Mount Williamson is a relatively short hike, but if you want easy access to the San Gabriel high country and some amazing views along the way, then you would be hard pressed to find a better trail.
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This 23 mile hike connects three different trails together into an epic loop that showcases the variety of ecosystems the San Gabriel Mountains have to offer.
The Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness doesn’t seem to get much attention. Despite living nearby, I have been ignoring it for years as well. Callie and I hit the trail to rectify that mistake and got in a great training hike in the process. Continue reading
The Mount Baldy Ski Hut trail is one of the most scenic trails in the San Gabriel Mountains. After a snowstorm, it gets even better and provides a great opportunity for hikers to experience winter in Southern California.
A day of solitude surrounded by miles of untouched wilderness and snow capped peaks, all contained in a Sunday hike in LA’s backyard. Even I didn’t think that was possible.
With the suburban sprawl of the Inland Empire surrounding its west side and plush resorts in Palm Springs flanking the east, San Jacinto State Park provides a convenient refuge for Los Angeles hikers looking for an escape from the grid. Most visitors access the park via a tram that ascends from Palm Springs for close to a mile of elevation gain to an altitude of 8516 feet. On the opposite side of the mountain, a number of trails offer more ambitious and desolate routes to the summit. The Marion Mountain trail is probably the most popular of those routes, and with good reason. It’s a phenomenal hike that at times feels more like the Sierra than a local LA trail.
About an hour west of Los Angeles, Sandstone Peak features a dazzling vista of the Pacific that rivals any view that I’ve seen in Southern California.
Tucked away on the northern side of the San Gabriel mountains, the Devil’s Punchbowl is one of LA’s best kept secrets. The juxtaposition of mountain scenery with desert geology gives it the type of rich diversity that defines California’s landscape.
The Three Points trail is a grim reminder of the devastation of the Station Fire. Looking at the burned landscape, it’s hard to believe that is has been nearly five years since the fire took place.
We returned to one of our favorite romping grounds to tackle one of Southern California’s classic day hikes. The Baldy Bowl to Devi’s Backbone loop provides easy access to LA’s highest peak while offering incredible views and some intimidating exposure along the way.