Category: Los Angeles Area

Mt. Hawkins via Dawson Saddle – Angeles National Forest

**Originally hiked: October 18, 2018** Trail Data Mileage: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet Location: Angeles National Forest Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: Moderate What to Expect in this Guide Aside from the road being closed to the trailhead we planned on doing, we ended up…

Mt. Islip via Windy Gap Loop – Angeles National Forest

There’s many different trails around this area, we opted to take a loop around to hit the top . I’m very fond of loop hikes and this was quite lovely with the fresh coat of snow on the ground. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type…

Cactus to Clouds – Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto

Where: Mount San Jacinto State Park Mileage: 23 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation gain: 10,400 ft Type: Out-and-to tram Cactus to Clouds isn’t just some hike you wake up and say I feel like hiking 23 miles today. Do not consider this hike unless you…

San Ysidro Trail – Los Padres National Forest

Where: Los Padres National Forest Mileage: 10.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back To get to the trailhead: From US 101 South take San Ysidro exit. Turn left on San Ysidro. East Valley Rd. make a right. Park Lane. will…

Mt. Hawkins via Islip Saddle – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 10.1 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 2200 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From 210 take Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) for about 39 miles to Islip Saddle. The parking lot is across the street from the…

Cactus to Clouds Attempt

May 8th, this Sunday I will be testing my limits with a small group who is attempting a hike called “Cactus to Clouds”, a 23 mile hike in one day. Midnight we will start off on our journey from Palms Springs, taking step by…

Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 15.2 Type: Out and back Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation gain: 4200 feet Recommended: lots of water, start early To get to the trailhead: From Los Angeles go East on 210. Exit on Santa Anita Rd. and head north by making a…

Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Accepted

I’ve needed to be challenged for a while and well I decided to join and do the 2016 Six-Pack Peak Challenge. I first came upon this challenge when I was looking into the possibility of doing the John Muir Trail or the High Sierra…

Inspiration Point to Guffy Campground – Pacific Crest Trail

Where: San Gabriel Mountains Mileage: 10.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Easy Elevation gain: 840 feet Recommended: lunch for day trip, lots of water   To get to the trailhead: From Wrightwood, take Hwy 2 westbound. Pass Big Pines and park at the Inspiration Point parking…

Big Santa Anita Canyon – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 9.2 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation gain: 1800 feet Recommended: Forest Adventure Pass, Fire Permit   To get to the trailhead: Exit Santa Anita Avenue off the 210 Freeway and go North (towards the mountains). Go all the way to…

Seeley Creek Trail – San Bernardino National Forest

Where: San Bernardino National Forest Mileage: 1.4 miles Elevation gain: 200 feet Difficulty: Easy Directions: From the 210 freeway, take exit 76 (Waterman Ave). Drive north on Waterman Ave. After 2 miles this becomes Highway 18 (Rim of the World Highway). At about 11…

Cheeseboro Canyon – Santa Monica Mountains

Where: Santa Monica Mountains Mileage: 13.1 miles Difficulty: Easy Recommended: Good for trail run or mountain biking To get to the trailhead: From the coast take Topanga Canyon Blvd east. Turn left on Mulholland Drive. Get on the 101 North and exit onto Cheeseboro…