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09C

Condor Peak

5440'+

Location: Los Angeles County, about 8 miles north of La Cañada-Flintridge in the San Gabriel Mountains, 53 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Condor Peak 7½, Sunland 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage (Older version)

Nearby Peaks: Mount Gleason, Iron Mountain #2, Fox Mountain #2

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10+ miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 2400' total, 1000' out plus 1400' on return
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Dick Akawie, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive north on Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) for 9.5 miles to its junction with Angeles Forest Highway (N3). Turn left.
  • Drive north on Angeles Forest Highway 14.2 miles to Mill Creek Summit. Turn left on Mount Gleason Road (3N17). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 6.2 miles, a fork, where the paved road goes into a detention center. Take the left fork (dirt) around the detention center.
  • At 8.8 miles, a gated paved road goes right (north) just past a microwave tower. This is the parking spot for Mount Gleason. Keep left.
  • At 9.3 miles, fork. Turn left.
  • At 9.5 miles, fork at Lightning Point Campground (shown on topo as "Mt. Gleason Campground"). Turn right.
  • Continue downhill about 1.6 miles to a locked gate at a saddle. This saddle is just northeast of bump 5846'.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5700'), pass the gate and hike west 1 1/2 miles to Indian Ben Saddle. Two trails leave the road at this point marked by signs.
  • Continue west on the road 1/4 mile to a where the road forks.
  • Keep left and follow the road down to a second fork near a water tank.
  • Take the right fork and follow it, as it becomes a trail, down to a saddle at the junction with the Trail Canyon Trail.
  • Keep straight here on the Condor Peak Trail and follow it about a mile to the saddle east of Condor Peak.
  • From here, follow a use trail up the ridge up to the summit.

Note: Iron, Condor and Fox as a single hike is 14+ miles and about 4200' gain


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
Gain: 3800'
Time: 8-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, May 1974

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of Mt. Gleason Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Sunland, drive north on Mount Gleason, which becomes Big Tujunga Canyon Road, about 5 miles to Upper Trail Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
  • Follow this road to a large parking area and a locked gate. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area, hike up Trail Canyon Trail (13W03) 5 miles and 3000' gain, passing Tom Lucas Campground, to where the trail meets the Condor Peak Trail between Iron Mountain #2 and Condor Peak.
  • Turn right and follow the Condor Peak Trail to the saddle east of Condor Peak.
  • From here, follow a use trail up the ridge up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 4000' (adds 800' to Fox Mountain #2)
Time: 9-10 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, May 1974

DRIVING ROUTE 3

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • See the Fox Mountain #2 guide.
  • From the saddle just north of Fox Mountain #2, follow the ridge to the northwest along fire road 13W05 to the saddle just east of Condor Peak.
  • From here, follow a use trail up the ridge up to the summit.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 11-February-2006
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