Last week my wife and I made our way along the Bailey Canyon Trail, up in the community of Sierra Madre. Talk about a kid friendly hike! We encountered lots of families with youngsters. The little guys seemed to really enjoy the trail and zigzagging among the boulders. Obviously this wasn’t one of the more rigorous hikes up into the San Gabriel Mountains that experienced hikers favor. Rather, this was a shorten hike that followed Bailey Creek to a falls. It was less than a mile and just right for youngsters. Of course parents kept a watchful eyes on them. After all, this was a wilderness area.
We’re were delighted to see the kids enjoying nature. Teaching kids to love the outdoors at an early age helps them gain an appreciation for the beautiful mountains that make LA so special. When our kids were young we often took them on trails in these same mountains and they loved it. Now, we accompany our grandkids on short hikes and camping trips. They’ve come to love the outdoors.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Bailey Canyon Park was the starting point for a number of trails that led up into the San Gabriel Mountains. But the trail we chose stayed down in the canyon. It started by going pass a catch basin (by the way, these basins often referred to as debris basins control run-off after torrential rains. They help keep the communities in the valley below from being flooded). Once pass the basin, we picked up the trail that paralleled the creek bed (now a very dry creek bed due to the current drought). Once we were on the actual trail a short walk along the creek brought us to a point where the trail branches in two directions: the main trail that went up into the San Gabriel Mountain and led to the Jones Peak (3.3 miles) or, ultimately Mt Wilson (4.1 miles). Our hike continued straight ahead.
The hike my wife and I were on continued to follow the creek to a nature walk. My featured photo for this post shows the bridge that led to the nature walk, you can’t miss it. By following the creek bed, about a quarter mile beyond the nature walk, we arrive to a spot where the canyon walls, in the wet season, has a waterfall. because the falls are seasonal- if you’re interested in seeing falls- plan your hike after a good rain. Any way, regardless if there are falls or not it’s a nice place to stop and relax before you return.
So, if you’re interested in these trails head out Sierra Madre. To reach Bailey Canyon Park take the Foothill Freeway (the 210) to the Baldwin off ramp. Head north to Carter Ave then turn west to 451 W. Carter, Sierra Madre. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Be sure to take your camera.
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