Took the road up (bear scat and poodle dog bush dotting the concrete), but I learned from the lookout volunteer that work was being done on the trail by his counterpart. We saw rescue vehicles and a chopper tend to a motorcyclist who had lost control of his bike and died on Big T Road below us. Lots of smoke blowing in from the 400,000-acre Ranch fire up north. Also heard that the lookout is scheduled to begin construction this year... but don't hold your breath.
Hiked in early December in a winter with no rain (or snow) so far. The Station Fire devastated the area in 2009, before I moved to SoCal, so I don't know what the area used to look like. Now it is still fairly barren but the chaparral is already back, and I saw young trees everywhere, ranging from about 6 inches high to nearly 6 feet tall. I am no expert on how fast these trees will grow, but I am confident this area will return to its former beauty relatively soon.
Hiked the road from Charlton Flats. Nice views from the summit. Peak 2 of 4 including Josephine, Mooney & Barley Flats.
According to the Lookout Manager (official title?), the trail has been cleared of brush (incl. Poodle Dog Bush) but is still listed as closed. He didn't discourage me from using it.
Additionally, the construction of the new lookout building is scheduled to start this Summer.
The hiking trail from Charlton Flats is closed halfway up per Forest Service sign...had to backtrack and hiked up the main service road instead, very nice view from the top!
Could walk to the summit with eyes closed. Stood in the ruins of the historic fire lookout and took in fine views of the San Gabriel Range.
Bagged along with Mooney and Sally. Via paved road from Charlton Flat entrance
Easy hike up a road, but pretty cool views from the top although the devastation from the Station Fire is immense. Lots of poodle dog bush growing everywhere in the burned areas.
Glad I went up there before the fire.
Nice place to visit with the family. Although the look out is now gone the views are still pretty good.
Started when the kids were young and kept coming back for a picnic with a view. Sad to think it is gone....
Sad to report that the fire lookout tower burned in the Station Fire
Climbed Sally and Vetter on this hot morning! It was then time for a cold beer at Newcomb's!
Nice easy 3 mile hike on a brisk January day. Went up with friends and his 9 year old son. Good family hike.
After our failed attempt of Strawberry due to major ice on the trail, we headed over to Vetter. Clear day with snow everywhere. Awesome!
one way trip across Lawlor & Barley Flats then up Vetter
Great views of the front range and also east to Mt San Antonio.
Another day of HPS peakbagging, another fine day of weather in SoCal. Trip Report
Walked up the road from the locked gate. This one is better than Mooney.
After Williamson, Goodykoontz, and Mooney. With Coco the Dog.
Driven by many times, finally stopped to check out the view. A bit hazy, but nice with the sun dropping.