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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.

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Loved this hike. Went with a group of 4 other ladies. Part of the SoCal 6 Peak Challenge. We ended up doing about 18 miles of hiking. Very very challenging. This was the first of our six, lowest in elevation, but one of the toughest as incline. The last 3 miles going up is lots of switchbacks and steep, narrow trail. Loved the following the creek almost all the way up. It did rain throughout our hike, but the tree acted as a nice umbrella for us. Cold once we got to the peak and our body temps started to cool down as we rested. Loved the Cafe on top, nice lunch and headed back down. Start your hike very early so you can get out before dark.

The directions from this site will take you all the way up to the peak- so just search for Chantry Flats address instead. The peak itself has little to offer, Other than that this is a beautiful place- long walk. The switchbacks are steep so be prepared to burn some calories. Have fun!

great view and great experience

Beautiful flowers, great views.

It was so beautiful and easy and I know nobody felt close one of them Bianka most

I love this trail...definitely one of my favorite local hikes. I love that you get the great views of being at over 9,300 ft without too long or overly arduous hike like some of the other local peaks. I highly recommend this hike for those who haven't done it and I look forward to coming back and enjoying this one many times and I have done it twice in less than 6 months.

Parking- Vincent Gap parking lot off Hwy 2...we have gotten there early so it has never been an issue finding a spot and it is a rather large lot (you do need an Adventure Pass)

Trail- it starts near the restroom...the trail to the left going down will take you to Big Horn Mine and the trail going up will take you steeply up to Baden-Powell and there will be many switchbacks and many great views as you make your way up; at about a mile there is a cool wooden bench to catch your breath or catch the great view; it is about 4 miles to the top and you will reach a 1,500 yr old tree less than a half a mile from the top called "Wally Waldron" at a flat kinda narrow portion that is a mini Devil's Backbone; you will then make one final ascent up to the peak where you will see a monument to the namesake who was a Boy Scouts leader and a pole with a writing station that contains some notebooks to log your thoughts, message, etc... and just beyond that you should find the wooden sign that you can hold with the elevation and a US flag

Peak- there is a pretty large area at the top for you to find a spot for yourself/group to not bother others or be bothered by others and there are 360 degree beautiful views

Distance- about 8 miles
Elevation Gain- about 2,800 ft
Peak- about 9,400 ft
Duration- between 4 to 6 hrs depending of course on your speed, how many breaks, and how long you spend at the top
Difficulty- Moderate to Hard (definitely easier than the other SoCal peaks like Mt Baldy or San Jacinto)

Fantastic hike that parallels the PCT and follows a paved road. Easy accessible from town, this hike is perfect for any age group. The road is mostly flat and offers great views of the surrounding mountains and desert. There is a minor accent just before you reach Jackson Flat campground, but it is not very strenuous. The fire tower at the top of the campground is definitely worth a visit and an ideal place to have lunch. Overall one of my favorite hikes, particularly at night for stargazing with friends. Just make sure you have your adventure pass when you park your vehicle and your good to go.

Wonderful hike that spans several trail junctures. Started at Lake Jackson and followed the Jackson Lake Trail for roughly two miles. Trail is well used and easy to follow as sections used to be old forestry roads. Elevation is gained at an even pace with plenty of scenery to view. This portion offers majestic views of the Mojave Desert and the lake once you climb high enough. The trail ends at the PCT. From here, follow the trail to the right. This section of the PCT runs along the ridge like just below Jackson Flat Campground and will ultimately intersect the Baden-Powell parking lot. Sections of this trail are steep but well trafficked. Once reaching the parking area, there are several options that can be taken. This map is for Vincent’s Cabin, however I decided to walk a little farther and went to the Big Horn mine instead for a little more of a challenge. This made my total trip 12 miles. You may also choose Baden-Powell or Big Rock Creek if feeling adventurous. Just make sure you bring enough water and allow enough time. The return trip was a little strenuous as I worked my way back up the PCT until I reached the ridge again. From there everything evened out as the PCT is fairly flat in this section. After finding the Jackson Lake Trail, I started my decent back to the lake an my vehicle. Overall, well worth the adventure and added a lot more challenge to one of my favorite hikes.

i give this trail 5 stars but a little dangerous for kids .nice views! overall a beautiful trail . the only wird tging is thats the trail goes through a small town and i almost got bit by dog .

Beautiful magical fairy land

Ass kicker! Worth it!

Nice hike, but hardly any shade, so be prepared. Also, first 2 miles (and last 2 miles) are on a trail up above the Angeles Crest Highway, so there’s quite a bit of noise from traffic down below. Gets nice and quiet after you pass the saddle between Mt Lawlor and Strawberry Peak. We went in mid-May, and it was almost too hot considering the sun, however the wildflowers on display at this time of year were really beautiful.

Great hike!

This hike has some lovely parts and some crappy asphalt parts.
The views can be great and it's an easy way to get out of the city and away from the crowds.
I would recommend this hike if you're not super choosy about your flavor of nature.

This was an excellent hike! The trail was easy enough for an adventurous 7 year-old, including the navigation down the rope-assisted section.
I would plan on spending an hour at the waterfall and just chillin with a snack, that way the crowds come and go in waves so you end up getting time alone.
Would highly recommend as a pretty easy hike!

This was a nice easy hike to get away from people and into some woods. Most of the trail is in the shade and you walk along a little creek, so it stayed cool the whole time.
Pros: very few people, easy to park and easy to follow. There are also some cool rock roadcuts at the end.
Cons: you are along a road for a bit of it, which isn't particularly scenic.
We brought our two dogs and it was nice to have the trail alone for almost all of it.

It's a bit of a drive up the 39 to get here, but it's quite scenic. If you are driving north there is a picnic area and a lot on the left, right past the bridge. There is a pretty nice swimming area right below the parking lot. I only made it about a mile up the trail. There is a paved rode at least that far. The river runs right next to it, and in May it was still flowing well. Really nice place to spend a day. Don't forget your Adventure Pass, the rangers will ticket!

This is a great route to hike Baldy. We left the Manker Flats camp area around 11am and made it through the whole loop with 30+ minutes at the summit in about 7 hours. I would HIGHLY recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise. The way down was steep and looser material without the double view to the north and south; the way up allowed us to stop and enjoy the seas of clouds on the ocean AND desert sides.
Overall: very true to the description. Follow the warnings (ie, don't take FAR left trail) and you will have a strenuous but exhilarating hike!
(Don't forget to top off your water at the Notch, that was key for us).

The trail is very overgrown and the foileage was more cumbersome than it was enjoyable. The incline itself is a great workout but I just wish I wasn't fighting my way through all the brush. I am 90% sure we encountered some poison oak along the way... I would suggest wearing pants or leggings as well as a breathable long sleeve to avoid contact with unfriendly plants. I would NOT recommend taking dogs - our pups usually love a good hike but this trail begins in a rocky riverbed and there is hardly any shade on the way up. They didn't seem to be having too much fun in the overgrowth either.

I am writing this after my ibuprofen has had a chance to kick in the day after! I am an older, slower hiker but I peaked this mountain yesterday. It was challenging yet so rewarding. It became steep after Spruce Grove Campground. The shaded, foggy trail kept me cool...making the uphill trudge more bearable. I loved reaching the top and going to the lookout area immediately to the right when you summit. You will find the elevation/Mt. Wilson sign there. After that, a trip to the Cosmic Cafe for some tasty food is a well earned treat.
I thought I got off trail on the way down. I would recommend getting the map at the little store at Chantry Flats. It includes the locations of all the campgrounds, call boxes, river crossings, etc. and can be helpful when your electronic devices don’t work.
My phone tracked this hike as a 17.5 miler...but that includes my doubling back when I thought I had gone off the trail I was supposed to be on AND getting to my car parked a ways from the trailhead. If I can do it, you probably can too!

Very bad trail no maintenance the picnic and bathroom looks like a trash.the trail you can not go through.this has to be a close please,that way you don’t have to drive and lose your time and gas.

great trail to go on especially for beginners. took our 4 year old daughter she had great time. was a little tricky to find. there is a camp ground at the trail head and a small parking lot. the lot was full when we arrived had to park on top of the hill about .5 miles from trail. even with parking a bit away from the trail it was still worth it.

Really cool hike. over shot the water fall by like a mile or two tho...

Very hard hike, but the views are amazing!

Overall a really nice hike and the weather was perfect. It was as hard as I expected going up and easier than expected going down. Rocks are a bit hard on dog paws...my dog is still recovering and has a sore foot. Couldn’t beat the views and the weather was perfect.

3 of us Left at 5am with 8 liters of water a piece. Made the summit in 5 hrs, 49min. This was a beast of a hike... gives new meaning to steep. Going down is treacherous- bring trekking poles and start early - gets really hot and is mostly exposed with no shade

Def all incline most of the way! The start and very end of hike were hardest for me! I got poles & they helped a lot! Worth the hike to the top!

Amazing views and gorgeous landscape. This hike is not to be underestimated and be ready for a cold and windy summit. We commented this just under 6.5h with a nice break at summit. Did the route counter clockwise. There was a spot just past devils backbone (possibly still part of it) that was so narrow (and steep fall down of that were to happen) that I had a rough time walking through it. I Did the wobbly knees, leaning towards the mountain walk of shame. Phew. I lived to tell!
It’s not an easy hike so just come prepared with water and snacks and layers and I highly recommend trekking poles for this one. Have fun and enjoy the view and clean up after your selfie;)

Completed this hike yesterday, having gone up the Ski Hut trail for the ascent and down Devil's Backbone for the descent. I took longer routes when available to add a bit more distance, making my hike 10.2 miles according to Google Earth when I imported the GPX file, though my GPS track showed 11.04 miles in all. Best of all I met some great people that I plan to hike with again.

It is nice trail but when I did it was too hot.

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