Mt. Gleason: Pacific Crest Trail Professional Review and Guide
"At 6,502 feet in elevation, Mt. Gleason stands above lesser summits on the western end of the San Gabriel Mountains. A delightful, well-maintained length of the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the long, forested shoulder of the mountain and an old road leads to Gleason’s summit. On the way to the top of Gleason, the hiker gains vistas of the surrounding Angeles National Forest high country, as well as a view down at shimmering heat waves rolling across the Mojave Desert and the outskirts of Palmdale.
You’ll enjoy this path because it travels in the welcome shade of many trees: live oak, big-cone spruce, incense cedar and Jeffrey pine. In 1869, this mountain’s pine-spiked shoulders caught the attention of George Gleason, superintendent of the profitable Eureka Mine, located down in Soledad Canyon. Gleason figured the mountain would be an ideal source of timber, necessary to brace the mine’s tunnels. Gleason and his fellow gold miners dug a rough road up the mountain and built a sawmill near the summit."