Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘San Gabriel Mountains’

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Bailey Canyon Trail to Cabin Ruins, Sierra Madre

Bailey Canyon Trail to Cabin Ruins, Sierra Madre
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Another in our continuing series on great hikes in the San Gabriels. 5-6 miles round trip; moderately strenuous Alternate: Canyon View Nature Trail Like the popular Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain, this trail will take you winding up switchback after switchback through the San Gabriel Mountains past many a scenic lookout and to the […]

First Water Trail, Sierra Madre

First Water Trail, Sierra Madre

2 to 9.5 miles round trip; easy to moderately strenuous Alternate: Chantry Flat & Sturtevant Falls One of the few Angeles trails left untouched by the 2009 Station Fires, this hike offers shade to the weary traveler during the hot summer months of July and August. For an easy hike, make your way down the […]

Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia

Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia

Alternate: Falls Trail 7 miles roundtrip; moderate cityofmonrovia.org Perhaps the prettiest hike in the region, this trail goes along Sawpit and Sycamore canyons. Up high are views, chaparral and cactus; in the midranges are wildflowers and a green meadow; and on the lower elevations are a creek, waterfalls, oak and sycamore groves and lush fern […]

Altadena Foothills Conservancy

Altadena Foothills Conservancy

As development has encroached upon the foothills, this conservancy was born to help preserve open land and historic structures, as well as fight for access to long-established hiking trails. It has helped a neighborhood create a “pocket oak” area and is now working to create a pocket park at Woodbury and Marengo, as well as […]

A Gift of a Weekend

A Gift of a Weekend

Wow. That’s all we can say about Saturday in the San Gabriel Valley. And Sunday’s not too shabby, either. Here’s our post about the storms we just had, and forecasts to come; the latest is more rain arriving Monday night or Tuesday, dry Wednesday and Thursday, and another good-size storm next weekend. Everyone wants to […]

Night Hikes to Henninger Flats

Night Hikes to Henninger Flats

Supposedly, nature is good for you. Maybe, maybe not. But it’s certainly pleasant, often verging on beautiful. We could all use a little more nature. So what better way to start off the new year than with a twice-monthly night hike up to Henninger Flats, a small hanging basin about three miles up the Mt. […]

Post-Fire Roundup

Post-Fire Roundup

Our colleagues in the local blogosphere have been busy posting about life in the San Gabriels after the Station Fire. Here are a few reports worth checking out. And yes, that is ash that’s covering your car and your patio furniture — the dry and dreaded Santa Ana conditions are redistributing the white stuff all […]

Scenes from the Post-Fire San Gabriels

Scenes from the Post-Fire San Gabriels

Our friend Steve Elkins, a documentary filmmaker and cameraman, shared some terrific photos from a bike ride in the San Gabriels. They’re both beautiful and a little haunting. Steve and his Sunday-morning cycling group rode up the Arroyo Seco Trail (aka the JPL Trail) and on the Brown Mountain Trail. Thanks to Steve for taking […]

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

After nearly five years of waiting and work, the Mt. Wilson Toll Road has finally re-opened, restoring one of our favorite local hikes. Here’s the story in the Los Angeles Times. In honor of the occasion, we’re featuring the hike as it appeared in the first edition of Hometown Pasadena, updated with the news. Mt. […]

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

This post concludes our series on favorite hikes for summertime, and this one is the best of the bunch when summer kicks into full gear, as it has now. The trail is easy and shady, with streams for kids to splash in and dogs to drink from. Upper Arroyo Seco, Pasadena 5 miles round-trip; easy […]

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