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Day Hiking Los Angeles
by Casey Schreiner (The Mountaineers Books)
This easy loop takes the hiker through a section of the San Gabriels in recovery. The Station Fire blazed through here in 2009, devastating the tall pines, peaceful picnic area, and ﬁre lookout tower. Volunteer and Forest Service crews are restoring the region’s trails and structures, and although the forest will take years to recover, the views from the summit of Vetter are still worth the trip.
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Gabriel Valley
by Allen Riedel (Falcon Guides)
Climb to an historic fire lookout and learn about the flora of the region on the short Wolf Tree Nature Trail.From the parking area along Forest Road 3N16.1, walk south onto the trail marked for Vetter Mountain. This trail crosses through lovely wooded Charlton Flats and follows part of the 53-mile-long forest spanning Silver Moccasin Trail. It also encompasses the Wolf Tree Nature Trail in a semi–figure eight.The Charlton Flats region of the Angeles National Forest is at a convergence of the varying ecosystems that comprise the San Gabriel Mountains. At almost 6,000 feet, the forest’s first pines start to crop up. Here they intermix with the desert chaparral that creeps up from the lower regions and create an amalgam of ecosystems that is interesting to explore. Starting from lower Charlton Flats, head southwest on the Vetter Mountain Trail.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Vetter Mountain’s pint-sized fire-lookout building —before it was destroyed in the 2009 Station Fire—perched atop Vetter’s rounded summit and offered a 360-degree view over the midsection of the San Gabriels.
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