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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails Winter Mountaineering

Safety Concerns When Planning a Winter Hike in Southern California Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains are home to many accessible trails, but also some rugged mountain terrains. In the wintertime particularly, SoCal gets hit with a good amount of snow which makes these mountains a different level of playing field compared to Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails Winter Mountaineering

Climb Mount Baldy in the Winter via Mountaineers Route

Climbing to the top of LA’s highest mountain, Mount Baldy (10,064 ft) via the Baldy Bowl in the snow can be exciting if you’re experienced with mountaineering. If you don’t own the proper gear (crampons and ice ax), you can still hike the Ski Hut Trail in the winter with microspikes.

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Hike to Mount Lawlor 5928 ft. in Angeles National Forest

HIKE TO: Mount Lawlor TRAIL: Strawberry Peak Trail > Firebreak MILES: 4.55 miles loop TIME: 2:43 hr DATE I WENT: 2/14/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 5928 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 1309 ft PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest Mount Lawlor (5928 ft) in Angeles National Forest is a relatively easy and short hike in the Angeles […]

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Hike Strawberry Peak via Mountaineer’s Route

HIKE TO: Strawberry Peak TRAIL: Mountaineer’s Route from Colby Canyon MILES: 6.46 miles out and back TIME: 2:47 hrs up, 2:17 hrs down DATE I WENT: 12/20/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 6165ft ELEVATION GAIN: 2684 ft PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest Strawberry Peak’s Mountaineer’s Route is considered a class 2-3 climb, meaning it’s a […]

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Hike Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats in Angeles National Forest

Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats in San Gabriel Mountains is a strenuous hike but great for training! It’s almost 7k ft of elevation gain in just under 7 miles.

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Short Hike to a Swimming Hole in Stoddard Canyon

Stoddard canyon falls is a short and fun hike to waterfall slide and swimming hole near Los Angeles up by Mount Baldy – perfect hike on a hot day

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Hike to Bighorn Peak in Angeles National Forest

HIKE TO: Bighorn Peak TRAIL: Icehouse Canyon > Ontario Peak Trail MILES: 10.57 miles (out & back) TIME: 4:39 hrs (4 hr moving time) DATE I WENT: 10/25/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 8441 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3428 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest/ San Bernardino National Forest, Cucamonga Wilderness Icehouse […]

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Cooper Canyon Falls, Easy Waterfall Hike in Angeles National Forest

Day hike to a roaring waterfall deep in Angeles National Forest, within a 1-2 hour drive from Los Angeles. The Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls is a short, easy 3-mile roundtrip hike. It is well shaded and fun for the whole family with lots of wildflowers in the Spring and early Summer.

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Hike South Mt Hawkins

HIKE TO: South Mount Hawkins TRAIL: Windy Gap Trail > South Mt Hawkins Trail > Hawkins Ridge Trail MILES: 9.33 miles TIME: 3:40 hrs DATE I WENT: 11/10/19 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 7760 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 1943 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes, adventure pass LOCATION: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles/ Southern California Day […]

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Snow Hike to Smith Mountain Saddle

HIKE TO: Smith Saddle (the saddle before Smith Mountain) TRAIL: Upper Bear Creek Trail MILES: 5.98 mi TIME: 4:05 hr total time, 3:18 hr moving time DATE I WENT: 11/30/19 DIFFICULTY: easy  ELEVATION: 4291 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 982 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no LOCATION: San Gabriel Mountains in Angeles National Forest, California This past Thanksgiving […]

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