Stoddard Peak Stoddard Peak Trail

Upland, California 91784

Stoddard Peak Stoddard Peak Trail

Stoddard Peak: Stoddard Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"For most of the winter and early spring, 4,624-foot Stoddard Peak seems strategically positioned just below the snow line and just above the smog line. Its summit offers great clear-day views of Claremont and the San Gabriel Valley below, and of Baldy and its neighboring peaks above. The peak honors William H. Stoddard who built the Baldy area’s first resort in 1886. Stoddard’s rustic retreat featured a dining room, cottages and cabins, plus a nearby waterfall for inspiration. San Bernardino and San Gabriel Valley families enjoyed weekend visits and week-long vacations at Stoddard Camp, which was a popular late-19th-century getaway. Stoddard’s success was a long time coming. He came from Connecticut in 1852 to try gold mining but it didn’t pan out. He opened a store in Sacramento and lost both money and his health. He lived his life in the enormous shadow of his ultra-successful brother-in-law, railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington."

Stoddard Peak: Stoddard Peak Trail Reviews

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This is a great trail! A relatively easy hike, combined with great views, a couple little creeks, some beautiful cottages on the way, and some nice places to rest make this the perfect trail for intermediate hikers.
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There are some hiccups in the trail guide. First, to find the trail, I never saw a MOUNTAIN AVE. There are road-paddles to mark the place, but they are facing the opposite way, so they're difficult to see on approach. Make sure to turn right where it actually says on a sign STODDARD ROAD (along with some other name, Barron, I think). That's the place you go. Next thing, the remark that you pass a "couple of cabins" is misleading. You pass like about seven or eight (and they are AMAZING cabins BTW). Lastly, and this is most important, when the guide says you come to a "flat area and look for a sharp right to an unsigned path"-- there were rocks piled up to mark this point, but the "unsigned path" is hardly a path at all. If you go in that direction though, you'll find a path that travels up a steep ascent and its a very, very LABORIOUS hike up to the first "false summit," considering the hike up until then has been relatively easy. The trail guide doesn't mention how difficult the last mile or so of this hike is. Be prepared for a workout.

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Oct 2018