Manzanita Ridge Hike! (10.4 miles, 3500’ gain)

Distance: 10.4 miles
Elevation gain: 3500’
Peak elevation: 4470’
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 6-7 hours
Pace:[masked]

Meet @ trailhead by: 7:30am

This is one of the oldest trails (Mt. Wilson Trail) in SoCal, developed more than 100 years ago. We will climb on a steep and exposed section (1.5 miles, 1000’) to the “First Water” stream. After 1.5 miles, the trail is mostly shaded. We’ll then climb on a gradual incline (2 miles, 1000’) towards Orchard camp. Lastly, we head up some pretty steep switchbacks (1.75 miles, 1500’) to Manzanita Ridge. We’ll have lunch, then head back the same way.

BRING

• 3-4 liters water
• Good traction hiking shoes
• Hiking poles
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Snacks and lunch
• 10 essentials: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

PARKING

No Adventure Pass needed.

DIRECTIONS

Address: 168 E Miramonte Ave, Sierra Madre, CA

From the 210 Foothill Freeway in Arcadia, exit Santa Anita Avenue and drive north. Turn left (west) on Sierra Madre Blvd. and drive 0.9 mile to Mountain Trail Avenue. Turn right (north) and drive 0.5 mile to where Mountain Trail Ave ends but turns left as Mira Monte Ave. Turn left here. Immediately on your right is Mount Wilson Trail Drive. Park in this area on the street, either on the lower end of Mount Wilson Trail Drive or on Mira Monte. The hike begins by walking up Mount Wilson Trail Drive.


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  • Melody C.

    They are kind and so funny:D

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Melody C.

      Not they are, is "you are" !

      June 23, 2013

    • Ryan O.

      Cool, we're like very cute kids. And I made Melody think of Johnny Depp. That's awesome. Most probably because Depp plays a funny-looking Indian named 'Tonto' in that new Lone Ranger movie

      June 24, 2013

  • Ryan O.

    10.4 miles & 3500' gain, this is actually the most difficult hike I've ever done. Fish Canyon is now on second at 8.5 miles & 3.3 K gain. Still trying to get to that level when I can hike at the same pace with Sing & Dewey going uphill. Still need more conditioning. I enjoyed this hike. Thank you Lia for being a good sport and putting up with our jokes. We're still going to sing that DL song at karaoke though. Great job on this hike. :)

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Sing

      lol whatevers you were like just 5 mins behind us two old men

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • Dewey

      What are you talking about Ryan? You were right behind me like a shadow going uphill and downhill.

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • ed

    I had a great time to hike with you guys. Thank you Lia for organizing this wonderful hike. Look forward to hiking with you guys again.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Henry

    Nice hike with great people!
    Thanks LA for leading!!!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Josi

    Carpool anyone? I'm willing to meet up at someone's place in SGV. Not sure of the parking situation at the trail. Thank you!

    June 19, 2013

    • ed

      My home is near 168 market, I can pick you up there if you like.

      June 21, 2013

    • Josi

      Thanks for the offer, I decided to drive myself.

      June 21, 2013

  • Rick T. R.

    Hey everyone, I'm flying into LA (from Chicago) tonight AND I have a monster paper due for school by Monday. I'm going to keep my name on the list but if I'm not there by 7:30AM then just assume that I'm stuck doing schoolwork and won't be able to go.
    Hope to see you all tomorrow.

    June 21, 2013

  • Sing

    Speaking of which if you guys want to go to souplantation afterwards it's berry themed, i got a 20% entire bill coupon.

    June 18, 2013

    • Ryan O.

      LOL! Aw man that song is hilarious. We should sing that at karaoke when DL's around. I was laughing the whole time watching that video

      June 20, 2013

    • Sing

      I never would have thought i would have a perfect situation for that video, it almost makes up for the heat winning today :<

      June 20, 2013

  • Barry S

    Anyone can offer a wayward traveler from the far reaches of south OC a ride? I'm willing to drive up to SGV or somewhere in between!

    June 18, 2013

    • Josi

      I live in Hollywood, anyone able to carpool? Willing to meet in SGV as well.

      June 18, 2013

  • Sing

    So who is bringing the grill on this one? ONE TWO THREE...NOT IT!

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Sing

      what if king alan wears a wig?

      1 · June 11, 2013

    • Ryan O.

      If King Alan wears a wig, that just makes him a Queen Alan

      1 · June 12, 2013

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