This is a beautiful trail, it is pure bliss before your eyes . It delivers a little bit of everything . Both smooth and rocky terrains, creek crossings , tree climbing , boulder hopping, or for those who have short legs like me, boulder climbing.
Mostly shaded , lots of vegetation and lots of wildlife . As we arrive at the the Burkhart Saddle, we will take a short breather before climbing a bit over a 1/2 a mile stretch up the mountain facing west to reach Will Thrall Peak.
We will climb up like turtles on this short but steep mountain. Some areas have loose terrain and it can get somewhat windy. If you brought your hiking poles , i strongly recommend them in this area of the hike. Please pay close attention to your footing and give each other some space . We will enjoy our lunch and some playtime at the top and enjoy amazing, jaw dropping views to the North. We will see the beautiful phases and plains of the Mohave Desert. To the east is another steep climb, leading to Pallet Mountain and to the south we face the Highway , Mount Waterman and other Peaks. Can you name a few?
This peak is named after Will Thrall, a well known historian and preservationist of the San Gabriel Wilderness and editor of trails magazine back in the 1930's. He retraced many Indian trade trails and camps throughout the mountains.
Intermediate Hike - steady pace (Mitch pace )
APPROXIMATELY 12.5 + miles RT
APPROXIMATELY 3700 Gain Elevation
7845 Ft Elevation
( 15 miles / 4700 gain with Pallet mountain option for advance only)
6 - 8 hours RT
DIRECTIONS : From the I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway ( SR 2 ) drive North on Angeles Crest Highway about 40 - 50 minutes, 33 + miles to the entrance of the Buckhorn Campground on your left. ( At mile marker 58.25 ? ) . The entrance is kind of hidden and Narrow. Pay close attention to the signs. Proceed down and turn left at the next 2 Forks then follow the signs to Burkhart Trail to a large parking area. Carpooling is recommended . There is a Bathroom at the start of the trail .
WHAT TO BRING- Suns screen , bug repellent , hat , enough water at least 3 liters, lunch , energy snacks / drinks , hiking poles , good trail shoes or boots , layer , camera , big smiles and a heart to climb that steep but short mountain.
*******While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. ********
PLEASE NOTE: I only volunteer to organize these events to bring us together as a group, just a reminder that you are responsible for your own safety. If you cannot keep up with this group please be considerate of the other members and if you need to head back let one of us know so that we are not worried looking for you. If you must separate yourself from the group and do not see the group leader (me) please pass on the message to one of the members to tell me.
**********With that said , our MISSION on this hike is no one is left behind, We all get back safe with no injuries . Hiking is recreational and we are there to have fun in a safe and healthy environment enjoying each other's company as we venture out into the wilderness. :)