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West Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Object Title: West Ridge

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 1

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Page By: Augie Medina

Created/Edited: Nov 6, 2006 / Nov 6, 2006

Object ID: 242035

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Overview

This is the principal route used by hikers to ascend 5,957 foot Mt. Lawlor in the front range of Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. It starts from the Red Box Ranger Station trailhead. The route described here is 5.8 miles roundtrip with about 1,300 feet of gain.

Getting There

From the 210 Freeway, exit at Angeles Crest Hwy (SR 2) and go north. At 9.5 miles, you will come to the Clear Creek Information Station and the junction with Angeles Forest Highway. Continue straight on SR 2 about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. This is your trailhead and you will find plenty of parking here.

Route Description

From the Red Box Ranger Station trailhead, cross the Angeles Crest Highway and go northeast along the highway for about 100 feet. The Barley Flats Fire Road comes up on your left. Take the fire road about ¾ of a mile to a trail junction also on the left. As you ascend on this route, look southeast and you will get some nice views of Mt. Wilson, San Gabriel Peak and Mt. Disappointment. 
San Gabriel Peak (6,161 ), San Gabriel Front Range
San Gabriel Peak looking southeast from trail to Strawberry Saddle
 
Mt. Disappointment (5,960 ) San Gabriel Front Range
Mt. Disappointment from trail to Strawberry Saddle
 
Saddle Between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor
Sign at saddle between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor


From the junction, follow the trail left and in about ¼ mile you will come to the bottom of Mt. Lawlor’s south ridge. Continue on the trail past the south ridge as it contours around Lawlor.

At 2.3 miles from the start you will reach the signed saddle between Lawlor and Strawberry Peak (elev. 5,200’) 
Lawlor-Strawberry Saddle
Looking down at Strawberry-Lawlor saddle near beginning of West Ridge Route


From the saddle, turn right and head up the use trail on Lawlor’s west ridge. The sign says that it is 0.6 miles to the summit.
 
On Mt. Lawlor s West Ridge
On West Ridge
 
Rock Outcroppings on Mt. Lawlor s West Ridge
Rock outcroppings on West Ridge





The ridge is moderately steep, and, to keep it interesting, it has a few rock outcroppings to negotiate.

San Gabriel Peak (left) and Mt. Disappointment (right) from Mt. Lawlor NW Ridge
San Gabriel Peak (L)and Mt. Disappointment(R) seen from Lawlor's west ridge



There are some great views along the way.

View West from Mt. Lawlor s West Ridge
View West from West Ridge


[img:242055:aligncenter:medium:View West from West Ridge]

Essential Gear

None. The route can be done in trail runners. There are no water sources along the way so take what you need.

Other Information

USGS Topo 7.5 Chilao Flat

External Links

Angeles National Forest

Images

San Gabriel Peak (left) and Mt. Disappointment (right) from Mt. Lawlor NW RidgeSan Gabriel Peak (6,161\'), San Gabriel Front RangeAscending Mt. Lawlor\'s NW RidgeLawlor-Strawberry SaddleOn Mt. Lawlor\'s West RidgeView West from Mt. Lawlor\'s West RidgeMt. Disappointment (5,960\'), San Gabriel Mtns.
Saddle Between Strawberry Peak and Mt. LawlorRock Outcroppings on Mt. Lawlor\'s West Ridge