There are two trailheads off Glendora Ridge Road for this hike. If you enter “Sunset Peak Trailhead” into the google map, it will take you to the first trailhead located at Cow Canyon Saddle. If you start from here, it will be a shorter hike but expect a much much more steep incline. I saw the steepness from the road and felt dizzy already so drove 3.3 miles further to the second trailhead.
We started around 10:15 am which is much later than usual. I miscalculated how much cooler it would be up there with higher elevation (start 4,361 ft) and all. We had a heat wave in the LA area that week and the temperature was already in the mid-60s at the trailhead. After about 0.9 miles of hiking, non-biting gnats appeared out of nowhere and wouldn’t leave me alone for the next 3/4 mile or so. It was beautiful though.
As we gained more elevation, the terrain started to change rockier and the gnats disappeared. Free at last!!
Tall pine trees started to appear
and we were spared from the sun’s heat at times.
After 2.16 miles, you will come to two trails. Take the trail on your right. The one on the left is the trail from Cow Canyon Saddle. Steady uphill continued and we had fabulous views of San Gabriel mountains! I couldn’t get close to the edge like Xena so she modeled for me.
Yep, we were up high.
After a close call with a rattlesnake this time last year, I’ve been super careful with scoping out the place before we settle for a break. Near the peak, I found us a nice secluded area off the main trail and did my careful checkout of the area. Now, it was time to relax and enjoy the earned views.
After the break, we both felt rejuvenated so I thought maybe I should try a selfie. After 4 attempts, I got a decent photo of us. Xena’s too cool to look at the camera but I smiled for both of us so it’s OK. (I think I see a snot hanging off her right nostril. Hahaha!) Here is to our trail adventure on Valentine’s Day! ♡
Good to Know:
- Hike date: 2.14.16
- Trailhead: 34.219018, -117.712337 (copy/paste in to your GPS app)
- Distance (RT): 8 miles
- Elevation gain: 1,469 ft
- Time: 4.5 hours including breaks
- No restroom