Josephine Peak Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 3,649 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,819 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Josephine Peak (elevation 5,538 feet).
Josephine Peak Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"A relatively mild ﬁre road ascent of one of the most prominent peaks in the Front Range, the hike to Josephine Peak is a great introduction to moderate trails in the San Gabriels and has some exemplary views. Look out over nearby peaks and downtown Los Angeles (on clear days) for a comprehensive view of the size of the Station Fire burn area."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"This secluded out-and-back hike follows an abandoned dirt road on a gradual ascent to a summit of 5,560 feet. It may not be as challenging or interesting as other hikes in the area, but your reward is a 360-degree view of the San Gabriel mountain range and the unbeatable feeling that you’re on top of the world. It’s nearly impossible to get lost on this straightforward out-and-back trail that starts at the intersection of the Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest Highways. There are no confusing trail splits, nor are there any obvious stopping points or especially challenging stretches as there are on many other San Gabriel hikes. The road to Josephine Peak is essentially a steady climb on a wide dirt road flanked by gorgeous views of the mountains unblocked by transmission towers and other signs of urban life."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
"At 5,646 feet, Josephine Peak is not the highest in the San Gabriel Mountains, but along with Mount Wilson, it may be the most accessible by bicycle. The route is quite simple—strictly an out- and- back excursion. The turnaround point is the summit of Josephine Peak, although the actual summit is 130 feet higher than where the trail goes. There is no designated parking near the trail. The Clear Creek Ranger Station has parking only for official vehicles; the adjacent visitor center restricts stays to 15 minutes."
--Wayne D. Cottrell, Best Bike Rides Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"Circling around dramatic Strawberry Peak on a narrow, cling mountain trail, the views are never less than jaw-dropping; the singletrack never less than thrilling. Surrounded by stately Jeffrey Pines, you'll drop into the lush oasis of Strawberry Potrero for a bit before ascending toward a shoulder between Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawler. From here, the ride speeds up to the Red Box parking area, then shifts into high speed down the Gabrielino Trail into Switzer's Camp. It's only when you get to your car that you'll realize you've just ridden more than 14 miles of pure singletrack."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The tough 4-mile climb to Josephine Peak offers spectacular 360-degree views. The downhill return is fast and fun, while the singletrack loop around Strawberry Peak provides plenty of technical challenge. Either peak can be done as a descrete ride. Those without the necessary singletrack skills can simply climb and descend Josephine, while those who don't want to make the full climb can turn off onto the Strawberry singletrack. Please note that the 9-mile trail around Strawberry is very narrow, technical, and exposed in places. It is not a trail for the inexperienced or the faint of heart. Once you're on it, there aren't any bail-out points. Also note that the only water available is at Red Box-late in the loop."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Don Douglass, Mountain Biking Southern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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