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Summit 2760 via Mystic Canyon Trail and Monroe Truck Trail (Big Dalton Canyon)
From the edge of Glendora, this hike from Big Dalton Canyon Park provides a taste of the Angeles National Forest. Summit 2760 is a bump along the ridge on the north side of Big Dalton Canyon with nice views of the L.A. area and the high peaks of the eastern San Gabriels. If the weather is clear, you can see the Palos Verdes Peninsula, downtown Santa Monica and Catalina Island.
From the parking area, cross Big Dalton Canyon Road and begin hiking on the Mystic Trail. The trail enters a grove of trees, staying straight as the Big Dalton Trail heads right. Unfortunately, the trees amount to little more than a tease, as there is not much shade on the hike. The trail leaves the canyon and climbs steeply over loose terrain. Keep in mind that when you are descending this stretch, your legs are likely to be tired, so take extra care.
The Mystic Canyon Trail zigzags its way up the canyon, taking in some nice views, reaching the Lower Monroe Truck Trail after a mile. You will also see the steep Poop-Out Trail, an alternative route, and the lower end of the truck trail leading down to Glendora Mountain Road. After enjoying the view, turn right and continue your ascent on the motorway, which is a defacto single-track trail.
At 1.4 miles, the trail bends around to a north facing slope, offering some pleasant shade. It makes a wide curve to the west, with some good views of the L.A. Basin and makes a few more switchbacks. You will see the bump of Summit 2760 at this point, as well as the more prominent bump of Summit 3397 in the distance.
After rounding the bottom of the bump, at 2.8 miles, look for a spur in back of you heading uphill to Summit 2760. After enjoying the view, you can return by the same route or continue following the trail to Summit 3397, 1.8 miles farther. The taller summit is used as a bee keeping facility in the spring, and is fenced off, but if you can’t make it all the way to the peak, a saddle just below, with great views of Mt. Baldy, is a good destination.