Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon


Hello everyone! Sorry for the late post. This is a hike I did end of November. I usually post a hike within a month but with holidays and all, I just got around to write about it.

The trailhead starts western side of the parking lot in Bailey Canyon Park (address provided below). Follow the footpath and pass through a turnstile then turn right. You will be on the pavement but do not worry, this part is short. Keep going until you see the Flash Flood Area sign. Trail changes to dirt behind the sign and things get better.

Jones peak 7

When you reach the first Bailey Canyon sign, go straight towards the waterfall.


When we came across the second sign, we went towards Bailey Canyon Trail. From here on, it was all uphill and we had fantastic views of San Gabriel and L.A. basin along the way. Soon, we reached at Indian Lookout Point. There are couple benches at this lookout. This could be a good turning point if you are a beginner.

Continue on Bailey Canyon Trail. I love everything about the next picture. Two of my favorite girls in the nature and the moon above on a clear blue sky. Let me translate the scene for you.  H: ‘”Are you coming?”  X: “Don’t you think we should wait for mama?”


Single track continued all the way to the peak. This area was so green! Just lovely. Some parts of the trail was shaded like here but most of the trail is exposed and it reminded me of Sam Merrill Trail in Altadena very much except it wasn’t crowded.


After hiking uphill for 3.2 miles, we reached at Jones Peak at 3,386 feet. There is no sign for the actual peak on the trail so you have to look for a footpath that goes up the hill on your right away from Bailey Canyon Trail. There is a bench to sit and enjoy the view. We had the whole place to ourselves for 10 minutes or so until a group of about 10 hikers – maybe a meetup group – came up and took over the place. I got distracted and forgot to take photos there. Sorry.. We had our water/snack break and left the peak leaving the place to the group. It was around 10:15 AM and we wanted to get down before it gets too warm.




Good to Know:

  • Hike Date:  11.29.2015
  • Distance:  6.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain:  2,240 ft
  • Restroom at the trailhead / Free parking
  • Trailhead:  451 W Carter Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
  • Rated moderate – difficult


I just got back from my annual after holidays desert trip. I can’t wait to share the trip with you! I had a wonderful time in Joshua Tree National Park. But before then, I have another hike to share. This one is from December. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

Happy Hiking!


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