Liebre Mountain

Sandberg, California

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The cool, forested north slopes of Liebre Mountain rear up in stark contrast to the wide, brown Antelope Valley at their feet. The San Andreas Fault, which lies along Liebre Mountain’s north base, is responsible for this juxtaposition. This is a shuttle trip requiring two cars. (If you have a single car, you can elect to walk—or send the fastest runner of your group—down the 5 miles of pavement between the two points to close the loop.) Just south (uphill) of Pine Creek Road, you’ll find the Pacific Crest Trail. Go right and begin a leisurely switchback ascent through red-barked manzanitas, wispy gray pines, and deciduous black oaks. Patches of Great Basin sagebrush remind you that the high desert is not far away.The mix of mountain-desert vegetation is soon enhanced by many large California buckeye shrubs. Leafless and gray until about April, buckeye becomes one of California’s most handsome blooming plants by June, showing off myriad sprays of white blossoms. Botanically, this slope resembles much of central California’s Coast Ranges and the lower Sierra foothills.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

The cool, forested north slopes of Liebre Mountain rear up in stark contrast to the wide, brown Antelope Valley at their feet. The San Andreas Fault, which lies along Liebre Mountain’s north base, is responsible for this juxtaposition.

This is a shuttle trip requiring two cars. (If you have a single car, you can elect to walk—or send the fastest runner of your group—down the 5 miles of pavement between the two points to close the loop.) Just south (uphill) of Pine Creek Road, you’ll find the Pacific Crest Trail. Go right and begin a leisurely switchback ascent through red-barked manzanitas, wispy gray pines, and deciduous black oaks. Patches of Great Basin sagebrush remind you that the high desert is not far away.The mix of mountain-desert vegetation is soon enhanced by many large California buckeye shrubs. Leafless and gray until about April, buckeye becomes one of California’s most handsome blooming plants by June, showing off myriad sprays of white blossoms. Botanically, this slope resembles much of central California’s Coast Ranges and the lower Sierra foothills.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandberg
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: ANF/SCMRD
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Liebre Mtn
Driving Directions: Directions to Liebre Mountain

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