Gould Mesa Road: Angeles Crest Hwy to Paul Little Picnic Site

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Gould Mesa Road: Angeles Crest Hwy to Paul Little Picnic Site is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles
846 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding



14 days ago

Great moderate trail for hiking and beginner trail for mountain biking. Dog friendly and not overly busy. Plenty of time to listen to the birds, streams, and trees.

This hike features a down hill start through a power relay station on a paved road. It levels out past a camp site and becomes a nearly flat trail through the ruins of an old neighborhood. Plenty of side foot trails to explore and multiple stream crossings. It ends just past Paul Littles picnic area at the base of a dam. The most challenging part is the hike back uphill. Plenty of shade. Cheers.

PS. Notice a couple with 2 kids using an all terrain stroller. Great idea!

22 days ago

1 month ago

The first 1.1 miles are fire road leading down to the campground. When you get there, make a left toward Paul Little - and here's where it gets interesting.

The trail was narrow, winding, and beautiful. Veer to the left, and continue past the Paul Little picnic area when you find it - just a little farther up is a dam with a waterfall. A great spot to stop and refresh yourself.

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4 months ago

very pretty and peaceful. we hiked up from Altadena didn't know you could get there from Angeles Crest Highway but it's a nice hike and a lot of friendly people

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7 months ago

A decent trail pretty close to the base of the 210 and Angeles Crest Fwy. The trail starts on a long descent to the first campground at the bottom. There are power lines at the beginning and the road is paved for a part of the initial descent. There isn't a lot of cover so use sunscreen. We hiked to the Paul Little picnic area and back. On the way back you get a nice leg workout since you're hiking back up at the end.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Really nice little hike that is quiet and nature-y. Went after the rains, so the creek/river was full - be prepared to get your feet wet!