Warm Springs Mountain Lookout

Continuing on my quest to visit the fire lookouts of the Angeles, we decided to hit Warm Springs Mountain fire lookout off of Lake Hughes ...
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San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest

Ladybug Canyon

The Angeles Crest Highway cuts through Ladybug Canyon which sits at 4,000 ft elevation. Its not known by name to many people but the curve ...
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angeles national forest, san gabriel mountains

Crash on Strawberry Peak

One of the earliest aviation accidents in Los Angeles involved a hot-air balloon called the American that launched from Pasadena in 1909.  The balloon rose ...
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Big Tujunga Water Tunnels

Very few people know about Big Tujunga’s unique tunnels. Their construction probably dates back to the mid 20th century when an area was blasted under ...
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East Fork Alder Creek

A short trip report in the back pages of a 1930s a hiking magazine described of a place in the San Gabriels I had never ...
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23 Peaks

There are a total of 23 peaks rising over 8000 feet in the San Gabriels with Mount Baldy crowning at 10,0064 feet. Although setting foot ...
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Sierra Pelona Lookout

Windy Sierra Pelona ridge is crisscrossed by OHV roads and trails with far-reaching vistas of surrounding peaks, the desert and pastoral rolling hills. These extensive ...
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PV1 Ventura

ACTON -1944 – Four men were killed last Thursday in the crash of a Navy patrol bomber in the Sierra Pelona Mountains . William Ritter ...
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Parker Mountain

Parker mountain is located in Acton and offers miles of hiking with views of the San Gabriels to the south and the Sierra Pelonas to ...
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The Bad & The Ugly: John Knox Portwood

John Knox Portwood was San Gabriel Canyon’s bad guy. He was a fugitive Southerner from Virginia who came to the canyon in 1895 where he ...
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grizzly flats

Upper Canyon Trail is a beautiful footpath in the front range which emerges from sylvan coverage into a sunlit ridge overlooking the winding Crest and ...
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Mt. Burnham + Aircraft Wreck

Mt. Burnham, a small forest bump, sits in the middle high country between Throop Peak and Mt. Baden Powell. Measured at 8991 feet, this peak ...
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East Fork Guide

The East Fork mob. Photo by Darryl Vigil. Thru-hiking the East Fork is a beloved adventure of the San Gabriels as the experience allows for an ...
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Little Jimmy Camp

With just about an hours drive from Los Angeles, you can experience the backcountry with an overnight stay at Little Jimmy. The sylvan camp sits on ...
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Mt. Emma & The Pallett Family

Mount Emma (5273ft) is a semi-desert peak in the northwest San Gabriels, above Antelope Valley and was named after the reputedly lovely Emma Pallett, one of the young ...
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Llano del Rio: Desert Ruins of a Social Experiment

The “alternative future” for Los Angeles The picturesque ruins of Llano Del Rio can be seen from along side the Antelope Valley’s Pearblossom Highway. Llano was ...
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Winston Peak

The high country of the San Gabriels are richly forested, dotted with pines and boulders in which panoramic vistas are offered of the surrounding peaks and canyons. Winston ...
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Little & Upper Fish Fork

 The Idea Rummaging through John Robinson’s Trails of the Angeles late one evening, I stumbled upon “Blue Ridge to Prairie Fork, Pine Mountain Ridge, Sheep Mountain Wilderness, ...
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