Moderate, mid-morning 6 mi rt, 1300 ft hike through shaded forested greenery, amidst the grandeur of the majestic San Gabriel mountains. This hike to Mt. Hillyer (6162') is one of the more beautiful summit hikes in the area and features a panoramic view of much of the San Gabriel range, including Mt Vetter and Mt Pacifico (7124'), two of the larger peaks.
Mt. Hillyer region was once used by bandits in the 1800s. Later it was used as a backdrop for some westerns. The hike starts from the Chilao Visitors Center (not the Chilao Overnight Camp), approximately 26 miles up on Angeles Crest Highway. The first mile to Horse Flats is on a well-graded trail passing through chaparral and some pine.
Once at this resting stop, identified by its (horse) bridle posts, we pass through an open forest of Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine, as well as manzanita and oak interspersed with huge boulder outcroppings. There will be small patches of snow as we ascend. The hike from Horse Flats to Hillyer has switchbacks and some confusing trail entry points, and we must stay together through the upper parts of the trail...to avoid getting lost or misdirected. A sweep will assist the slower hikers, and we will make every effort to keep the group together.
Bring 2 quarts water, light snack for lunch, a daypack, lightweight compact jacket and lug-soled shoes. Adventure pass ($5) is required if you are driving (carpooling encouraged), and can be purchased along the way or at the Shell station below or at any Sports Chalet, A16 or REI. We might go to Newcombs Ranch restaurant nearby after the hike for those interested.
Hike will be jointly listed with the Sierra Club, 20s and 30s Section.
Heavy rain cancels. Light rain...email leader.