Local Trail Heads

Blue Ridge

2.6 miles from Grassy Hollow

Hike starts 100 ft. east of Big Pines Ranger Station on opposite side of Highway 2. Hike is 4 mile round trip with 1000′ elevation gain. See Hike 89 in “Trails of the Angeles.” When you reach Blue Ridge Campground at the top, or two miles up the trail, you also reach the Pacific Crest Trail. Going West on the PCT brings you to Inspiration Point in 2.2 miles. Going East on the PCT from Blue Ridge brings you to Acorn Trail in 3.5 miles. Going down Acorn brings you to upper Acorn Drive in Wrightwood in 2.7 miles.

Lightning Ridge

0.7 miles from Grassy Hollow

Hike starts on north side of Highway 2 from the parking lot. This is a 3/4 mile nature trail with 300′ elevation gain. This trail meets the PCT just before turning back down to the parking lot. Turn right on the PCT and you will come to Grassy Hollow in one mile.

Vincent Gap

2.6 miles from Grassy Hollow

Mt. Baden Powell Hike: Starts from parking lot on south side of Highway 2. This is an 8 mile round trip with a 2800 foot elevation gain. See hike 81 in “Trails of the Angeles.” You can continue on the PCT beyond the summit and come to the Dawson Saddle Trail in 2.4 miles. Turn right here, and you come to Dawson Saddle on Highway 2 in 2 miles. Staying on the PCT beyond the Dawson Saddle Trail, takes you to Little Jimmy Campground in 3.2 miles. Continuing on the PCT for another 2.1 miles brings you to Highway 2 at Islip Saddle. Car shuttles between Vincent Gap and Dawson Saddle or Islip Saddle make great hikes.

Vincent Gap via Vincent Gulch to Mine Gulch and Prairie Fork: Also starts from parking lot on south side of Highway 2. Take the dirt road going south from parking lot. Watch for trail going off to the left and down after about 1/4 mile. Follow this trail. Hike is a 7.6 mile round trip with 2,000’ elevation loss. Remember, this is all uphill on the way back. See Hike No. 83 in “The Trails of the Angeles.” This trail continues on to Cabin Flat in 2.2 miles. Make sure you leave enough time and strength for the return if you go beyond Mine Gulch.

Vincent Gap to Big Horn Mine: Also starts from parking lot on south side of Highway 2. Take dirt road going south from parking lot and stay on dirt road. Do not take the down trail mentioned above. Hike is 4 round trip. See hike No. 82 in “Trails of the Angeles.” Stay off the old mine buildings. They are dangerous. You have to clamber over some rock slides.

Manzanita Trail: This one starts from the parking lot on the north side of Highway 2. Trail goes down to a stream that is usually running difficult to cross except in drought years. It is about a 5-6 mile round trip down to the stream and back. If you cross the stream, the trail continues to South Fork Campground 5.3 miles one way from Vincent Gap.

Dawson Saddle

7.9 miles from Grassy Hollow

Dawson Saddle Trail Trail starts on south side of Highway 2. There is a small “TRAIL” sign. If you come to a tan Caltrans building on the north side, you have gone a couple of hundred yards too far. This trail climbs intersect the Pacific Crest Trail in two miles. If you turn right at the intersect, you come to an unmarked trail on your right in about 1/4 mile. This takes you to the top of Mt. Throop for a good view. Come down to the Pacific Crest Trail and continue on to the right or East. You will reach Little Jimmy Campground in 3.2 miles. From here the PCT drops down and reaches Islip Saddle on Highway 2 in 2.1 miles.

1.1 miles after the intersect you come to a signed trail veering off to the left. This leads the the top of Mt. Hawkins in about 200 yards – great view! About 1/2 mile beyond the Mt. Hawkins trail you come to another signed junction. This leads to the site of the former fire lookout station on top of So. Mt. Hawkins in 2.6 miles which was destroyed in a recent fire, but will be rebuilt as soon as enough funds have been gathered. Following a dirt road down from the lookout station will bring you to another junction in 3.2 miles.Turn right here to get back to the PCT at Windy Gap.

If you had turned left at the Dawson Saddle/ PCT intersect, you go towards Mt. Baden- Powell via Mt. Burnham. Baden-Powell is about 2.4 miles from the intersection . From there, the PCT goes down to Vincent Gap in 4 miles. There are all kinds of opportunities for car shuttles from the Dawson Trail if you have two cars.

Islip Saddle

13.3 miles from Grassy Hollow

Mt. Williamson Trail: Trail starts on the north side of Highway 2 from the parking lot. 5 mile round trip with 1600′ elevation gain. See No. 65 in “Trails of the Angeles.” Turn left when you get to the top and follow an up and down trail for about 1/2 mile for a great view. Just before reaching the summit, the PCT continues down the other side of Mt. Williamson reaching Highway 2 just beyond the tunnels in 1.3 miles.

South Fork Trail: Trail starts from the parking lot on the north side of Highway 2. 10.4 miles round trip with elevation loss of 2100′. This hike is best started from South Fork Campground making the last 5.2 downhill instead of uphill. See Hike No. 70 in “Trails of the Angeles.”

Mt. Islip Trail: Starts on south side of Highway 2 across from the parking lot. This is part of the PCT. The hike is about 6.5 miles round trip going to the top of Mt. Islip and back. You reach Little Jimmy Campground in 2.1 miles. Go through the campground to pick up the trail to the summit, 0.9 miles. If you stay on the PCT and skirt the campground you go past Windy Gap and reach the Dawson Trail 3 1/2 miles from Little Jimmy. From Windy Gap, you could go down a side trail to Crystal Lake, about 3 1/2 miles. This is tough coming back up. Beyond Windy Gap on the PCT you will see a side trail going to So. Mt. Hawkins. This is a pretty hike but tough coming back out.

Another opportunity here is a fairly new trail branching off to the left just before you reach the summit of Mt. Islip. This trail is mostly down hill and dead ends into another trail in 2.9 miles. A right turn here would take you to the upper northern end of the Crystal Lake Rec.Area It’s about another mile to Crystal Lake. Turning left would bring you to Windy Gap in 1.3 miles. This is a good trail but very steep with no shade. Windy Gap is 1/2 mile from Little Jimmy Campground.

Eagles Roost Picnic Area

15.5 miles from Grassy Hollow

After you go through the tunnels above Islip Saddle, proceed about 1 mile to the Eagles Roost Picnic area on the left side of the highway. The PCT goes down an old fire road directly across the highway from the picnic area. You come to a nice stream in a little over 1 mile. Three more miles brings you to the intersection with the Burkhart Trail. See Hike 64 in “Trails of the Angeles.” You have options here. First you can return to Eagles Roost. Turning left on the Burkhart Trail brings you to Buckhorn Campground in 1.4 miles. You reach a nice waterfall 0.3 miles after the intersect. Turning right on the Burkhart would take you to Devil’s Punchbowl Park in about 11 miles. Get more directions before trying this one. Staying on the PCT at the intersect will take you past the Cooper Canyon Trail Camp and on to Cloudburst Summit on Highway 2 in 3.5 miles.

Buckhorn Campground

23 miles from Grassy Hollow

Buckhorn to Little Rock Creek or Eagles’ Roost. Drive through the campground to a parking area designated for hikers. The trail descends about 2 1/2 miles through beautiful trees past Cooper Canyon Campground to Little Rock Creek. Here, the trail intersects the Burkhart Trail (See Hike No.63 in Trails of the Angeles) and the Rattlesnake Trail up to Eagles Roost. Turning around at Little Rock Creek gives you a hike of 4-5 miles. Going on to Eagles Roost gives a hike of 6-7 miles and requires a car shuttle.

Mt. Waterman Trail: About 0.1 miles beyond the entrance to Buckhorn on the north side of Highway 2 is a parking area. Park there and cross the highway. About 50 feet east is the Waterman Trail. About 30 feet up the hill, the trail branches to the left. This is a pretty hike; about 6 miles round trip with 1300 ft. elevation gain. See hike No. 60 in ” Trails of the Angeles.” The summit is a fairly flat area with pretty rock formations and great views.

Mt. Waterman to Three Points: Starts out the same as above. 3/4 miles before the summit, you reach a signed junction going into the Wilderness Area. Follow this trail down to another junction. Going left here will take you to a dead end at the base of Twin Peaks in about 2 miles. There is no trail up Twin Peaks, but you can scramble cross country. If you take a right instead of left at the junction, away from Twin Peaks, you reach a junction with the PCT and the Silver Moccasin trail in 6 miles. From here, the PCT and the Silver Moccasin Trail follow the same path to the summit of Mt. Baden Powell. After reaching this junction, the trail crosses Highway 2 to a parking area called Three Points. The PCT, Silver Moccasin and the Mt. Waterman Trails meet here. From Highway 2 at Buckhorn to Highway 2 at Three Points is 9 1/2-10 miles with a fair amount of up hill and down hill. See hike No. 59 in “Trails of the Angeles.” Leave out the Twin Peaks portion unless you are looking for a challenge.

Cloudburst Summit

24.5 miles from Grassy Hollow

The PCT crosses Highway 2 here. Trip 61 in “Trails of the Angeles” suggests taking the fire road north, but a new section of the PCT starts from the east side of the parking area. This is prettier than the road. This will bring you to the Burkhart junction mentioned above. The new section of the PCT adds about one mile to the hike whether you go to Buckhorn or Eagles Roost, but it is worth it. Buckhorn would be about 6 miles and Eagles Roost about 7 1/2. Both would require a car shuttle or, in the case of Buckhorn a 1 1/2 mile walk on Highway 2 back to Cloudburst Summit.

If you cross the highway and go south from Cloudburst, you pass 2 private camps and reach Highway 2 at Three Points in 4.7 miles. Follow the PCT signs and cross the highway. In just a few steps you reach a junction where the Silver Moccasin Trail branches to the left. This trail goes on to Bandido Campground and Chilao Flats. Going past the Silver Moccasin turn-off brings you to the Three Points parking area. Walk through the parking lot and pick up the PCT going north. You will reach Sulphur Springs Campground in 3.3 miles.

Three Points

29.2 miles from Grassy Hollow

This is a junction mentioned in Cloudburst Summit and Mt. Waterman above. Three trails meet here; The Mt. Waterman, PCT and the Silver Moccasin. The Silver Moccasin is a Boy Scout merit badge trail coming up from the La Canada area. The PCT and the Silver Moccasin join together here and follow the same path to the summit of Baden-Powell, where the Silver Moccasin terminates.

From here, you can reverse the Mt. Waterman Trail to Buckhorn.

From the parking lot at Three Points, you can take the PCT north to Sulphur Springs Campground in 3.2 miles. An additional 5.9 miles will take you to Pacifico Mountain Campground. An additional 5.6 will take you to Mill Creek Summit at Angeles Forest Highway. Sulphur Springs to Mill Creek is 11.5 miles and a good car shuttle.

Just below the parking lot at Three Points, the Silver Moccasin trail heads east. It takes you past Bandido Horse Campground to Chilao. This is about 3-4 miles. From Chilao the trail goes on to Charlton Flat in about 3-4 miles. This area is lower and gets quite hot in the summer.

Chilao

32.2 miles from Grassy Hollow

The Silver Moccasin Trail mentioned above passes through here. Parking a car here would give you an 8 mile car shuttle hike from Cloudburst Summit. The Silver Moccasin continues on, reaching Charlton Flat in another 4 miles and would make the hike from Cloudburst Summit 12 miles. Staying on this trail after Charlton would bring you to Shortcut Junction on Highway 2 in 4 more miles. Every hike on the Silver Moccasin south of Three Points is hot and dry most of the year.

From Chilao there is a 6 mile round trip hike to Horse Flats and Mt. Hillyer. See Hike 57 in “Trails of the Angeles” for details.

There is an easy 2 mile round trip hike from Charlton Flat to Vetter Mountain Lookout. This is a working Forest Service Fire Lookout, staffed by volunteers and it has a neat view. See Hike 54b in “Trails of the Angeles.”