Did you know that you can go snow tubing by driving just an hour from Irvine? Last week I went to check out Mt Baldy with my family, and we had a blast. We drove for about 30 freeway minutes (with no traffic) and then drove about 30 minutes up the mountain. Right now, there is a Groupon deal for Mt Baldy tubing that saves you a lot of money.
Their website suggests that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the session, but that was not enough. We went on a Friday and arrived at 11:30am, with plans to go tubing at 12:30pm, but this session was already full. They only had a few spots left for the 2:30pm session, so some people who had made the drive up had to turn around and go home, and this was on a Friday! If you go, I would recommend getting there early in the morning ensure that you actually get to go tubing.
We then enjoyed a beautiful chair lift ride up the mountain. The top of the mountain is 5000 feet above sea level! It’s beautiful, and from the top, you can enjoy the breath taking view and crisp clean air. Since we had extra time, we enjoyed lunch at their mountain top restaurant, The Notch. They served a casual lunch menu with a kids menu. I got the burger and fries and I thought that it was pretty good. If you do get the burger, consider splitting it. It was $13 and it was a huge portion! Perfect for sharing. After eating, we just walked around and took pictures and played in the snow. They entire top of the mountain is covered in snow, so it was a treat to have the extra time to play in in the snow before our tubing session.
The actual tubing session was a blast. It’s amazing that in just a day trip, you can leave behind you the beaches, malls, and crowded freeways and enjoy the mountains. Go soon before it’s too late!
Know Before You Go:
- To get to the snow tubing area you need to ride a chairlift, so take this into account if you are afraid of heights.
- Sessions are sold on a first come first served basis so get there early in the morning to ensure you will be able to snow tube.
- Tubes are provided.
- Wear appropriate snow clothes and boots so that you can stay dry in the snow.
- Mt. Baldy doesn’t have moving carpets, so after you go down the hill, you have to walk back up!
Regular price for adults: $45 at Mt Baldy, starting at $29 online.
Regular price for kids over 42″: $35 at Mt. Baldy and starting at $27 online.
For kids 36″- 42″: $20 at Mt. Baldy and starting at $ 23 online (which doesn’t make sense, but that is what they show online).
Parking: $5 cash
Right now there is a Groupon deal, for only $25 a person. After purchasing the Groupon, you must activate the voucher ahead of time. When you arrive, they will have your name on their list. There is no internet service when you arrive, so you must do this from home. The Groupon includes a 20 minute scenic ride to the top of the mountain, and 90 minutes of tubing. Tubing sessions are on a first come, first served basis!
Tubing sessions are on a first come, first served basis for the following start times: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Must be 36″ to go tubing. I didn’t see them measure anyone, and some kids looked shorter, but this is what they have posted.
Mt. Baldy, 8401 Mt Baldy Rd. Mt Baldy, CA 91759
~Michelle, Blog Contributor
About the Author
Michelle and her husband have one daughter, Juliette, 4. Michelle serves at The Children’s pastor at The Crossing Church. Michelle loves taking Juliette on adventures in Orange County! When she has time, she loves to make videos to capture the memories that they create so that they can enjoy them for a lifetime.