Calimesa

1 reviews
hiking
Monday, October 27, 2014

This is a nice (very) short hike for a couple of reasons; you can check another summit of your personal San Gabriels peaks list, and the summit area abounds with awesome views in all directions if you are willing to do some pleasant exploring to find them.

I have seen reviews of this trail that describe it as an "easy" hike, since it is only a half-mile trail. Nonsense. This trail is not easy. It may be short, but I would liken it to climbing a 500-foot staircase. In other words, steep. The first half of the first half is the very steepest part, and the last third of the trail mellows out a bit, but is still much steeper than most other trail sections I have encountered in the San Gabriel Mountains.

I really enjoyed the summit area of this mountain. Lots of beautiful spots to sit and enjoy the rewards as the sweat dries off of you from the climb to get up there. We found the top of the mountain to be literally covered in the tracks of both Bighorn and deer. We even spotted fresh bear track the day we were up there.