Liebre Mountain

Gorman, California 93243

Liebre Mountain

Liebre Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Stressless drive with great views along both sides of a high ridge. Several side roads to explore. Enjoy secluded camping at two little-used primitive campgrounds. Hike the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail which crosses the road several times along the same ridge. Well-maintained gravel road suitable for any stock SUV."

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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."

"Liebre Mountain is named for Rancho La Liebre (“Rabbit Ranch”), an 1846 Mexican land grant in the area."

"Blockbuster vistas from yet another ridgeline road. Here in the San Gabriel Mountains, you’ll be in the geologic and climatic meeting place of the southern Sierra Nevada (the Tehachapi Mountains), the Mojave Desert (Antelope Valley) and the South Coast Ranges. Although this road is some 50 miles from the ocean, it is in the east-west trending Transverse Ranges, one of the four geologic regions that make up California’s coastal mountains. This drive provides views of the transition from churning coastal mountains to grassy hills and the arid Mojave Desert. Most of the road follows part of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (hiking)."

"The long, scenic Liebre Mountain Trail follows a gentle, winding dirt road that travels along the ridge tops of Angeles National Forest. The trail leaves California 138 at Quail Lake, a short distance from I-5. For the first few miles, the route follows the marked Old Ridge Route. This rough concrete road is now broken up and uneven in spots, but it provides an easy climb along a wide shelf road to the start of the dirt trail. Special Attractions: Trail travels a short section of the Old Ridge Route; Long, easy ridge trail traveling the top of Liebre Mountain; Hunting in season and backcountry camping; Panoramic views from the ridge. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Liebre Mountain Reviews

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Around January 2017, this trail washed out near the western trail head, not far from Old Ridge Route. I just called 20 April 2018, it is still washed out, no immediate plans to repair. So that leaves just the eastern entry at Pine Canyon Road and Sawmill Road. Which is still a nice out-and-back trail, but not the same.....
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AWESOME vistas. Easy trail to navigate. Lots of wild flowers, blue jays and we even saw a fox along the way.
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It was alot of fun to 4x4 in the snow. Great views of valleys. Spurs can fun.
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An excellent trail, but not as simple as many guides portray when there is snow on the ground. The snow tends to stay on the road, and turn this trip into a real challenge. My wife and I got stuck and had to winch ourselves out; this was in a modified Wrangler with MT tires. If there is snow on the ground, it would probably not be wise for a stock vehicle to drive this route.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Best late fall thru early spring
Angeles National Forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer; Angeles National Forest; USGS Lancaster
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018