Potato Mountain via Evey Canyon

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. Parking is free. We arrived little after 7:30 AM and there was a plenty of spaces. Walk through this yellow gate. This is where Palmer Evey Mtwy begins.

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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.

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I let couple groups of trekkers to pass us so we can just hear the birds. Once we were alone, I heard a 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! ♡

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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.

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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!

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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! 🙂

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My pretty girl showing off her excellent sit at the summit and posing with Mr Potato Head and his friends.

We walked around and took more photos and enjoyed the view from the top.

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Other hikers walking up to the summit

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Deep in thoughts

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This nice group of friends made it to the summit then did 50 push ups and other exercises. I got their permission to use their picture on my blog. 🙂

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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 the nature without disruptions.

Good to Know:

  • Hike date:  2.6.16
  • Trailhead:  34.163129, -117.682106 (copy and paste to your GPS app)
  • Distance (RT):  4.4 miles
  • Elevation gain:  1,150 ft
  • Time:  2.5 hours
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • No restroom

 

Happy Hiking!

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10 thoughts on “Potato Mountain via Evey Canyon

  1. That is so cool that there was actual potato heads at the top! Looks beautiful!! Your Blog is lovely!

    • Ha ha, it sure was! Exploring is so much more fun when we can do it on our pace. Half of the fun is making up the route (referring to the short detours, not really getting lost..that’s not fun) as we go. And enjoy the fresh air and freedom while doing it. 🙂

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