Category Archives: Hiking Wrightwood

Lone Pine Canyon

Lone Pine Canyon, I’ve heard it said, is a young canyon formed by the San Andreas Fault.  Here, looking eastward,  we can see how straight the canyon is. It hasn’t had time to form the meanders and side canyons that it would have if were much older.


On the right side of this picture in the Pacific plate. On the left, the North American plate. Slowly, these two tectonic entities grind together ultimately forming our mountain ranges in their slow swirl.

Inspiration — Introduction

Everything changes.  Some things don’t change fast though. Maybe daily, or hourly, even moment by moment. Without the inclusion of the work done by man, this photo may represent what things looked like one hundred years ago, or even older all the way up until now.  It would look just like this.  The weather will be different, but it will still be beautiful.

View of East San Gabriel River Canyon, Angeles National Forest

Looking down the East San Gabriel Canyon into a clouded-over Southern California

Our Recent Hike Up Mt. Baden-Powell

Just the other day Mike, Gabby (our Vizsla) and I took a hike up Mt. Baden-Powell. We went relatively early to avoid the afternoon heat and just had the best time. It’s 4 miles up to the summit (with 41 switchbacks) and on top the views are spectactular. There is a monument dedicated to the Boy Scouts on top and a metal sign-in box. Take a moment to read who’s been up there and then sign it yourself. Keeps things interesting. On the summit ridge are 2000-year-old limber pines, with one of the largest being “Waldron Tree”. The elevation at the top is 9399′ with an elevation gain of 2800′ from the parking lot at Vincent Gap, so take your time on the way up and bring plenty of water and snacks. As you can see from the pics, the afternoon thunder storms were visible to the East, so we headed down early, but not so soon that we didn’t enjoy the feeling of being on top of the world. Shawn


Friday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

So Friday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm in our parking lot. Free hot dogs, soda and water. The bands are both new to our concert in the parking lot. If you saw the Mountaineer Progress that came out last Thursday, there is a great article about the concert and the bands. They are the Terry “Big T” DeRouen Gang and the Chase Walker Band (a sensational teenage blues trio). Bring your chairs and enjoy a great evening

Whoa, What Happened?

Spring has been beautiful and summer is almost upon us.  Now is the time for picnicking, hiking, and mountain biking!  When it does get hot, remember that it’s usually 10-15 degrees cooler here in the mountains.

Also whenever in the Angeles National Forest you will also need an Adventure Pass– $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

6/3/11 Angels Crest Highway Open to Wrightwood!!!!!

Yes, the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) is now open.  You can now drive all the way from the 210 Freeway east to the 138 through the Angeles National Forest.  Of course you will want to stop at Newcomb’s Ranch for a drink or something to eat.  From Newcomb’s the Angeles Crest Highway traverses the High Country.  This is some of the most spectacular county of the Angeles.  The picture to the left was taken in the Buckhorn area on 6/3/11 it is a great shot of a snow plant.  This time of the year there are many of these along the highway.  Also keep an eye out for the Bighorn Sheep in the area around the tunnels.  Best time to see them is early in the morning or an hour or so before dusk.  Then continue east to the town of Wrightwood and plan on sometime there to walk the streets and see the shops and restaurants.

Just think of this beautiful county is just a short drive from you home.  I think of this as my big backyard.  It is hard to beleive that you are still in So. Ca.

I hope you have a great trip


Mine gulch 5/27/11

I hiked the trail for the first time with my 10 year old son and had a great time taking in all the scenery.  It was around 8:30 am we started and on the way back it was warmer we startled a rattlesnake which startled us but it was amazing to see.  Kept walking and saw another snake but not sure what kind it was black with red markings and it was quick.  Definatly doing it again it was beautiful.            melissa davis