Mt. Wilson

Mt. Wilson is one of the more well-known "peaks" in the San Gabriel Ranges due to its accessibility, visibility, its significant astronomical history, its campus of telescopes, and the presence of a small city of communications arrays. This long, flat ridge isn't a summit in the traditional sense, but any hike to the top is …

Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, and Mt. Lowe

The front range of the San Gabriel Mountains has played host to a myriad of colorful characters looking to create recreational opportunities, as well as a little money. The trip through Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point, and up to Mt. Lowe and past Camp Lowe, offer a glimpse into old Los Angeles history, as well as …

San Gabriel Peak

Panorama of the San Gabriel Range looking east to Mt. BaldyDistance: 4.2 MilesElevation Gained: 1,600'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 2:30Directions to the trailheadNote: Don't forget your National Forest Adventure PassDetails:Red Box Canyon from the TrailheadThe Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains looms like a massive, green wall over the cities of the San Gabriel Valley. This …

Mt. Lukens

Haines Canyon Road/Motorway/Trail - Rim of the Valley RoadDistance: 11.8 Miles (11.4 if you don't go the wrong way.)Elevation gain: 3,200'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 34 minutesCritters: quailHow to Get There: Take the 405 north to the 118 East. Transition to the 210 East. Exit Sunland Ave, and make a left on Foothill Blvd. Make …

Big Changes Afoot

A little life stuff:This Monday, I'll be moving down to Oceanside to live with my girlfriend, Kelly. We were just approved for this great little one bedroom that's a block away from the beach. It's the next big step in our already fantastic relationship, and I know we're going to have a lot of fun …

My Top Ten Hikes

Many components can comprise a great hike: degree of difficulty, sense of accomplishment, scenery, one's companions, and variables such as weather conditions, wildlife, or uniquely memorable incidences, all of which can transform a routine or average hike into something spectacular. Just about every hike contains a degree of any one of these elements, although some hikes will …