Let’s talk about visiting Mt Baldy Lodge during the off-season. Everyone knows about the skiing on Mount Baldy, but we were surprised to find that we loved hiking, exploring and relaxing there as the heat overtook Los Angeles in July. If you are looking for a place to escape soaring temperatures (be it summer, fall or late spring in Southern California), Mt Baldy Lodge could be your ideal weekend (or mid-week) getaway.
Mt Baldy Weather
We arrived at the beginning of July to celebrate Andy’s birthday. It was more than 100 degrees when we left Los Angeles, and, to be honest, one of the reasons we chose Mount Baldy was because it promised a respite. You can imagine our surprise when we arrived, and it was still in the 90s. But mountain weather is unpredictable, and within seconds (literally) of parking the car and running into Mt Baldy Lodge, the heavy clouds let loose. The thunderstorm gave us the perfect excuse to leisurely register and enjoy lunch in the lodge restaurant – a place we would frequently visit during our visit. It also cooled the temperature to a completely manageable 83 degrees.
Mt Baldy Lodge Cabins
As you probably remember, Andy loves the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, treks and the idea of camping. I … do not. I grew up camping with my parents, and I loved spending the time with them, but I feel like I’m good on the camping, and don’t need to pitch a tent anywhere ever again. It might sound like it is hard to find a compromise between those two positions, but we have by reserving cabins like those available at Mt Baldy Lodge. They offer comfort, indoor plumbing and a porch, perfect for comfortable reading for hours. They also offer proximity to both easy and challenging hikes and a sense of being in nature, even though this Southern California locale is only an hour from Los Angeles.
The cabin could probably sleep five (if you included the sofa), with a private bedroom and a bed in a living room nook. We chose to sleep in the nook, for no other reason than it felt cooler and cozier to us. The temperature had dropped, but there is no air conditioning in the cabins, only fans. The bedroom nook enjoyed a breeze and a sturdy fan that did the job. If you are traveling with friends or family, the bedroom is an excellent choice for privacy. We marveled at the fireplace – I bet that gets quite a lot of use during the resorts ski season.
My favorite place in our Mt Baldy Lodge cabin was the front porch. We both brought books with us (this was before Andy got me the kindle, so you can see I was still holding on to my physical books), and we enjoyed the laid-back, surrounded by nature vibe. If you love the idea of kicking back with a cold drink and a good book for hours, I’m betting our cabin would make you smile. I’m not exactly sure how you would make it work in the winter, but during the summer, it’s a glorious place to perch.
Mt Baldy Lodge Amenities
Mt Baldy Lodge is a family-friendly place, but with enough separation that couples or singles can still have privacy. We were close to the pool, the volleyball pits and the cornhole court, but never felt impacted by noise. We spent some quality time in the pool after one of our hikes, and it was refreshing, clean and easy to access from our cabin.
When we visited, the only free Wi-Fi was in the Lodge restaurant. There is a pay service you can get in the cabins, but I put my computer away for a while, and only checked in when we were up at the restaurant (or in areas with Wi-Fi service). It was a great way to feel comfortably disconnected – we could have access if we wanted it, but we could unplug when we didn’t.
Overall, we loved our time at Mt Baldy Lodge. While just a couple of months later, my health would make trips too challenging for a while, I look back at this time fondly. And I would happily go back with Andy whenever we needed a little summer or fall escape.
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