Double Peak Hike

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Double Peak Hike is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

3.9 miles
1,564 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

3 months ago

Beautiful vistas of the mountains on one side and Los Angeles on the other. Watch out for the trail head. It’s very steep, so you might have missed it if you get to the closed gate on the access road.

11 months ago

There are two ways up to the peaks. You can either take the fire road which is a longer route and more exposed or you can take the trail which is steeper, shorter, and more shady. We missed the entrance to the trail and accidentally started on the fire road. If you park right next to the gate the trail starts at the bottom of the slope with steep switch backs. Once we realized our mistake we were able to find a spot about a mile in to easily hop down to the trail. The trail has lots of good shade but it was no-see-um central the day of our hike.
After a steep climb the trail reconnects with the road. This last section is pretty steep and trekking poles would be handy. After connecting with the road you can take the road to your right to reach Mt. Disappointment or go straight to head to the other peak. When approaching the second peak be sure to stay to the left unless you want to take the trail over to Mt. Lowe. Ran out of time and wasn't able to complete the second peak, but the trail is steep. Short but steep. Next time I'll hit up both peaks. It was pretty hazy due to the fires so the views weren't the greatest, but I bet on a clear day it's stunning.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The beginning of the trail is slightly tucked away, but once found very easy to stay on. You'll start off with a bunch of steep switchbacks going up to the fire road. Very fun hike.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hiked this on 1/20/17 and thoroughly enjoyed it despite a blizzard with 12" fresh snow. I lost my Black Diamond ice axe somewhere near Mt Disappointment Summit or San Gabriel Peak. Appreciate a call if anyone finds it. 859-496-6458

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Park .2 miles above red box (only a few spaces). Trail is across the street zigzagging up into the forest. Watch sliding soil at first. Steep climb all the way up (a service road is off to the west at various points). When you dump out onto the road, you can either go right to grab Mt. Disappointment (road up to an old military base) or go left for a slightly longer climb to Mt. San Juan (which has the USGS plate at the peak). You can continue over to Mt. Lowe and exit back onto the Mt. Wilson road for a longer, three-peak hike. If you do that option, head back to the main road (thru the tunnel) and just grab a ride down with someone nice back to your car!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015