to magnificent. And, for dogs whose pads are tougher than tank treads, this trail will be nothing but another fun all-day outing in the mountains."