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Best camping trails in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California

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#1 - Mount Pacifico Loop Trail
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 21 m
Note: As of October 2020, Angeles Crest Hwy is closed at the clear creek (cross point of Angeles Crest Hwy & Angeles Forest Hwy) due to the Bobcat fire. The trail is very exposed in the beginning with no shade. You have the option to stay on the PCT trail and summit via the Pacifico Mtn road. This map follows a jeep fork road that splits from the PCT and connects later. If you prefer to stay on the PCT, please follow this map: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/mill-creek-to-pacifico-mountain-via-pacific-crest-trailShow more
#2 - Chilao to Mt. Hillyer via Horse Flats Trail
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
#3 - Mt. Hillyer Trail from Horse Flats Campground
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
It has been reported that the campground is closed due to COVID 19. This is a very easy hike, and a summit that small children can attain. It is a strolling trail through some chaparral near the trailhead, but that changes quickly. It becomes a boulder strewn forest in no time. This is prime mountain biking country, and the trail is a bit worn and wide in places. If you do bring small children on a busy day, watch out for bikers. This is also bear country, with lots of current ursine activity, so be wary of them as well. It is important to make noise to avoid unexpected encounters. If you blink, you might miss the top, but once you are near you will have great views of Big Tujunga Canyon to the West, Twin Peaks and Mt. Waterman to the East, Pacifico staring you in the face to the north.Show more
#4 - Mill Creek to Pacifico Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 52 m
#5 - Sturtevant, Mount Wilson, and Winter Creek Trail Loop [CLOSED]
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 7 h 32 m
The cafe, museum, and observatory are all currently closed (08/31/2020). Note: Santa Anita Canyon Rd and Chantry Flats Rd may be intermittently closed through summer. Please call the city of Sierra Madre at (626) 355-7135 before you head to Chantry Flats. An 'Adventure Pass' or 'America the Beautiful Pass' is required for this trail. Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home to an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike. There are several trails you can take to the top of Mount Wilson, but this challenging loop starts at the Chantry Flats trailhead above Arcadia, and includes a one mile detour to view the beautiful Sturtevant Falls before climbing 4,200' to the top of Mount Wilson. This is the first of six southern California summits in the 6-Pack of Peaks bundle. Done in sequence, they provide great training anyone preparing for bigger hikes such as Mt. Whitney or Half Dome. Each hike in the 6-Pack is progressively higher in altitude, and all have respectable distance and vertical elevation gain. Much of the hike is shaded, but there are also exposed parts, so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. This trail is a mixture of pine trees and high elevation desert plants. The trail itself is well maintained but it isn’t well sign posted for this particular loop so be aware of the possibility to get onto the wrong trail.Show more
#6 - Shortcut Canyon Trail To West Fork Campground
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
#7 - Bear Canyon Campground via Eaton Saddle
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
#8 - Rabbit Peak, Granite Mountain, and Roundtop
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
This loop climbs four of the peaks on the Sierra Club's Hundred Peaks List: Rabbit Peak, Granite Mountain, Roundtop, and the third of three Iron Mountains in the San Gabriels. Most of the trail is one fire roads, but to get to the summits you'll use steep firebreaks or use trails. Adventure Pass is required for parking.Show more
#9 - Mount Wilson to Chantry Flat via Winter Creek [CLOSED]
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Please note that Chantry Flat Road has been reported closed as of 08/22/2020.Show more
#10 - Islip Saddle, Mount Baden-Powell, and Vincent Gap [CLOSED]
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
PCT trail with many great peak opportunities and incredible 360 views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean to the South and the Mojave Desert to the North. If you are looking for a beastly hike in the Angeles forest, you want great vistas, and a high elevation trail, then this is your hike. You start at the Islip Saddle and immediately begin your climb. The first mile gives you a good feel of what you are in store for most of the way. The second mile into Little Jimmy Campground levels off, and some might want to camp here before taking the rest of this trek along the PCT. You will meet most trekkers coming the opposite direction. From the camp head toward Windy Gap and then take the PCT trail headed up to Mt. Baden Powell. This third mile is another large gainer. The good news is that one you reach this crest, you've already done a lot of the climbing for this trip. There is still plenty left to climb, however, so make sure you bring lots of water, food, and good fitting shoes. You will want to be in top shape for this one.Show more
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