Vetter Mountain hike Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Tower Vetter Mountain Road Silver Moccasin Trail San Gabriel Mountains summit hike Angeles National Forest Vetter Mountain Lookout hike Charlton Flats Picnic Area
Vetter Mountain has got to be one of the more scenic peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, boasting a 360-degree summit that's a total stunner. For decades, hikers marched up the mountain to see the historic fire lookout tower that stood at the summit, but in 2009, the Station Fire destroyed the tower and scorched Vetter Mountain. The area is still in recovery from the... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 9, 2014
Mount Baden-Powell Trail San Gabriel Mountains hike Mt Baden Powell Summit hike Angeles National Forest Pacific Crest Trail
Mount Baden-Powell is a special summit in the San Gabriel Mountains. It is one of the range's tallest peaks at 9,399 feet and holds particular importance to the Boy Scouts of America because it memorializes the lofty accomplishments of Lord Baden-Powell who founded the Scout Movement. The views are lofty too, lording over an expanse of rugged mountains framed the San... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: April 19, 2014
Garcia Trail to Azusa Peak A sign Glendora Ridge Motorway Glendora Peak hike San Gabriel Mountains
In Griffith Park, Mount Lee has the Hollywood Sign. In the San Gabriel Mountains, Azusa Peak has "the A." The big white uppercase A just below the summit is hard to miss from the city below. You can hike to the A and up to the top of Azusa Peak on a 2 2/3-mile out and back hike with 1,275 feet of elevation gain. After the steep climb, you have the option to hike to a... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Heaton Flats Trail San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest California hike East Fork San Gabriel River Iron Mountain Allison Mine Mount Baden-Powell Sheep Mountain Wilderness
Half a mile from the start of the crowded trail to the Bridge to Nowhere, you'll find a junction with Heaton Flats Trail, which rises above the canyon carved by the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to offer big views and plenty of solitude. Enjoy panoramic perspectives of some of the most notable peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains (including Mount Baldy, Mount... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 4, 2013
Crystal Lake Trail Los Angeles San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest Azusa California hike
Diminished by drought and tarnished by wildfire, Crystal Lake is not the glistening destination it once was. Crystal Lake is the only naturally occurring lake in the San Gabriel Mountains, cradled by granite summits north of the San Gabriel River Valley above the city of Azusa at 5,500 feet. It is a 1 1/3-mile round trip paved hike to Crystal Lake with 150 feet of... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 3, 2013
Smith Mountain Upper Bear Creek Trail Los Angeles San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest California summit hike
If someone wrote a book about hiking Smith Mountain, it would be called A Tale of Two Trails. "It was the gradualist of times, it was the steepest of climbs..." This classic hike in the San Gabriel Mountains begins with three miles of single track that easily gain a thousand feet to Smith Saddle. What follows is an 800-foot scramble to the summit in less than half a... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 3, 2013
Coldbrook Campground Los Angeles camp San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest California tent camping
Coldbrook Campground is a small 20-site campground on Coldbrook Creek, which feeds into the North Fork of San Gabriel River. From Azusa, it is an 18-mile, roughly half hour drive up Route 39 to the campground in the Angeles National Forest. All sites are first-come first-serve year-round for $12 per night. Fire rings, charcoal grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, and... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: December 4, 2013
Bridge to Nowhere hike Los Angeles San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest California trail
Outside of Southern California, the phrase "bridge to nowhere" brings to mind a contested national embarrassment. For outdoor-loving Angelinos, Bridge to Nowhere is the affectionate name of a local treasure. You'll find excessive fun, not government spending, on this 10-mile round trip hike with 900 feet of elevation gain. There are several river fords on the trail to... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 24, 2013
Fish Canyon Falls San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest Hike - Fish Canyon Falls San Gabriel Mountains Angeles National Forest Waterfall Access Vulcan, Fish Canyon Falls Trail
Fish Canyon Falls is an eighty-foot tall three-tiered beauty in the San Gabriel Mountains near Azusa. Spring is the perfect time to visit the dynamic waterfall, but access is limited because there is a rock quarry blocking the trailhead. The creation of the quarry resulted in decades of disputed access to what was once one of the most popular destinations to the range. ... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 27, 2014

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