It was just a few days into February 2017 and the snow was already starting to melt in the Mt Baldy area mountains. Kim and I wanted to get a short snow hike in before the snow completely melted. So we drove up the hill on a Thursday to avoid the crowds and hopefully test out […]
San Gabriel Mountains
The San Gabriel Mountains are a transverse mountain range located within the Angeles National Forest in northern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County in California. The majority of the San Gabriel Mountains was designated the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument on October 10, 2014 by President Obama.
The hikes featured below, are located within the San Gabriel Mountains.
Mt Islip (pronounced “eye-slip”) is a nifty 8,250-foot high mountain peak located in the San Gabriel Mountains south of Hwy 2 and north of Crystal Lake. The summit features superb 360-degree views and can be reached by several different trails. Mt Islip is pretty much considered an essential peak to bag within the San Gabriel Mountains. For […]
Hiked up to San Gabriel Peak along with fellow recon day hikers, Kim and Haydee. We ended up doing Mt Disappointment and Mt Lowe while we were in the area, but San Gabriel Peak was the highlight. We met several hikers on the San Gabriel Peak trail and at the summit, bumped into these two […]
Stoddard Peak is a relatively low mountain with an elevation of 4,624-feet. It is located a couple miles south of Mt Baldy Village, east of Mt Baldy Road. Getting to the summit involves a cool six-mile hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain that starts at the Mt Baldy Wilderness Preserve parking area at […]
Telegraph Peak is an 8,985 foot high mountain located in the San Gabriel Mountains between Timber Mountain and Thunder Mountain, east of Mt Baldy. Like Thunder Mountain, Telegraph Peak is normally hiked as part of the 13 mile, 5000 foot gain Three T’s hike starting from Icehouse Canyon. But for THIS hike, you will do two of the […]
Although Thunder Mountain is normally hiked as part of the 13 mile, 5000 foot gain Three T’s hike which also includes Telegraph Peak and Timber Mountain, this relatively quick and easy hike involves a simple walk up from the Mt Baldy Notch on a well maintained service road. Once you reach the summit, you can […]
Wild and majestic. That’s a good way to describe the superb hike to the 8,850 foot high Mt Hawkins with the option to also bag the 9,138 foot high Throop Peak along the way. Starting and finishing at the Dawson Saddle, the entire hike is just over six miles long. The elevation gain is moderate. And the […]
At 9,138 feet high, Throop Peak (pronounced Troop) is not only taller than Cucamonga Peak, Ontario Peak, Thunder Mountain, Timber Mountain, Telegraph Peak (the Three T’s) and Iron Mountain, but also a worthy place to hike for even beginning peak baggers due to the relatively high elevation of the trailhead at Dawson Saddle and the outstanding views. […]
It sits about 10 miles west of Wrightwood. At 9,399 feet high, Mt Baden Powell is lofty mountain peak located in the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains. There are a couple ways to get to the summit, but the most direct route is the 41 switchbacks leading up from Vincent Gap. The entire trail […]
The Mt Baldy Notch Trail, also known as the Baldy Notch Service Road, is a no-nonsense dirt service road that runs from the San Antonio Falls parking area at Manker Flats to the Mt Baldy Notch. Although it is just a service road, the trail serves an important role in maintaining access up and down the mountain when the ski lift […]