Josephine Peak Trail

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Josephine Peak Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,843 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

2 months ago

this hike was all uphill and it was 10 .1 miles round-trip but the view from the top is a 360-degree view so it was worth it once we got up there and we think we saw a mountain lion but it was too far away to tell for sure

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3 months ago

Easy to navigate fire road. More an easy/moderate hike. We hiked through the cloud cover in the higher elevation so the views were limited. It was nice to have a reprieve from the sun since there would have been no shade otherwise. Always enjoy a new hike.

3 months ago

Fire road all the way to the top. Not going to get lost here. Good work out. 2.5 hours to the top and down. About 10 miles on my Apple watch. 90% exposed to the sun. Fulfilling.

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3 months ago

dog friendly and we got to enjoy some snowy and icy views at the top.

4 months ago

Fantastic trail. Well worth the effort. Life affirming

4 months ago

This trail is a steady incline to the top on a wide road. I would say it's a pretty easy hike. it has some really great views. The top especially gives you a view all around right next to a little cabin. Being above DTLA is a very cool view. One nice simple hike

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5 months ago

Josephine Peak Trail is a fire Road that leads up to a small solar/electrical cabin. I throughly enjoyed this hike as it offered a steady incline on a flat, walk-and-talk trail. The trail meanders in and out of areas where you walk against the mountain with views of shrubs and chaparral and then into sections with sweeping views of both the city and far into Angeles Forest.

This is a fabulous hike for newcomers or those who fear tight trails and long drops. It trail feels “safe” the whole way up. The best view is from the very top where you have a 360 panorama of the front range to the Channel Islands!!

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6 months ago

Amazing views at the top! I would rate this as more of a moderate hike

7 months ago

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8 months ago

Excellent trail. Challenging, but well maintained. At the end you’re treated to a 360 degree view of the mountains and LA

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm not a fan of fire roads, but this one is relatively interesting and the summit is worth the trek. The summit is small in size and offers a 360 degree view of the front range. You can seen Mt. Lukens, Mt. Disappointment, Brown Mountain, Strawberry Peak, Mt. Lawlor, and more. There's barely any shade on the road, though, so avoid this hike on hot days.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

This is one of my favorite trails. Besides being close to home, it the grade is nice and steady. The view from the top is awesome. My wife and I have hiked this in Summer, Fall, and Winter. During the summer the first half of the ascent is lined with blooming Spanish broom and smells wonderful. It can get pretty cold in the winter. Also, the roads to/from can get icy so be safe. I would rate this as more moderate than difficult.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

We did this hike with our Boy Scout troop as part of our Mini Peak Bagger series. The wide fire road makes this a great hike for youth, although it might be too strenuous for kids under 10. The trail is mostly exposed, with little shade. At the top of the peak you will be able to sit next to the antennas and communication gear. Great views of Strawberry Peak and surrounding areas.

Park near Clear Creek station, make sure you have an Adventure pass. There are no bathroom facilities on the trail, so you might want to go at Clear Creek before you start your hike. The wide fire road is also great for mountain biking.

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