Los Angeles is home to one of the most beautiful mountains in San Bernardino County, and that is none other than Mt. Baldy. Mt. Baldy is located a mere 42 miles outside of DTLA, making it a quick drive up the mountain for those in the city. Mt. Baldy’s elevation of 10,069’ makes it the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountain Range; additionally the mountains 8,600’ summit houses the steepest vertical drop in California at 2,100’, making it a mecca for skiers and snowboarders from all over the state of California.
The best part about Mt. Baldy, however, is its views. The views from the top of the ski lift in the main ski and social area look all the way down through this canyon-like crevice in the mountains down to the city-line and offer a breath-taking view of Los Angeles. The view is spectacular night and day, rain or shine, sunrise or sunset, so you will never be displeased aesthetically.
For those who are interested in mountain nightlife as well, Mt. Baldy is the home of the annual 5 Points Music Festival and Gathering. This is an electronic music festival where campers come and camp on top of the ski lift for the weekend and enjoy the beauty of the mountain, the delicious food and accommodations provided by Top of the Notch (the restaurant located on top of the mountain) and dance to great music all weekend long.
Although this lift and mountain are open year round, offering hiking, scenic lift rides, dining, and biking, the ski season is projected to begin on November 30, 2013 and end on April 4, 2014. Daily lift pass prices range from $29.00 for children to $69.00 for adults.