Top Adventures in Dawson Saddle

  • Hike to Throop Peak, Mt. Hawkins, and Mt. Burnham

    The trailhead, or pair of trailheads actually, is at a location on the Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2) called Dawson's Saddle.  There are a couple of parking areas along the side of the highway, and each of the pair of trailheads begins at either end...

    8 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Little Jimmy Trail Camp

    Take Hwy 2 out of La Canada north along Angeles Crest Highway. Follow this for quite sometime enjoying the fine views in all directions. After traveling through two consecutive tunnels continue to Islip Saddle parking lot (on left). There will be ...

  • Hike the Bighorn Mine Trail

    If you decide to head over to Wrightwood for some skiing during the winter, make sure to get a hike in while you’re at it. There are several trail systems along the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2), and one of them is scenic Big Horn Mine Trail. The ...

    4 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Backpack Mt. Williamson from Shepherd Pass

    This trail starts at the lowest, and generally regarded hardest, trailhead in the Southern Sierras. You quickly gain elevation in what many describe as manageable but relentless. The first section of the hike has nice shade and adequate water acce...

    20 miles 8000 ft gain

  • Hike Mt Williamson from Islip Saddle

    The trailhead is immediately off of Angeles Crest Highway CA-2 at Islip Saddle.  It's just a touch over 2 miles to reach the summit, through which you'll be hiking among the pine tree forest practically the entire way up (part of this trail double...

    4.1 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Summit Mt. Baden-Powell

    This well maintained and well traveled trail is a popular route with day hikers, backpackers, and Pacific Crest Trail through hikers. Since the trail is on the face of the mountain, snow may linger late into the season.The Pacific Crest Trail is ...

    8 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Hike Devil's Punchbowl and Devil's Chair

    What a hidden gem! A martian landscape full of faultline desert rock formations and joshua trees against a mountainous backdrop of the San Gabriels. Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area features a 1 mile well-marked, well-maintained single track loop tr...

    8 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hiking to Lewis Falls

    Located deep in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, this short but at times challenging hike rewards you with a beautiful fifty-foot waterfall. The base of the waterfall is only a foot at its deepest, so I wouldn't rush to bring a bathing sui...

    1 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike the Blue Ridge Trail via Inspiration Point

    There are two trail heads for the Blue Ridge Trail, one via the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, and the other across from Inspiration Point. When parking gets crowded over at Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, than parking at Inspiration Point is the bet...

    5.2 miles 1050 ft gain

  • Snow Hike Lightning Ridge

    When you hear the report about snow in the San Gabriels, it's time to plan this hike!Only a short 90 minute drive is all that separates nearly a third of California's population from high-altitude snowy adventures. This isn't about Yosemite, but S...

    5.1 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hiking to the Cooper Canyon Falls

    Burkhart Trail is well-defined and easy to follow through an unbelievable old growth of Jeffrey pines, incense-cedars and surprisingly, redwoods! At 0.25 miles, there is a steep spur trail near a large pile of boulders that leads to a popular swim...

    3 miles 700 ft gain

  • Snowshoe Buckhorn Ridge Trail

    Located 1 mile east of the Mt Waterman Ski Resort, Buckhorn Ski Hill is a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll through a snow-covered forest, complete with views of towering Mt Waterman. To get here take I-210 toward La Canada, exit on to Calif...

    2.5 miles 700 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Azusa, California

      Jackson Flats

      Overview Jackson Flats is a group camping facility located next to beautiful Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, which holds numerous nature programs, hikes and activities on Saturdays during the summer....

    • Valyermo, California

      Mountain Oak

      Overview Escape to Mountain Oak Campground in the Angeles National Forest for a restful, refreshing getaway from city life. Just northwest of the Los Angeles metro area, Mountain Oak provides a sce...

    • Valyermo, California

      Lake Campground

      Overview Lake Campground offers an excellent escape from the city, just a short drive northeast of the Los Angeles metro area. It's set on the shores of Jackson Lake, providing a scenic, peaceful s...

    • Pearblossom, California

      Bandido Group Campground

      Overview Groups of all types will enjoy staying at the Bandido Group Campground, which boasts beautiful scenery in a relaxing, rustic atmosphere. The site accommodates groups of up to 150 campers, ...

    • Palmdale, California

      Coulter Group Campground

      Overview At Coulter Group Campground groups can relax and enjoy the experience of being outdoors without traveling far from the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Angeles Crest Highway,...

    • Palmdale, California

      Meadow Group Campground

      Overview Meadow Group Campground is located off State Highway 2 between the Manzanita Loop of the Chilao Campground and the Chilao Ranger Station, 26 miles north of the 210 Freeway in La Canada, Ca...

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