Occidental Peak

easy 12 reviews
#157 of 228 trails in

Occidental Peak is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
11 days ago

App is off, we think. It was 2 miles total out and back, but the total listed EG may be off—our watches told us our round trip total was around twice the projected EG... To start the trail: It’s not the private road leading up to the gate. It’s to the right of the chain link fence to the right of that driveway. Keep up against the chain link fence to find your way through all the leaves and stay on a safer upper route (because there’s a drop off/sketchy/washed out portion along a small rock face, in the lower portion) until you reach the helicopter pad. The trail continues past the pad. To get to summit: You get to the true peak via a semi-washed out and very rocky trail under some overgrowth and low branches. It is not something I would label “easy” only because of the type of terrain. To leave your name: There’s a jar at the top with a piece of paper inside, signed by those of summit, past. Peak Pros: Views of Wilson and maybe LA and the ocean, if no smog. Peak Cons: trail conditions and conditions at peak. The day we went there was helicopter noise at neighboring Mt. Wilson the entire time at summit. Overall: The views from the trail to peak as well as the helicopter pad were superior to the actual peak.

hiking
3 months ago

Simple hike, except that the trail is not very well marked. The trail consists mainly of soft dirt, soft oak tree leaves and is on the side of a steep hill. If your footing slips, you stand a chance of falling a long way. Take trekking poles. Other than than the trail conditions, the view is beautiful, with excellent view of Los Angeles.

hiking
Fri Oct 19 2018

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/lfNylOkTUto This is one of my favorite hikes! The trailhead starts just before the Mount Wilson loop. Just before the loop, there is another set of big radio antennas, and a gated road that accesses those antennae. If you are driving up Mt. Wilson Road, the trail begins just before the gated road. Follow the outside of the chain link fence and you’ll find the trail. The trail is relatively untraveled, and at times it’s hard to know exactly where to go, but everything always leads back to a trail. There are portions where you can take a high road, or a low road, but you’ll have to do some ducking and make some tight squeezes past some trees at points. The incline is fairly easy, with little ups and downs throughout, and there is a little bit of a climb towards the peak. About halfway through the hike, you’ll reach a deserted helicopter pad, complete with a power outlet! Simply amazing views in all directions from this spot. There are also amazing views from the peak if you go under some brush to reach the far side of the peak. From there, Mt. Markham and San Gabriel Peak are within view, and boy they look magnificent. From the other side of the peak you can see the big antennae from where you hiked. I’ve hiked this trail in the morning and at sunset, both great times to enjoy this short, moderate hike. Hope you enjoy! Playlist for the trail: https://spoti.fi/2CTfO3o

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

A short, but certainly not "easy" route to the summit of Occidental Peak on a use trail with loose and uneven surfaces. Starts off near a broadcast antenna and guy wires, and ends with a panorama of more antennas. Kinda fun, but mostly of interest to peak baggers. (Be sure to bring a pen to sign the summit register.)

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

A section of the trail has eroded near the beginning of the hike and is dangerous to pass due to a drop off. It could be done, but I didn't think it was worth the risk, so I turned back.

hiking
Fri Jan 19 2018

Nice little trail. Was a bit hard to navigate the trail due to all the dead leaves and rain....but overall a nice trail. It’s good for honing your navigation skills.

hiking
22 days ago

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2 months ago

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