Mt. Bliss: Van Tassel Trail

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Mt. Bliss: Van Tassel Trail is a 10.3 mile out and back trail located near Duarte, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.3 miles
3139 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



After about 4 miles of steady incline, Mount Bliss appears ahead; you will hike under power lines and reach a junction with a service road that heads to the right. Walk on this service road for about one minute, then look for a deer trail leading to the left through the plants; follow it a short distance up to a ridge and continue on to the summit.

17 days ago

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23 days ago

I did this hike on a sunny day in the mid-70s. It was bearable, but I can't imagine doing it on a hotter day, as there's basically no shade. The ascent and descent is not very exciting (it's on a fire road), but the 360 view from the summit is worth it.


The track on this page is a bit off, and the elevation gain is a way off. (As of now it shows 3,592 feet; I recorded only 2,907 feet.) Other websites and books show the same or similar elevation gain. Also, you will not be able to find the summit if you follow the track on this page. To find it, follow these instructions from John W. Robinson's book, "Trails of the Angeles":

"After just 4 miles of steady climbing, Mount Bliss comes into view ahead; you pass under some power lines and reach a junction with a service road that branches off to the right. Take this service road, and after 100 feet, look for a narrow use trail leading to the left through the shrubbery; follow it a short distance up to a ridge and continue on to the summit."

26 days ago

1 month ago

Súper incline good work out not for kids

1 month ago

4 months ago

Bear scat all over first 1/4 mile

6 months ago

great hike it was my first time my Dog got tire. I'll do it again next week not 2 many people on the hike just one old man and it was his first time also

10 months ago

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016

Sunday, May 08, 2016

good work out. walked up the road for 1.5 hours then jogged back down. my tracker said it was just shy of 8 miles. however, there was more road to hike so no idea how far back it goes.

Monday, March 14, 2016

This needs to be re-rated!!!! It was by no means "easy". It was uphill the whole way and steep enough to be a great workout come down. The views are great, it was clear enough to see the high rises in LA. We are training to hike Mt. Whitney next year so this was a great prep trail....we will be doing it we only hiked 5 miles round trip and the app said its a 8 mile round trip. Fire road running stroller friendly, dog friendly.

Saturday, March 31, 2012