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Smith Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"The Bear Creek Trail traverses the chaparral-clad eastern reaches of the San Gabriel Wilderness and features panoramic vistas into the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains. The San Gabriel Wilderness encompasses more than 36,000 acres of extremely rugged terrain, ranging from chaparral-choked canyons and ridges to rich conifer forests in the high country. Only a few trails penetrate its margins; the interior remains a vast, wild region where black bear, mule deer, and mountain lion make their home. Since the area lies so close to the millions who live in the Los Angeles Basin, it is remarkable that a true wilderness experience can be found and enjoyed here in the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains. Smith Mountain is the southernmost 5,000-foot peak on a long south-trending ridge separating the North Fork San Gabriel River from Bear Creek and the San Gabriel Wilderness. From its open summit, a large portion of the San Gabriel Mountains and the rugged depths of the San Gabriel Wilderness meet your gaze."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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