The Mount Baldy bike climb is a popular Southern California climb that offers a very difficult route and an alternate less challenging but more scenic route with much less traffic (Glendora Mountain Road). The Mt. Baldy route merges with GMR at mile 8 (at the town of Mt. Baldy, population 369) and they share the last 5 miles to the finish at Mt. Baldy Ski Resort.
Aerial drone photo: view southwest from hairpins above mile hairpins mile 9.5
Most Challenging Route: This is the most challenging but not the most scenic of ascents to the top of Mt Baldy (see GMR, below and GMR Climb Page). The main Baldy route travels from North Mills Road 13.1 miles to Mt. Baldy Resort parking lot - the mountain finish for many Tour of California stages.
Begin climb by riding up Mt. Baldy Rd. from its “T” intersection with N. Mills Ave.
Enter Angeles National Forest (est. 1908; 655,387 acres) at mile 2.6
Sign just before the left turn to the ski resort parking lot.
Mt. Baldy Village - mile 8
1 of the 12 switchbacks on the last 3 miles
O.k. - we are only a few miles from LA, but it gets rural quick
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Andrew Talansky wins Mt. Baldy Stage 5 of the 2017 Tour of California
After stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California is complete, Mt. Baldy will have been a stage finish 5 of the 18 years the Tour has been held (each year since 2006). The route on the Mt. Baldy stage is always the same route:
The route for all 5 ToC Mt. Baldy mountain-top finish stages (2019 Map)
The Tour of California Route is generally:
Chris Horner wins 2011 ToC but Levi gets stage 7!
Robert Gesink wins in s.t. As Darwin Atapuma.
After Mt. Hamilton in Northern California (East Bay/Silicon Valley), Mt. Baldy has been included in more Amgen Tours than any other mountain climb.
2015 - Jullian Alaphilippe
Stage Profile for all Glendora Mountain / Mt. Baldy ToC stages.
Summary from 2015 Tour of California Website:
“Route Information: May 16, 2015 - Stage 7 Finish
The climb up to Mt. Baldy is an integral part of the Amgen Tour of California’s nine-year history. Since 2011, when it was first introduced as the race’s first true mountaintop finish, the steep switchbacks up to the Mt. Baldy Ski Area at 6,500 feet elevation have served as the deciding factor in crowning the overall champion. Due to overwhelming demand from the fans, Mt. Baldy is back for the Amgen Tour of California 10th Anniversary after a two-year hiatus!
Mt. Baldy is located 45 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is a popular location for hikers, sightseers and cyclists. During autumn, spring, and summer you will find hundreds to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts traveling Mt. Baldy every week to summit the tallest peak in Los Angeles County, Mt. San Antonio (Elevation 10,068 feet), which is accessible from a trail network originating at the Mt. Baldy Ski Area. For those who prefer a two-wheeled adventure, cyclists from far and wide visit Mt. Baldy to climb the challenging switchbacks, which ascend over 2,000 in only 4.3 miles (9% average gradient). In the winter months Mt. Baldy is known for its steep ski terrain and easy access from the big city below.” See also - 2019 ToC summary of Baldy Stage.