Josephine Peak Summit Trail

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California

Elevation Gain2,949ft
Trailhead Elevation3,649ft
Elevation Min/Max3649/5558ft
Elevation Start/End3649/3649ft

Josephine Peak Summit Trail

Josephine Peak Summit Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Angeles National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 3,649 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,949 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Natures Canteen Trail and Strawberry Spur Trail.

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Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"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." Read more
Best Bike Rides Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Wayne D. Cottrell
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"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." Read more

Josephine Peak Summit Trail Reviews

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This trail has it all. A tough climb up, incredible views, technical rock gardens, fast downhills. The heat is a little much in the summer and if you aren't in good shape I wouldn't recommend it. We did the entire 21mi with the Josephine Peak Summit and used 5 bottles between 2 people. Be cautious on the back single track, it gets tricky. All in all, one of the best rides ever. I highly recommend it if you can handle the big climb and technical downs.

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Trail Information

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Los Angeles River Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Condor Peak
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Dec 2018