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Buzzard Peak (North Approach)

Buzzard Peak (North Approach) Location: East Garvey Avenue South and Palomino Drive, Covina.  From L.A., take the Holt Avenue exit.  Merge onto East Garvey Avenue South and go 0.6 miles.  Park on the corner of East Garvey and Palomino, by the entrance to a gated community.  From the east, take I-10 to Holt Avenue.  Turn…

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Delamar Mountain

Delamar Mountain Location: North of Big Bear Lake.   From the intersection of Highway 38 and Highway 18 at the western end of Big Bear Lake, take Highway 38 east for 5.3 miles.  Turn left onto Polique Canyon Road, which soon becomes dirt (a little bumpy but as of this writing passable for all vehicles.)…

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Vetter Mountain

This post is dedicated in memory of the 19 firefighters who died fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, June 2013.  To donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, click here. Vetter Mountain Location: Angeles National Forest.  From I-210 in La Canada, take Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) northeast for 23.3 miles.  Turn left into the signed Charlton…

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Mt. Lowe from Eaton Saddle

Mt. Lowe from Eaton Saddle Location: Eaton Saddle, Angeles National Forest.  From I-210 in La Canada, take the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) northeast for 14 miles.  Take a right on the Mt. Wilson Red Box Road and go 2.3 miles to Eaton Saddle.  Park on the right side of the road in a small…

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Mt. Islip (North Approach)

Mt. Islip (North Approach) Location:  Angeles National Forest.  From I-210 in La Canada, take the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) northeast for 41 miles.  Just past marker 65.5, park at a dirt turnout on the side of the road (about a mile and a half past Islip Saddle).  From Highway 138, take Highway 2 west…

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Smuggler’s Cove and Yellow Banks (Santa Cruz Island)

Smuggler’s Cove and Yellow Banks  (Santa Cruz Island) Location:  Channel Islands National Park, off the Ventura coast.   Island Packers is the main travel provider to the Channel Islands National Park.  Visit their site here for schedules, fares and other information. Agency:  Channel Islands National Park/National Park Service Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation gain: 2,100 feet…

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Cahuilla Mountain

Cahuilla Mountain Location: East of Temecula, south of the San Jacinto Mountains.  From I-15, take Highway 79 southeast for 17 miles to Highway 371.  Turn left and head northeast for 11.2 miles.  Shortly after the casino, turn left on Cary Road, signed for Cahuilla Mountain.  Follow the road 3.6 miles (it changes names several times,…

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Yerba Buena Trail (Backbone Trail)

Yerba Buena Trail (Backbone Trail) Location: Western Santa Monica Mountains near the Circle X Ranch.  From the east, take Pacific Coast Highway northwest from I-10 for 24.4 miles to Encinal Canyon Road.    Turn right and follow Encinal Canyon Road for 5 miles, past Charmlee Wilderness Park, and continue onto Lechusa Road.  Go 0.1 miles…

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Mt. Bliss via Van Tassel Motorway

Mt. Bliss via Van Tassel Motorway Location: Angeles National Forest foothills north of Azusa and Duarte.  From the south, take I-605 to its northern terminus, just past I-210.  At the intersection, turn right on Huntington Drive.  Go 0.6 miles to Encanto Parkway and turn left.  Go 1.4 miles, just past the Van Tassel Motorway, and…

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