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McDonald Peak


Location: Ventura County, about 15 miles southwest of Gorman, 83 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Ventura County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS Topo: Alamo Mountain 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Alamo Mountain, Sewart Mountain, Snowy Peak, Black Mountain #2, Cobblestone Mountain, White Mountain #2

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 1 mile round trip on use trail
Gain: 400'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1974


  • Go north on I-5 to the town of Gorman. Get off on the signed Gorman exit.
  • Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp and go under the freeway.
  • Go 0.1 mile to Peace Valley Road. Turn right.
  • Go 1 mile to the entrance to Hungry Valley Recreation Area on your left (paved). Turn left.Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 miles, entrance station. If manned, you can avoid payment of the fee by telling the State Park employee that you are passing through to Alamo Mountain.
  • At 5.2 miles, intersection. Turn right (west) toward "Piru Creek", signed.
  • At 11.2 miles, improved car camping area on right, with toilets. Often used as a meeting point.
  • At 11.4 miles, Piru Creek crossing. There is a seasonal gate just before this stream crossing.
  • At 13.4 miles, the pavement ends.
  • At 17.8 miles, fork to the left. Keep right.
  • At 17.9 miles, junction with the Alamo Mountain Road. Turn left. (To the right leads to Twin Pines Campground and Alamo Mountain Route 2.) Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • At 3.3 miles, fork immediately beyond a small road cut through the ridge. (To the right leads to Alamo Mountain Route 1.) Turn left.
  • At 4.0 miles, the road continues east at the Little Mutau trailhead. Past this point the road can sometimes be poor but is usually passable.
  • At 6.3 miles the road comes out on a ridge with a parking area above the road on the right (south). Park here.


  • From the parking area (6500'), the peak can be seen to the southwest.
  • Start west along the ridge and follow it as it swings around to the southeast and then up to the summit.


Twin Pines Campground has a toilet but no other facilities.

Contact the USFS at (661) 245-3731 for information about the status of the seasonal gate at the Piru Creek crossing.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 27-December-2005
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