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Smith Mountain is just north of Azusa. The 6.5-mile out and back trail to the peak gains 1,843′ and tops out at 5,111′ About half the elevation gain is in the last mile…

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I am writing this post as a primer for folks who might be backpacking in the Sierras for the first time. Use this as a planning checklist. Also, if you are in the market for new gear, check with…

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Alta Peak, located in Sequoia National Park, can be done as a day hike or overnight. Most prefer overnight because of the time it takes to get to the trailhead and the length of the hike…

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Mount Williamson via Islip Saddle is located off Angeles Crest Highway (2) near Wrightwood. This easy 5-mile hike gains 1,575′ and tops out at 8,244′ with views of Palmdale to the north.

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The trailhead for Mount Islip is off the Angeles Crest Hwy (2) past Wrightwood. This 7-mile out and back trail gains 1,627′ of elevation and tops out at 8,251′. Hiking Mount Williamson on the same day is a great plan if you have the time.

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Strawberry Peak via the Mountaineer’s Route is a whole lot of fun, and a bit of suffering. The trail gains 2,730′ and tops out a 6,165′. The last 400 feet of the trail is a great class 3 climb to…

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Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail Quick Facts Trail Description Getting to the trailhead is quite an ordeal. By the time you make the 5 mile trip down one of …

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The best way to prepare for mountains like Cucamonga, Baldy, and San Gorgonio is to train consistently on smaller trails. Here are some trails to get you outdoors and building cardio.

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