I was in Los Angeles County for a few days, primarily to join Barbara Lilley
on a birthday hike near Palmdale the next day. I
took the opportunity to collect a handful
of unnamed summits in the area, primarily within the Angeles National Forest.
Leaving San Jose around 5:30a, it was almost six hours before I was ready to
start the first hike just before 11:30a.
Peak 5,860ft - Peak 5,881ft
These two summits are located on the east side of Angeles Forest Hwy, between
the HPS summits of Cole Point and Pacifico Mtn. Peak 5,860ft is located on the
Pacific Crest, part of Pacific Divide list
been working on slowly these past few years. My route started from
, southeast of Peak 5,860ft. The
is about a mile to the first summit, then another
half mile to the second. Though steep, is of little
hindrance, making for a pleasant climb. I spent 45min making my way to
finding the firebreak had been recently renovated, probably tied to the 2020
Bobcat Fire some distance to the east. The firebreak made easy work of getting
, another 20min's work. I found a small
left on Peak 5,881ft by Chuck Hodi earlier in the
year, no other entries. Both peaks have a nice view of Pacifico Mtn towering
1,300ft higher to , as well as Mts. Emma and Old Emma to
. I via the ,
2hrs for the roundtrip effort.
This is a P500 found just off the Mt. Gleason Rd. With a high-clearance vehicle,
it is , or about a 2/3mi road hike each way without one.
There is a small at the summit,
found nearby in the
bushes. Lots of prominence, but low on the satisfaction index.
This one requires a bit of work, found off the south side of Mt. Gleason Rd.
It's difficulty lies in that the starting point is 600ft above the summit,
requiring a 1,000-foot climb out on the way back. The hike is about a mile and
a half each way, mostly along an old firebreak. The only brushy part is at the
beginning, starting from Mt. Gleason Rd. I saw that others had come from the
NW, but the satellite view looked brushier there. I from the
northeast, a bit longer, but of sorts making it easier.
PB has the local highpoint here near the road called Little Gleason Point.
There is there too, which seemed a bit silly, but that's
how the game goes. From this point, the old firebreak in
conjunction with less brush, makes it a straightforward hike down to the saddle
and up to , taking a bit less than an hour from the road.
It's a lonely little at the end of the ridgeline,
on by . I thought
it a good hike to a modest summit, and left here before
the same way.
Peak 4,380ft - Peak 4,300ft
These two minor summits are found between Angeles Forest Hwy and Aliso Canyon
Rd. The first would be a drive-up if the utility road to the south wasn't gated
at the highway. One could hike the road legally, but it's a few extra miles
that way. Instead, I started from the east where the highway goes over
a small pass, lots of parking at . I then went
up and northwest to intersect the utility road just east
of Peak 4,380ft. A short hike then gets one to , about 15min,
all told. The lower but more interesting summit is Peak 4,300ft, about half a
mile to the west. I hiked along the utility road to its end at a
set of transmission line towers. Then steeply down sandy slopes to
, and up the moderately brushy east slope
of Peak 4,300ft, about 25min between summits. The return was a little easier
since I could jump on
back down near the saddle and avoid
going back over the first summit. I was back around 5:40p to call it a day -
the sun goes down a little earlier down in SoCal, currently just after 6p.
I did some exploratory driving for peaks the next morning, then ended up camped
on the side of Peak 3,819ft on the west side of Aliso Canyon Rd. It was along
an Edison utility road, under a transmission tower. There was a beautiful full
with views overlooking Soledad, Arrastre, and Gleason Canyons, one of
the better campsites I've had in the area...