With a mountain name like that, we had to go! The trailhead is off Mt Baldy Road in Claremont, CA where it meets Palmer Evey Mtwy. There is no official sign for the trailhead but there are dirt strips on both sides of the road for parking so it wasn’t hard to find. GPS information can be found at the bottom.
We arrived little after 7:30 AM and there were plenty of spaces. Walkthrough this yellow gate. This is where Palmer Evey Mtwy begins.
The trail was wide and had easy terrain. Good for a group. Tall trees hovered over the path providing some shade and we were greeted by birds. The sun was still rising so there were gentle sun rays through the branches which felt nice in 50 degrees F.
I let a couple groups of trekkers pass us so we can just hear the birds. Once we were alone, I heard the sound of a little creek. So we made a short detour and went down to the creek. It was tiny but clear water was flowing through. How lovely! ♡
After the little detour, we got back on the trail and continued on. There are no side trails until you come to this junction. You see the shaded trail in the picture below? That’s where we came from. Make a sharp left here and start climbing.
You are still on Palmer Evey Mtwy and it will take you to the summit of Potato Mountain. This second part of the trail was more challenging than it had been but the views…W-o-w. The view of the San Gabriel mountains made it totally worth it!
I could have kept going with views like these but after about 3/4 miles, we reached the summit at 3,360 feet. And guess what we found? MR POTATO HEAD!! So cool, right? Some people are so creative! 🙂
We walked around and took more photos and enjoyed the view from the top.
On our way down, we met another hiker with her dog. We hiked together for a while and talked about hiking and our fur babies. Such a nice lady. I think her name was Shannon. I hope she reads this. 🙂 Even though it’s a popular trail, this was one of our favorite hikes from this year. If you start early (before 7:30 am), you can avoid most of the crowd and enjoy nature without disruptions.
Good to Know:
- Hike Date: 2.6.16
- Trailhead: 34.163129, -117.682106 (copy and paste to your GPS app)
- Distance: 4.4 miles RT
- Elevation Gain: 1,150 ft
- Time: 2.5 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Permit/Fee: None
- No restroom