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Local Hikes Schedule Write-ups by Southern Courtney

This information can be used as a draft in preparing your trip information.  You need to verify the information and modify the write-up to your particular outing. We would like to thank Southern and Brent Washburne for all their hard work in creating this document.

SCHEDULE WRITE-UPS FOR: PEAKS OF THE SAN GABRIEL'S

O: Akawie (7283’), Winston Peak (7502’): About 5 mi rt with 1500’ of gain. We’ll do Akawie followed by Winston Pk, where we’ll do lunch. We’ll do a down and around on the return. Have food, water, and good footwear. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt. Ldrs:

O: Baden-Powell (9399’): 8 mi rt with 2800’ of gain. The drive to Vincent Gap is long but the hike and views are great. After lunch it’s all down hill! Meet 8 am at La Canada rideshare pt. Have plenty of water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Baden-Powell (9399’) and Burnham (8997’): 9 mi 2400’ of gain, loss 2800’. We’ll start at Dawson Saddle and end at Vincent Gap. Car shuttles 8 mi. Meet 8 am at La Canada rideshare pt Have plenty of water lunch, good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Bare Mtn. (6388’), Hillyer (6200’): First we’ll do Bare, 2 mi rt with 1200’ gain; a steep climb to this bare peak. Drive back to do Hillyer: an easy half hour with 300’ of gain. Meet at La Canada rideshare pt with water, and food. Ldrs:

O: Barley Flats (5600’): From Alder Creek we’ll hike up the Barley Flats Trl 4 mi with 2200’ of gain to summit. Return 4 mi no gain. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt. With water, lunch, good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Barley Flats (5600’), Lawlor (5957’) Loop: We’ll hike from Red Box on old road 3 mi with 1000’ of gain to Barley Flats. Then do an another 2 mi with 800’ of gain to Lawlor. After lunch we drop down west to saddle and return the 2 mi to Red Box. Meet 9 an at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Bighorn Pk (8441’). Starting at 5000’ we climb 4 mi with 2600’ of gain to Icehouse Saddle. From there its another 1 mi and 800’ gain to our peak. Total 10 mi, 3200’ gain. Meet at 8:30 am Baldy rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Burnham (8997’): From Dawson Saddle (7900+’) we most gain only 1100’ in a little over 3 mi to the summit. The last part on use trail is a little steep. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Cole Pt (5604’): 4 mi rt with 1500’ of gain. This hike is a little harder than it sounds. Why? Much it is on use trail with even a little cross-country. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Condor Pk (5440’): 7 ½ mi rt on road & trail. Gain 1000’ plus 900’ on the return. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

Dawson see Pine

O: Deception (5796’), Disappointment (5960’): 5 ½ mi rt with 1500’ of gain to do these old peaks. Will have some fun coming down from the peaks! Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Emma (5273’), Old Emma (5063’): 2 mi with a 1000’ of gain get us to Emma. Old Emma will be reached by another 1 ½ mi and 500’ gain hike. Need check this out before taking group.

O: Fox #2 (5033’): can be added to the Condor hike see Condor Need to check out best way from Big Tujunga Canyon.

O: Gleason (6502’), & Messenger Flats CG: From 6 mi in, below detention center, on Mt. Gleason Road we’ll hike the PCT 7 mi rt with 1000’ of gain. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Gleason (6502’): We’ll drive 8.8 mi on the Gleason Rd and park. Hike down road Ύ mi to near Lightning Point. Take tr. 1 ½ mi to Messenger Flats. Explorer the ups in this area. Have lunch. Hike up short ways to Gleason and exit to our cars. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt. With water, lunch, good footwear. Ldrs: (this could be a good deli outing…)

O: Gleason (6502’) & Gleason Mines: 5 mi rt with 1000’ of gain. We will hike to see the mines, which John Robinson wrote about in his Trails of the Angeles pp. 132-133. Should be fun! Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare, water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Hawkins (8850’): 10 mi rt with 2400’ gain, all on good trail or perhaps a little use-tr. We drive 40+ mi to Islip Saddle our trailhead. Return is almost all down hill. Meet at 8 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Hawkins (8850’), Islip (8250’), Throop (9138’): A moderate 9 mi shuttle hike from Dawson saddle (7900’+) to Islip Saddle (6500’). Gain 1900’, if you skip Islip only 1300’. Meet 8 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Hillyer (6200’+): 6 mi rt with 900’ of gain. From Chilao we’ll hike up the Silver Moccasin Trail to House Flats CG. Then up one of many ways to the peak and return one of the many ways! Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Hillyer (6200’): From Chilao Visitor Center, to Newcomb Ranch, to Bandido, to Hillyer. Leader choice as to how to get up down Hillyer. About 6 mi with 1200’. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Iron Mtn. #1 Big Iron! See HPS guide # 15D

O: Iron Mtn. #2 (5635’): 4 ½ mi with 600’ plus 700’ on the return. Mostly road with some use-tr. Good views. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Iron Mtn #2 (5635’): 10 mi rt with 800’ gain from Lightning Pt via Trail Cyn Tr. Well’ walk lush Pocoina Cyn. Meet 9:00 am at La Canada with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Iron Mtn #3 (5040"): 5 mi rt 1500’ gain from Monte Cristo CG, on road and use-trail. Meet at 9:00 am La Canada with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Islip (8250’) from Lake: 8 mi rt with 2500’ gain. We’ll need a short shuttle inside Crystal Lake Cpgrd. Climb the Windy Gap Tr then up to summit. Return via Big Cienega Tr and the new Lost Ridge Trail to lake. Meet at __am Azusa rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Islip (8250’) from Crystal Lake CG: 8 mi rt 2400’ gain. Up Windy Gap Tr, down Big Cienega Tr. Meet __am Azusa rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Islip (8250’) from Islip Saddle: 6 mi rt 1300’ gain. Always a good one. Meet __ am La Canada with water, lunch, good footwear:

O: Islip (8250’), Middle Hawkins (8505’): 7 mi rt with 1400’ of gain. Start from ACH below Windy Gap; pass through Little Jimmy to Islip, back to Gap. up trail to junction, and out to Middle H. Meet at __am La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Josephine Pk (5558’) via Colby Cyn: 8 mi 2500’ rt. Great views from top. Meet 9:00 am La Canada with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Kratka Ridge (7515’), Waterman (8038’): 6 mi 1900’ gain. Car shuttle. Fun ups and downs! Meet at__ am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lawlor (5957’): 6 mi rt with 1400’ of gain. From Red Box and back. Does include a steep ridge! Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lawlor (5957’), Barley Flats (5600’+): 8 mi rt with 1600’ of gain. Red Box to saddle, to Lawlor, use-tr. to Barley Flats and lunch. Return via old road. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lowe (5603’), Inspiration Pt, Mt Muir Loop: 8 mi rt with 1500’ gain. After summit of Lowe we drop down the west side tr to road leading to Inspiration. Those who want a longer lunch stop here while others bag Muir. Return via east side. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, history books, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lowe (5603’) from Lake Street: 13 mi with 3800’ of gain. Will use Castle Canyon up and Sam Merrill down. Meet at 8 am top of Lake Street in Altadena. Have water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lukens (5074’): About 9 mi rt, with 2900’ of gain hike from Duekmejian Wilderness Park. We’ll hike up the new/old Dunsmore Cyn Ridge Trl and return by road and steep Cooks Cyn Ridge Trl. Meet 9 at La Canada rideshare with water, food, jacket, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lukens (5074’) via Stone Cyn Trl: 7 mi rt, with 3300’ of gain. Up hill all the up but down hill all the down. Great views. Meet at 8 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, jacket, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Lukens (5074’): 10 mi rt, with 2200’ of gain. Start and finish at mi post 30.0 on Hwy 2. Will do some use-tr ridges on the way down. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, jacket, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Markham (5742’), Lowe 5603’): 4+ mi rt, with perhaps 1000’ of gain. We’ll start and end at Eaton Saddle. Markhan has some steep parts! Lunch on good old Lowe. Very easy return. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Middle Hawkins (8505’) from Islip Saddle: 8+ mi rt with 2000’ of gain and a downhill return. Many great views. Meet 8 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, good footwear and cheer. Ldrs:

O: Monrovia see HPS 15 A

O: Moony (5840’) to Sally (5408’) shuttle: 6 mi up/down ridge hike, over Devil & Memorial, to Sally w/great views, car shuttle. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Occidental (5732’), Wilson (5732’), Harvard (5441’): 7 mi with 1200’ of gain to bag these 3 close by peaks: Meet 9:00 am at La Canada with water, food, good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Ontario (8693’): 10.6 mi rt with 3700’ gain, somewhat strenuous! 2600’ of gain to Icehouse Saddle in 3.2 mi. Gain last 1100’ in 2.1 mi to the peak. Return down hill! Meet at 8 am Baldy rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Pacifico (7124’): 10 mi rt with 1700’ gain. We start from near Pinyon Flats using the PCT for 4 mi to use-tr on N ridge that at times is steep & fun. Meet at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Pacifico (7124’) from Mill Creek Summit: 12 mi rt with 2200’ of gain. ½ mi steep climb at end! Shorter opts. Meet at 8 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Pacifico (7200’): 6 mi rt with 1700’ gain from Alder Saddle, via SE ridge (XC). 32 mi from La Canada. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Pallet (7760’): 14 mi rt with 2200’ of gain, plus 850’ on return. Burkhart Tr to Burkhart Saddle, and east up steep use tr to summit. Meet at __am La Canada Rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Pallet (7760’) from Williamson (8214’) and back: Strenuous 11 mi rt with 3400’ of gain. The return back to Williamson form Pallet is the hardest part. Meet at __am La Canada rideshare pt with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

Pine #1 See HPS #16C

O: Pinyon Ridge see HPS #13H

O: Pleasant View Ridge (7983’), Will Thrall Peak (7845’): 16 mi rt with 2500’ of gain and 950’ on the return. This is a strenuous day. Meet at __am La Canada rideshare pt with lots of water & food, good footwear & cheer. Ldrs:

O: Rattlesnake Pk see HPS #15C

O: Ross Mtn. (7402’) via Baden-Powell (9339): From Vincent Gap it is a 12 mi rt with 4800’ of gain. 4 mi with 2800’ of gain to B-P, and 2 mi with 2000’ of gain on the return from Ross. This is a strenuous day have plenty of water, food, good footwear, and be physical ready. Meet at 6 am La Canada rideshare pt. Ldrs:

O: Sally (5408’): Easy 2 Ό mi rt with 600’ of gain form Shortcut parking area. Good views form the summit. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare area with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Mount San Antonio (Baldy!) (10,064’): 8 mi rt 3900’ gain from Manker Flats (6200’) We’ll hike road for about 1 mi to Ski Hut Trl an on up to Ski Hut (8200’). After a rest those who wish to will push on to summit and return the same way. Meet 8 am at Baldy rideshare pt with water, food, jacket, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Mount San Antonio (Baldy!) (10,064’): 11 mi rt with 3900’ of gain via road to Baldy Notch, and to Devils Backbone, and steep climb to summit Return via the Ski Hut. Meet at 8 am Baldy rideshare pt with plenty of water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Sam Gabriel Pk (6161’), Mt. Disappointment (5960’), Mt. Deception (5796’): 6 mi rt with 1700’ of gain. We’ll use the JPL Tr etc. And an interesting exit! Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: San Gabriel Pk (6161’) Mt Lowe (5603’): 5 mi rt with 1500’ gain. Loop with car shuttle between JPL Tr & Eaton Saddle. Some may do Markham 5742’! Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Smith Mtn (5111’): Hike to summit or stop at saddle. Summit: 7 mi rt 1800’+. Saddle 6 mi rt 960’. Saddle to peak 1 rt 871’. Meet at 9 am Azusa rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Smith Mtn (5111’) shuttle: 6.5 mi rt with 871’ gain, near 2000’ of loss. Should be a fun day. Meet at 9 am Azusa rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: South Hawkins (7783’), Middle Hawkins (8505’): 8 mi rt with 1800’ of gain. Park below Windy Gap a mi beyond Islip Saddle. Sadie too! Meet at 8 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Strawberry Pk (6164’): 6+ mi rt with 1564’ of gain. Red Box to saddle 2.3 mi 600’, saddle to Pk .7 mi 964’. Lunch is great on the summit! Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Strawberry Pk (6164’): 7 mi rt with 2900’ of gain with a little low level class 3 climbing (use hands as well as feet). Gain to water tank is 1300’ up Colby Canyon Tr in 2+ mi. Tank to peak 1mi 1400’! Meet at 9 am La Canada with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

Sugarloaf Pk see HPS #7

O: Telegraph Pk (8985’), Thunder Mtn (8587’): 13 mi rt with about 3600’ of gain on road and trail. If we use the ski lift save: 7 mi rt and over 1600’ of gain. Meet at __am Baldy rideshare pt. Have water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Thunder Mtn (8587’), Telegraph Pk (8985’), Timber (8303’) Icehouse Saddle & Cyn: Using the ski lift we’ll do about 14 mi with 3000’+ of gain. Pace will be moderate for this not easy hike. Car shuttle needed. Meet at 7 am Baldy rideshare pt. Have plenty of water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Timber (8303’) via Icehouse Cyn: 9 mi rt with 3300’ gain. The hard part is getting to Icehouse Saddle, easy return. Meet 9 am at Baldy rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

Throop Pk (9138’): 5 mi rt, 1200’ gain hike; opt longer hike. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Twin Peaks (7761’): Strenuous 11.2 mi rt, 2700’ gain. Buckhorn, back. Do whole or part. Meet 8 am at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Vetter Lookout (5908’): 6 mi rt 700’+ gain loop hike from Charlton Flats. Tr & use tr. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Vetter Lookout (5908’), Hillyer (6200’): About 8 mi with 2000’ gain. Car shuttle. Good tr & tall trees. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Vetter Lookout (5908’), Mount Mooney (5840’) Loop from Charlton Flats: About 7 mi, 1500’ gain. Meet 9 at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

I: Vetter Lookout (5908’): 8 mi loop, 2000’ gain from Upr Big Tujunga Rd. Up via Silver Moccasin Tri, down via W ridge (a new scenic route). Short car shuttle. Meet 9:00 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Waterman Mt (8038’): 7 mi rt on tr, 1300’ gain on good tr. 34 mi drive to park above Buckhorn. Meet at La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Waterman Mt (8038’) from Three Points: Nearly 8.5 mi to reach summit with 2200’ gain. Only 3 down hill mi to shuttled cars parked above Buckhorn. Meet at 8 am La Canada rideshare with plenty of water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Waterman Mt (8038’) Loop from Buckhorn: 7 mi loop, 1500’ gain via: Buckhorn campgr to low saddle, old ski hut, etc. one steep section. Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: 6th Annual Great Mt Waterman (8038’) Rendezvous: About 9 mi 2000’gain. Cloudburst Summit loop via Akawie (7283’), Buckhorn Springs Saddle, old hut, more. Bring enough food or drink to share with 8. Meet at 8 am La Canada rideshare pt. Have plenty of water and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Will Thrall see Pleasant View Ridge

O: Williamson (8214’): 5 mi 1700+ gain to the final pt and rt. From Islip Saddle to the west side parking shuttle. Meet 9 am at La Canada with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Mtn Wilson (5710’): 10 mi loop with 2600’ gain form Mtn Wilson Rd down the Rattlesnake Tr to W Fork & Devore CG, then up to Newcombs Pass and along Rim Tr to Mtn Wilson. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare pt with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Winston Pk (7502’), Winston Ridge (7003’) figure 8 loop. 5 mi rt with 1100’ gain. Start and end at Cloudburst Summit Meet at 9 am La Canada rideshare with water, lunch, and good footwear. Ldrs:

O: Winston Ridge (7003’) from Buckhorn CG: 6 mi, 1400’ gain. End at Cloudburst Summit. Car Shuttle. See beautiful Cooper Cyn. Meet 9 am at La Canada rideshare with water, food, and good footwear. Ldrs:

Wright Mtn see HPS # 16B