Jackson Lake to Vincent's Cabin

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Jackson Lake to Vincent's Cabin is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles
2421 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips




wild flowers

historic site

The hike to Vincent's Cabin from Vincent Gap is very short and easy. To make it longer and more challenging, start from Jackson Lake. Take the Jackson Lake Trail from the parking area to where it intersects the Pacific Crest Trail (about 2 miles). Follow the PCT down to the parking area at Vincent Gap (about 2 miles). Then hike down to Vincent's Cabin. There are some original aspects to Vincent's Cabin still, but much has been rebuilt from pictures taken when it was lived in. The story of the man known as Tom Vincent is an old west legendary tale. His real name, he admitted on his death bed in 1926, was Charles Vincent Dougherty. Wounded in the Civil War, miner in Arizona, with claim-jumping incidents and a run-in with a native american. The old west was alive and well in the San Gabriel Mountains!

3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail and quite a workout. Great way to start the new year.