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California Los Angeles - Hike to the Top of the Notch

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Cho and I’m a new Ambassador for GWHLA - SGV. I’ll be leading a hike up to the Top of the Notch with a quick detour to San Antonio Falls on the way back - if you are unfamiliar with the Mt. Baldy area, this is the hike for you! (Detailed hike description below.)

Note: We will NOT be summiting Mt. San Antonio (aka Mt. Baldy) during this hike. If you’re looking to conquer a peak near this area (for 6POP or otherwise), I’ll be hosting a hike to one of the peaks (Baldy, Cucamonga, Ontario, etc.) later this year. My fellow GWHLA ambassadors will be hosting hikes to peaks all over LA County & beyond before then, so please feel free to join them on those hikes!

*The first 10 members to arrive will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways!*

Detailed Hike Description:
Manker Flats to Top of the Notch to San Antonio Falls via Falls Rd. & Mt. Baldy Rd.
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Location: 901 Falls Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759 (34.266452, -117.626808)
Time: Meet @ 7:45am; Hike Starts @ 8am (IMPORTANT: Please be on time! There is NO service at Manker Flats. I will be at the start of Falls Rd.)
Total Distance: 7.2 miles (3.6 miles to the Top of the Notch from Manker Flats)
Total Elevation Gain: 1,642ft.
Adventure Pass Needed?: YES
Dogs: Yes
Kids: Yes (Although this is a kid-friendly hike, please be sure that your kid can handle a 7.2 mile hike. I’ve seen kids on this trail before so it’s definitely doable for kids! I’m trusting your mom instincts on this one! :))
Men: No
GWH Trail Difficulty Rating: YELLOW - oderate ike, ell-signed, levation ain f etween ,000-2,000ft., max. altitude under 8,000. ovice ikers elcome!

This hike is open to hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten. I estimate that this hike will take between 4-5 hours, depending on how much time is spent at the Top of the Notch and at San Antonio Falls.

This trail features views of the San Gabriel Valley, many peaks (including Mt. Baldy), the Mt. Baldy chair lifts, and a waterfall (in which you’ll get to dunk your feet in if you choose).

Top of the Notch (elevation: 7, 802 ft.) is the restaurant that will signal the halfway point of our hike - we’ll be heading back down once we get to the Top of the Notch, but not after enjoying some time for photos & some food! The restaurant will be open and serving breakfast by the time we get up there, so if you want to try their food, be sure to bring some cash or your credit card. Don’t feel pushed to purchase food at the restaurant - you are more than welcome to bring your own food! There are several tables outside we can sit at an enjoy the views & food. (I myself will not be purchasing any food because I’ll have my pups with me and cannot go inside!)

There are restroom facilities at the Top of the Notch so if you or your kiddos need to use the restroom, you can do so here!

● Trail Map from Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Top+of+the+Notch+Restaurant+and+Bar,+Mount+Baldy+Road,+Mount+Baldy,+CA/Mt+Baldy+Trailhead,+901-993+Falls+Rd,+Mt+Baldy,+CA+91759/@34.2706933,-117.6254412,1824m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c33ecf9b9e2fbb:0x97a1bf6bfee8b0ce!2m2!1d-117.610807!2d34.2744259!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c33eb158de575b:0xb4668d6c167db96c!2m2!1d-117.6268518!2d34.2662659!5i1
● Top of the Notch Restaurant info: https://mtbaldyresort.com/top-of-the-notch-restaurant/
● Breakfast menu (from Yelp): https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/top-of-the-notch-restaurant-mount-baldy?select=1i5qfrWe1eXUpPvtxS-l4w

***IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, YOU MUST HAVE A FREE EVENTBRITE TICKET! Clicking "going" on Facebook will not guarantee a ticket. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis here:https://gwhlaofficialmeetup-topofnotchhike.eventbrite.com/ (Password: GWHLA)
You may reserve up to 3 tickets per GWH member - please fill out a Liability Waiver (http://bit.ly/GWHLiabilityWaiver) for yourself and each person you plan on bringing!***

What to bring:
• Comfortable shoes (hiking boots or trail runners recommended but not required)
• 2L of water - remember to bring more water if you're bringing kids or dogs
• Snacks
• Cash or credit card if planning on purchasing food at the Top of the Notch restaurant

Earlier Event: May 19
New Hampshire - Piper Mountain