78 Photos - Oct 12, 2013
Photo: Sunset Peak Hike April 10, 2008
Had an enjoyable hike on this Sunday morning to Sunset Peak (5798’) from Glendora Ridge Road (4340’) in the Angeles National Forest. Total of about 7 miles with 1,500 feet in elevation gain.
Visit my Sunset Peak hike description at Dan’s Hiking Pages: http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/sunset.htmlPhoto: 6:55 AM - Begin hike heading east on Forest Service road 2N07Photo: View south toward San Dimas Canyon and the Pomona Valley beyond. Johnstone Peak (3178’) stands on the right.Photo: View northeast from the hairpin starting the second leg of the first long switchbackPhoto: View west from the switchback toward the trailhead. Twin Peaks East Peak is the pointed summit on the left horizon while Hawkins Ridge dominates the horizon on the right.Photo: View east toward Mt. Baldy. The bend in the road is where I will leave the road to descend a firebreak on my return trip.Photo: Foothill yucca (Yucca whipplei)Photo: View north – from the top: 
Iron Mt. and Gunsight Notch
Coldwater Canyon
Bighorn Ridge
Cattle Canyon
Lookout Mt. ridge
Cow CanyonPhoto: View south toward the ridge I will descend on my return tripPhoto: Spring is blossoming.Photo: The route contours in and out a canyon while stately pines begin to grace the landscape.Photo: View west toward the road I was just on and the ridge I will descendPhoto: OaksPhoto: Elev. 5140’ - View north on the west flank of Sunset Peak, junction with the road coming up from Cow Canyon Saddle (left)Photo: Elev. 5380’ - Ascending/descending ridge on the northeast hip of Sunset Peak with a view northeast toward San Antonio Canyon. Thunder Mt. (8587’) (left) and Telegraph Peak (8985’) stand in the middle on the horizon, with Sugarloaf Peak just in front of Telegraph. The ridge in the foreground provides an alternate route from Cow Canyon Saddle (4523’).Photo: View south toward Pomona Valley and Saddleback mountain in Orange County from the same location on the ascending/descending ridge on the northeast hip of Sunset PeakPhoto: From the same location, view southwest as the road reaches the ascending/descending ridge on the northeast hip of Sunset Peak. That faint path provides an alternate route straight up the ridge 420 vertical feet to the summit.Photo: View west toward Glendora Ridge Road (below) and 2N07, the route I hiked to get herePhoto: View south toward the ridgePhoto: Elev. 5580’ – Junction on south ridge of Sunset Peak, view south toward the route to Culver PeakPhoto: From same junction on south ridge of Sunset Peak, view south toward Culver Peak. I shall take a U-turn and head to Sunset Peak.Photo: From same junction on south ridge of Sunset Peak, view southeast toward lower San Antonio and Stoddard Peak (on left)Photo: From same junction on south ridge of Sunset Peak, view north toward Sunset Peak. The narrow path on the right heads straight to the summit, 220 vertical feet. I shall veer left and climb the road that circles the summit and approaches from the northeast.Photo: View northeast toward Mt. BaldyPhoto: View east from the northeast ridge of Sunset Peak toward Ontario Peak (8693’). The ridge in the foreground provides an alternate route from Cow Canyon Saddle.Photo: From the same location, view southwest toward the final pitch to the summitPhoto: Almost to the summit of Sunset PeakPhoto: 9:02 – Sunset Peak (5796’). I am immediately greeted by the foundations of the old fire lookout.Photo: The fire lookout was built in 1927 and stood until the 1970s.Photo: Four concrete footers supported the legs of the steel tower which was about two stories tall.Photo: Old picture of the fire lookout with Mt. Baldy in the background

See my fire lookouts page at Dan’s Hiking Pages: http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/photos5.htmlPhoto: View north from Sunset peak toward Mt. Baldy (10,064’)Photo: View south from Sunset Peak toward Culver Peak and the Pomona Valley beyond. The corrugated steel was for water collection.Photo: Ruins of a water tank on Sunset PeakPhoto: View southeast from Sunset Peak toward San Antonio Canyon. Notice the round survey marker on the rock.Photo: Survey marker on Sunset PeakPhoto: Tom Harrison map Angeles High Country (80 ft contours)Photo: View east from Sunset Peak toward Ontario PeakPhoto: View west from Sunset Peak. The ridge in the middle is my return route. Johnston Peak (3178’) rising pointed above the ridge on the left was the home of another lookout from 1934 to 1992. It is now on display at the Fairplex in Pomona.Photo: Zoomed-in view west from Sunset Peak toward downtown L.A. Santa Fe Dam is on the left, Glendora Peak is in the middle and pointed Glendora Mt. (3322’) is one the far right.Photo: View north from Sunset Peak toward Mt. Baldy. In front of Baldy is Lookout Mountain (6812’), the site of the first fire lookout in the Angeles National Forest. It was built in 1915 and remained until about 1927 when it was damaged by bad weather.Photo: Yours truly, Dan Simpson, atop Sunset Peak. Iron Mt. (8007’) is right in front of me.Photo: View south from Sunset Peak toward the junction(5580’) on south ridge of Sunset Peak. I shall take a shortcut and descend directly down this ridge then follow that ridgeline south to that nearest highpoint, then turn right and follow that ridge down. Culver Peak (5511’) stands in the distance.Photo: Nearing the junction (5580’). The route I came is at the bottom right corner. The route I took to the summit is at the bottom. The south road to Culver Peak is on the left. And I shall climb the ridge route in the middle.Photo: View north from the ridge back toward Sunset PeakPhoto: Climbing the ridge southPhoto: Panoramic view south from the high point on the ridge toward Culver Peak (5511’) and the east end of the San Dimas Experiential Forest. Browns Flat, a unique mountain meadow, is the clear spot on the right.Photo: View north back toward Sunset Peak with Mt. Baldy, Mt. Harwood, Devils Backbone, Thunder Mt. and Telegraph Mt. on the horizonPhoto: View northwest down my ridge route. I suspect this firebreak was cut during the 2002 Williams Fire. Hawkins Ridge through Throop Peak in is the middle horizon and snow-capped Mt. Baden-Powell is on the far right.Photo: View east with San Antonio Canyon in the middle and Mt. San Jacinto on the distant horizonPhoto: View northwest at my route as I continue down the ridge. Thankfully the 2002 Williams Fire spared many of the majestic pines.Photo: View northeast toward snow-capped Mt. Baldy with Lookout Mt directly in from of it. Sunset Peak is on the right. The Y junction (5140’) on the western flank of Sunset is clearly seen in the middle. To the left goes to Cow Canyon Saddle. Up goes to Sunset Peak. And right is the route I climbed on2N07.Photo: Sugar pine cone (Pinus lambertiana), one of the longest cones of all the conifersPhoto: View northwest down my ridge routePhoto: View northeast toward Mt. Baldy and Sunset PeakPhoto: View northwest down my ridge routePhoto: View south toward Culver Peak in the distancePhoto: View northwest down my ridge route. The trailhead is seen on the left. I’ve now left the conifers behind and descend into chaparral. I see at least 12 named highpoints in this shot; I’ve climbed 9 of them…still need to bag Kratka Ridge, Rattlesnake Peak, and Copter Ridge. (If you can ID the 12 highpoints, you’re a true peak bagger!)Photo: Camouflage!Photo: Zoomed-in view south toward Browns Flat in the San Dimas Experimental ForestPhoto: View north as the firebreak skirts a highpoint on my descending ridge routePhoto: View northwest toward my descending ridge route. Evidence of the 2002 Williams Fire abounds. Iron Mt (8007’) stand in the middle.Photo: Mountain lilac (Ceanothus spp.)Photo: View east toward Sunset Peak. Thunder Mt (8587’) and Telegraph Peak (8985’) are on the far left.Photo: View southeast up the ridge I’m descendingPhoto: Aerial litterPhoto: View east toward north flank of Sunset Peak and Glendora Ridge RoadPhoto: View southwest over the San Dimas Experimental Forest and San Dimas Canyon. The road I took this morning is in the foreground (I shall bypass it on my return). Johnstone Peak (3178’) stands pointed in the middle; a fire lookout tower stood on that peak from 1934-1992. Glendora Mountain can be seen on the far right. Catalina Island is a faint strip on the horizon in the upper left corner.Photo: I love spring!Photo: My ridge route finally reaches the road 2N07.Photo: View west on the road at the point where the ridge route intersects it. A normal person would walk down the road to the trailhead. But I shall descend the firebreak in the next photo as a shortcut.Photo: I descend this firebreak to bypass the long switchback of the roadPhoto: Baby blue eyes (Nemopila insignis / Hydrophyllaceae)Photo: The shortcut firebreak works well…almost to the road nowPhoto: Coulter pine cone (Pinus coulteri), one of the heaviest cones of all the conifersPhoto: California golden poppy (Eschscholzia californica)Photo: 11:50 - End hikePhoto: View east back toward the ridge I came down. The zigzag road cut is what I bypassed by descending the firebreak on the left. Thunder Mt (8587’) and Telegraph Peak (8985’) are on the far left.
Visit my Sunset Peak hike description at Dan’s Hiking Pages: http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/sunset.html