Dawson Peak

Wrightwood, California

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The Devil’s Backbone is the colloquial moniker of the trail up the knifelike ridgeline to Mount San Antonio. The “other Devils Backbone” follows a mountaineer use trail on the backside of Mount Baldy and traverses the second-and third-highest peaks in the Angeles National Forest. The way is steep, no-nonsense, not overused, and not for the timid or the acrophobic. Breathtaking views are the norm and scrambling over loose rock is guaranteed, as well as high-mountain adventure.

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"The Devil’s Backbone is the colloquial moniker of the trail up the knifelike ridgeline to Mount San Antonio. The “other Devils Backbone” follows a mountaineer use trail on the backside of Mount Baldy and traverses the second-and third-highest peaks in the Angeles National Forest.

The way is steep, no-nonsense, not overused, and not for the timid or the acrophobic. Breathtaking views are the norm and scrambling over loose rock is guaranteed, as well as high-mountain adventure."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wrightwood
Distance: 8.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-6 hours
Season: Open year-round; the road may be closed due to snow and/or dangerous fire conditions
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Mount San Antonio, CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Dawson Peak

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May 2018