Tag: forest

Mt. Baldy, Dawson Peak and Pine Mountain via Backbone Trail: Angeles National Forest

Most people who climb Mt. Baldy go via the Ski Hut Route and do not know that there are a few different ways up to Mt. Baldy, this one being the shorter way up, but not easier. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type Angeles National Forest 8.2 miles…

John Muir Trail: Why We Opted Out of Doing the JMT!

It’s taken me a while to write this, because I’ve been in a funk since we decided to postpone doing the John Muir Trail this year. If you are just tuning in, this March I was awarded permits to do the John Muir Trail, a…

Momyer Creek Trail – Falls Creek Trail Loop: San Gorgonio Wilderness

First day we ascended 1 mile vertical; make sure you train before doing this. The trail is in the San Gorgonio Wilderness; the area is a rare treasure only 75 miles away from congested Los Angeles. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type San Gorgonio Wilderness…

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…

Steelhead Falls – Deschutes River

Where: Crooked River Ranch Mileage: 1.2 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: Little to none Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Terrebonne on Hwy 97 North, turn left onto Lower Bridge Road. In 2.1 miles turn right on 43rd St. 1.8 miles…

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…

Proxy Falls – Willamette National Forest

Where: Willamette National Forest Mileage: 1.98 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: Little to none Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Highway 126 and 242 junction, take Hwy 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway) for 6.5 miles. You will see a Proxy Falls trailhead…

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…

Peanut Lake via Meysan Lakes Trail – Inyo National Forest

Where: Inyo National Forest Mileage: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back   Permits: To hike Meysan Lakes overnight you can either walk-up and get a permit at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine for free or…

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…