Category: Season: Summer

Bear Ridge to Mt. Baldy

Location: Mt. Baldy Visitor Center. From I-210, take Mountain Avenue north (it becomes Shinn Road on the way) until it ends at a T-junction with Mt. Baldy Road.  Take a right and go 5 miles to Mt. Baldy Village. Park next to the visitor’s center. A National Forest Service adventure pass ($5 for a day…

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Rattlesnake Peak

Location: Shoemaker Canyon Road, Angeles National Forest. From the 210 Freeway in Azusa, take Highway 39 north for a total of 11.7 miles. Turn right onto East Fork Road and go 3.3 miles to Shoemaker Canyon Road. Bear left and follow Shoemaker Canyon Road for 1.9 miles to its ending at a large dirt turnout…

Rattlesnake Peak, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Chorro Grande Trail Camp

Location: Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, northern Ventura County. From Highway 33, head east on Pine Mountain Ridge Road (31.5 miles north of Highway 150, 49 miles north of Highway 101 and 5.8 miles south of Lockwood Valley Road). The signed Chorro Grande trail head (23w05) is on the right side of the road…

Chorro Grande Trail Camp, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Sunday Peak

Sunday Peak Location: Sequoia National Forest near Alta Sierra, northern Kern County. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 north for 6 miles to Wofford Heights. Turn left to stay on Highway 155 (Evans Rd.) and follow it for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. Turn right on Rancheria Road (note the sign for Sunday Peak as…

Sunday Peak, Kern County, CA

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Reyes Peak

Location: Pine Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, northern Ventura County. From Highway 33, head east on Pine Mountain Ridge Road (31.5 miles north of Highway 150, 49 miles north of Highway 101 and 5.8 miles south of Lockwood Valley Road). Follow the road 7.1 miles to the Reyes Peak Trail Head at the end (the…

Reyes Peak, Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Unal Trail

Unal Trail Location: Greenhorn Summit, Kern County. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 north to the town of Wofford Heights. Continue northwest on Highway 155 for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. Turn left on Rancheria Road and park where available near the signed Unal Trail Head, just past the ranger station. If you are coming…

Sunday Peak from Unal Summit, Kern County, CA

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Twin Peaks (San Gabriels)

Location: Mt. Waterman trail head, Angeles National Forest. From La Canada Flintridge, take Highway 2/Angeles Crest Highway northeast for 34 miles and park in a small turnout on the right, by mile marker 58.02, just short of the Buckhorn Campground entrance. Agency: Angeles National Forest/Santa Clarita and Mojave Rivers Ranger District Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation…

Twin Peaks, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Trail of 100 Giants

Trail of 100 Giants Location: Giant Sequoia National Monument, Tulare County. From Highway 65 in Ducor (31 miles north of Highway 99 and 12 miles south of Highway 190) head east on Avenue 56/Fountain Springs Avenue. In 7.6 miles, bear right onto Hot Springs Road. Follow it 20 miles and make a hairpin left turn…

Trail of 100 Giants, Giant Sequoia National Monument

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain Location: This post describes the shortest approach to Sugarloaf Mountain, from forest road 2n93 (Wildhorse Meadows Road on Google Maps) in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. Reaching this trail head requires six miles of driving each way on a rocky dirt road, so high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.…

View from Sugarloaf Mountain, San Bernardino National Forest

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Lake Gregory Trail

Lake Gregory Trail Lake Gregory Regional Park, Crestline. If you are just planning on walking around the perimeter of the lake, limited free parking is available on San Moritz Drive, on the lake’s south shore. From I-210 in San Bernardino, take the Waterman Ave/Highway 18 exit (76) and head north for 11.2 miles to the…

Lake Gregory, Crestline, CA

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Town Trail (Big Bear Lake)

Town Trail (Big Bear Lake) Location: Snow Summit Ski Resort, Big Bear Lake. Take Highway 18 to Summit Blvd. (5.7 miles east of the western end of Big Bear Lake; 3.5 miles west of downtown Big Bear City). Head south on Summit Blvd. for 0.5 mile and turn right into the large parking lot. The…

Pines and oaks on the Town Trail, Big Bear Lake, CA

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Mine Gulch Trail

Mine Gulch Trail Location: Vincent Gap, Angeles National Forest. The large parking lot is on the south side of the Angeles Crest Highway, 15 miles east of Highway 138, 8.7 miles west of Wrightwood, 5.2 miles west of Big Pines and 53 miles east of La Canada. Check road conditions before visiting. A National Forest…

Mine Gulch, Angeles National Forest

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Mt. Lewis

Mt. Lewis Location: Dawson Gap, Angeles National Forest. From I-210 in La Canada, take the Angeles Crest Highway (route 2) northeast for 45 miles to Dawson Gap. Park on the north side of the road, at a turnout near mile marker 69.6. From I-15, head west on Highway 138 for 8.6 miles. Turn left on…

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San Bernardino Peak

San Bernardino Peak Location: Angelus Oaks, San Bernardino Mountains on Highway 38, 20 miles northeast of Redlands and 30 miles southwest of the junction with Highway 18 at the east end of Big Bear Lake. Turn off on Mountain Home Creek Road (left if you’re coming from Big Bear; right if from Redlands) and then…

San Bernardino Peak, CA

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Onyx Peak

Onyx Peak Location: Onyx Summit, Highway 38. From I-10 in Redlands, take University Ave and head north for one mile. Turn right onto Lugonia/Highway 38 and follow it for 33.6 miles to a large parking lot on the right side of the road. From the junction with Highway 18 at the eastern end of Big…

Southeast view from Onyx Peak, San Bernardino National Forest, CA

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