Tag: High Desert

Trona Pinnacles

Location: Northwestern San Bernardino County, east of Ridgecrest. From US 395, exit at the Searles Station Cutoff, turn right and head northeast for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Trona Road and go 8.5 miles to Highway 178. Turn right and head east on Highway 178 for 7.4 miles to the signed entrance to the Pinnacles.…

Trona Pinnacles

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Fossil Falls

Location: Inyo County, near Olancha. From US 395 (20 miles north of the junction with highway 14), look for Cinder Road, signed for Fossil Falls. Turn right and follow Cinder Road for 0.6 miles to a junction. Turn right and follow the access road another 0.6 miles to its ending at a small parking lot.…

Fossil Falls, Inyo County, CA

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Burnt Peak/Sawmill Mountain

Burnt Peak/Sawmill Mountain Location: Sierra Pelona mountains, north Los Angeles County near Lake Hughes. From I-5, take the Lake Hughes Rd. exit and head northeast for 23 miles to its end at Pine Canyon Rd. Turn left on Pine Canyon Rd. and go 4.7 miles. Look for a large clearing on the left side of…

Burnt Peak, Angeles National Forest

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Old Mt. Emma

Old Mt. Emma Location: Mt. Emma Road, northwestern San Gabriel Mountains. From the 14 Freeway, take exit 30 (Sierra Highway/Angeles Forest Highway). Take Sierra Highway northeast for 2.2 miles (it becomes Pearblossom Highway on the way) to Barrel Springs Road. Turn right and go 2.5 miles to 47 St. E. Turn right and go 1.3…

Descending Mt. Emma, Angeles National Forest

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Slide Mountain Lookout

Slide Mountain Lookout Location: Angeles National Forest, northwest of Valencia and Castaic. From I-5, take the Templin Highway exit. Head west (turn left if you’re coming from the south; right if from the north) and take a quick right on Golden State Highway. Drive 5 miles to the road’s end at Frenchman’s Flat Campground. A…

Pyramid Lake, northwest Los Angeles County, CA as seen from the Slide Mountain Trail, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Devil’s Punchbowl Loop

Devil’s Punchbowl Loop Location: High desert near Valyermo and Pearblossom.  From Highway 14, take the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway, go 0.8 miles and continue onto Pearblossom Highway.  Go 1.4 miles and turn right on Barrel Springs Road.  Go 3.5 miles and turn right on Cheseboro Road.  Go 0.6 miles and turn left…

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Saddleback Butte State Park

Saddleback Butte State Park Location: High desert east of Lancaster and north of Pearblossom and Valyermo.  From L.A., take the 14 Freeway to the Pearblossom Highway exit.  Merge onto Sierra Highway and follow it 0.8 miles to Pearblossom Highway. Go 4.5 miles and continue onto Avenue T.  Go 11 miles and turn left on 170th…

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Sierra Pelona Loop

Sierra Pelona Loop Location: Sierra Pelona Mountains west of Palmdale and north of Santa Clarita.  From L.A. take the 14 Freeway to the Red Rover Mine exit.  Merge onto Ward Road, go 0.3 miles and continue onto Sierra Highway.  Go a mile and bear right on Shannondale Road.  Go 0.7 miles and turn right on…

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Sandberg/Golden Eagle Loop

Sandberg/Golden Eagle Loop Location:  Northwestern Los Angeles County, between Castaic and Gorman.  From I-5, take the exit for Highway 138 and head east for 4.3 miles.  Turn right on the Old Ridge Route and go a total of 2.7 miles to the town site of Sandberg.  Park on the side of the road near the…

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Oak Flat Trail

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