Gilman Peak

Brea, California

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Gilman Peak’s bald summit, barely poking over lesser ridges, affords a breathtakingly spacious view of Southern California on a clear day. To the southwest lies the wide mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, scored by a broad flood channel carrying runoff that originates far inland amid the San Bernardino Mountains. Beyond, the vast urban plain of Orange County, resting on a vast sheet of alluvium, slopes gently toward the ocean. Northward, the gaunt San Gabriel Mountains, snow-capped in winter, rise boldly over foreground hills and valleys. In the southeast, the Santa Ana Mountains form a broad, dusky blister on the horizon. **Note that at the time of this writing, the North Ridge Trail is temporarily closed due to severe erosion.
Afoot & Afield: Orange County

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County

by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

Gilman Peak’s bald summit, barely poking over lesser ridges, affords a breathtakingly spacious view of Southern California on a clear day. To the southwest lies the wide mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, scored by a broad flood channel carrying runoff that originates far inland amid the San Bernardino Mountains.

Beyond, the vast urban plain of Orange County, resting on a vast sheet of alluvium, slopes gently toward the ocean. Northward, the gaunt San Gabriel Mountains, snow-capped in winter, rise boldly over foreground hills and valleys. In the southeast, the Santa Ana Mountains form a broad, dusky blister on the horizon. **Note that at the time of this writing, the North Ridge Trail is temporarily closed due to severe erosion.

© 2015 Jerry Schad and David Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Brea
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best: October through June
Local Contacts: CHSP
Driving Directions: Directions to Gilman Peak

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