great fun trip from cow canyon saddle
Hiked from Cow Canyon Saddle on April 4, 2016. Amazing views, including some of the best I've seen on any trail in Southern California. Mt. Baldy looms immediately north of the mountain, with Ontario Peak directly to the east.
There is large and mean locked gate at the start of the fireroad, with a prominent no trespassing sign. The Sierra Club HPS Section states that access is permitted with a permission slip that can be obtained from their site. I did have this slip, and the only other person I encountered all day was a pickup truck driving the access road. The truck did not stop or ask any questions. So presumably the permission slip is ok, but things did seem a bit dodgy with such an imposing gate at the start.
I climbed this after climbing Sunset Peak. I also climbed nearby Peak 5696.
Lost my sunglasses on the way up
Cool, crisp, beautiful December hike. We ascended the ridge directly from the spot the use trail traverses towards the east ridge. Fun, but steeeep! Descended via HPS route 1.
I did this as an afternoon hike, after work on a Monday. Even though we were extra alert for snakes, I almost stepped on one. We saw a second snake in the manzanita just below the summit. It was freaky walking through the overgrown manzanita in snake season, at the optimim time of day to encounter rattlesnakes.
from Cow Canyon saddle and the trail back down.
The firebreak wasn't a good choice. Too brushy and overgrown. Killer white thorn in dense pockets.
The trail was really decent though.
Butt kicker of a climb with great views all around
Great hike from Cow Canyon saddle with good views along the way. Experienced about a foot of snow on north side approach to summit.
No problems finding the use trail just above the RV park. Pretty steep trail but a great workout and great views from the top.
This was a great workout, and a good challenge for my developing off-trail navigational skills. The views all around are great. You can check out my trip report and pictures on my blog.
Started at Cow Saddle. Found the use trail no problem. Several sections are almost grown over by whitethorn and brush. Some sectons are washed out by the recent rains but all in all had no issues with route finding. Recommend wearing long pants and sleeves. Kind of a brush fest but worth the effort. The views are stellar.
Rattlesnake and Lookout Mtns on a fine December day. Trip Report
coming down bear canyon trail from Baldy, hopped off onto the ridge head down over a few bumps to Lookout. Peak is kind of dissapointing
Went up with a large group of people for a bighorn sheep survey. Nice day and we saw lots of sheep.
Much more enjoyable than I anticipated. The trail is actually in great shape, and is just steep enough to be fun.
Decided to hit both Lookout and Sunset, but it was so friggin hot! Still made it, nice views,
But I screwed up and did not contour left around the large bump along the ridge before the saddle, and had some terrible bush whacking...
here are my GPS tracks and a Google Map of our route.
Was heading to Oregon this morning so I woke up very early, got some Mcdonalds health food and hit the trail. This one was painful. Thought I was being tracked by something with four legs and sharp teeth so I was a little nervous. That's just because I'm an idiot.
Didn't find the route too difficult. Only issue was the first turn-off when starting up the initial firebreak. I went directly up the South ridge at the end of the hike to the summit.
Climbed the wrong Route 3 (per HPS directions) due to 14 degree difference in magnetic and true north. Other than that, it was a great hike and great day. Continued on to the top of Mt Baldy.