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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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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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The Sunset Peak trailhead is located above Upland/Claremont off the 210 freeway toward Mount Baldy. The 8-mile trail is a fire road that gains 1,400′ of elevation and tops out at 5,796′.

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The trailhead for the Icehouse Canyon-Chapman Trail Loop is above Upland/Claremont off the 210 freeway. The 9-mile scenic trail gains 2,620′ of elevation and tops out at 7,580′.

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Sitton Peak is located off Ortega Hwy 74, and can be accessed from Lake Elsinore or San Juan Capistrano. This 9-mile scenic trail gains 2,200′ and tops out at 3,273′ with views of the ocean.

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Big Santa Anita Canyon is off the 210 freeway above Pasadena. It’s a 5-mile, heavily shaded trail loop that follows the Winter Creek drainage with 1,800′ of elevation gain.

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The Claremont Wilderness Park Loop is a heavily trafficked fire road trail, just off the 210 freeway. The 5-mile trail gains 823′ of elevation with great views of the city along the ridge.

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