There are a few ways to summit Sunset Peak in Mt Baldy. This route is slightly shorter but more challenging (and fun!) than the fire road route. It is also the route I offer through my guided hikes. If you are interested in a moderate route, please refer to this post instead as the route
Category: Southern California
Some hikes are fun. Some hikes are challenging. Some hikes are just peaceful. And then, some hikes awake you. This hike was one of those. This trail is located in Whitewater Preserve in Sand to Snow National Monument. Whitewater Preserve is located 103 miles east of Los Angeles and 16 miles west of Palm Springs.
This hike is located in Mount Baldy, CA. Hiker parking spots are available by the Mt Baldy Visitor Center near the trailhead. There are limited spots and parking can be challenging on the weekends so go early or go on a weekday if your schedule is flexible. You need to pick up a Adventure Pass
This hike is located in Castaic, CA. I was looking for a 6-8 mile moderate hike to get us back in shape, and this hike fit the bill. This trail is open year-round. In early March, the temperature was perfect. It was Saturday, and there were only three cars at the trailhead around 9 AM.
This hike is located in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange, CA. These trails are enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikes, and trail runners year-round. There is a small entrance fee to the park per vehicle. To begin the hike, you can take any trail from the parking lot. They all take you to Historic Dam
This hike is located in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in West Hills, CA. Although the trails are open year-round, the best time to hike it is spring when the rolling hills are green and wildflowers are blooming. Here is another hike from February a few years ago. You can see what it
When the brutal summer heat was finally coming to an end, the wildfires took over the mountains in Southern California last year. The Bobcat Fire burned for months in the Angeles National Forest. It started on September 6, 2020, and was finally contained by December 18. To say I was disappointed and felt sad would