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 views were the reason a fire lookout was once built here. The tower measured at 40 feet tall and was part of the Newhall District from 1932 to the 1970s.
One of the numerous OHV routes leads directly to the site of the former lookout tower, ushering in traffic from dirt bikers and jeeps (and hardly a hiker). Today only a few concrete slabs remain of the historic lookout.
Near the former lookout site, there is a large outcropping of stone known as “ribbon rock” because of its unusual stratification.
Following the crest of the Sierra Pelona east, the PCT eventually snakes its way across, winding through Bear Springs down to Bouquet Canyon.
An old trail named the Big Tree Trail once led to the world’s largest recorded canyon live oak (at 37 feet tall, 4 feet thick). However a fire damaged most of the tree decades ago and so only its burned hulk remains.
Big Tree Trail on a 1930s map. Now long extinct, except maybe for the upper part.