I have the morning free. Come join me if you can.
***As of now there is a 30% chance of rain/snow on Tuesday. Please come properly prepared for some winter fun!!***
Sunset Peak is a popular summit south of Baldy and Lookout Mountain. For people in reasonably good shape, virtually no wilderness experience is required, as the summit can be reached by a well-graded fire road (a total distance of 3.5 miles for a round trip of 7). The elevation gain is 1300 feet. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
The ascent of Sunset Peak is a particularly rewarding experience in the winter when the air is crisp and clear. From the 5,796-foot summit you get a grandstand vista of the great horseshoe ridge—crowned by massive Mount Baldy—that encircles upper San Antonio Canyon. To the northwest, beyond the deep canyons of the East Fork country, looms the line of peaks above Crystal Lake.
It’s an moderate stroll up the 3.5-mile fire road to the summit, and well worth the effort. Sunset Peak is also listed on the Sierra Club's One Hundred Peaks List, so you also get credit for bagging a peak. Once we get to the summit, we'll find cement pillars and ruins from the fire lookout tower that was once here.
Source: Robinson, John W.; Christiansen, Doug [masked]). Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels (http://amzn.to/1bncZ3U) (Kindle Locations[masked]). Wilderness Press. Kindle Edition.
Location: Angeles National Forest south of Mt. Baldy. From the 210 Freeway, take the Baseline Road exit and go west for 0.7 miles. Take a right (north) onto Mills, go 1.1 miles and bear right onto Mt. Baldy Road. Go 8 miles and take a hard left on Glendora Ridge Road (right before Mt. Baldy Village) and drive a mile to Cow Canyon Saddle and park at the side of the road. Please note that parking is limited so carpooling is recommended if possible.
What to Bring: Be sure to check weather conditions the day prior to the hike and wear appropriate hiking clothing, shoes or boots. Also bring adequate water and a energy snack or small lunch.
Waiver of Liability: This group, its organizer and assistant organizers, will not beheld responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike/outing, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing and agree to the Lazy Ass Hiking terms and conditions.