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The Angeles National Forest (ANF) is located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, and mostly housed within Los Angeles County in Southern California. The forest offers developed campgrounds, waterfall hikes, picnic areas, and ample opportunities for backpacking, swimming, fishing, skiing and hiking in the solitude of an expansive wilderness area. Trails are shared amongst hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. An Adventure Pass is needed to access many parts of this recreation area including parking at many hiking trail's trailheads.

Definetly worth the hike. Gets pretty tough past Sturtevant campgrounds especially carrying 40 lbs of weight backpacking.

I love this area but it’s easy to get lost because there are so many trails and roads. It is not moderate, it is hard if you are not in good shape! Road/trails are a steady incline but so worth it. For those asking about the swing: once you get to the campground, you will see 2 white signs. Hike between them (trail is on the right). After a short distance you will meet up with the road again. Take Sam Merrill trail east or west (there are signs) to get to the top of Mt. Lowe. I took West because it looked easier to navigate (the trial is slightly hidden by a log and I walked right past it. Look for the sign). Gorgeous views and a cool little swing. 18 miles total for me, using sunset ridge to start the hike. I uploaded the funky little map I saw, which is pretty accurate!

Good section of trail with great views, bring proper gear in the late season, ice is present and can really ruin a good day.

hiking
12 hours ago

First time getting there last weekend love the drive and it was not difficult to get there saw the sign from the road. The trail is near the sky lifts., it’s mostly an incline the water fall is not far from where you started the water was very low for not much rain and snow yet. It is well maintain the trail is a little wide for cars to drive up it to the restaurant so be prepared for that sharing the road. . I did not finish the whole trail planning to go back this coming weekend. Love the great view

excellent trail running along a creek that changes monthly. lots of fallen trees and rock. so many great stops, including old cabin foundations.

although it's rated as difficult, the first few miles are pretty easy.

23 hours ago

Fun off road trails close to LA

This was a great conditioning hike. It felt fairly easy, just long. Intensity-wise, it reminded me of potato mountain, just longer. I believe it was closer to 8 miles than 7.3 though. I went on 2/19/18 and it was cold! There was some frost over a lot of the trail. The peak was not very prominent and was a little anticlimactic, but it was a nice hike. I would recommend it.

Tip for Directions: Glendora Ridge Rd is before the visitor's center in Baldy village. So if you hit the Visitor Center, you need to turn around!

I loved this hike!

One of the most popular trails around the area. Expect large crowds! Come to the Chantry Flats EARLY if you don't want to hike to the trailhead, this place fills up faster than Mr. Krabs who saw someone touching his money. You will need a day/ annual adventure pass.

Check out some of photos from the hike! see the crowd for yourself :)

backpacking
2 days ago

We started on this trail and proceeded to hike down to Upper Bear Creek campground. great views the entire way.

Solid hike! Good elevation over a relatively short distance. If you love switchbacks, this hike is for you! Gorgeous views at the top, and loved all the gnarly pines along the way. It is a good ways out on the Angeles Crest - maybe 40 mins past buckhorn- so give yourself plenty of time to get to the trailhead. As of early February, spikes were absolutely necessary. There have been three separate rescues off the same icy patch on this trail just this month- don’t risk your life with snow and ice!

any one down to go early morning tomorrow 02/20/18

hiking
2 days ago

Nice, easy hike overall. I personally am not a big fan of the hikes on off-road trails/roads, and this one is one of those, but there are nice views with lots of shade. Did this hike for the sunset and it lives up to it’s name. Solid views of the sunset. The only downside is how the trail is an unpaved road.

This was a beautiful morning hike. The mine is closed but if you are into climbing there is high relief along the wall and is pretty easily scalable.
I got lost a couple of times.

Beautiful... and it smelled so good! Loved it.

Nice trail. This is a good hike for beginners. Trail is shaded 80% of the way.

This hike isn’t a short distance so bring your snacks and water AT LEAST. I saw a couple of people carrying nothing.

This trail was easy to navigate, the elevation gain was smooth, had trekking poles but could have easily done this trail without them. A lot of shade provided by trees during the first part of the trail. Really great views at the top and along the trail. Not too many people, but I did go on a Sunday. Can't wait to go back.

Great hike with awesome views of the mountains. Lots of shade and you follow a creek the whole time. Really enjoyed this hike.

I would rate this as an easy hike. Very easy to follow & it was more like 3 miles out and back from Mount Lowe. Very much a walk than a hike in my opinion. Lots of fresh bear scats when we were up there.

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