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10D

Bare Mountain

6388'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles south of Littlerock, 46 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Juniper Hills 7½ Waterman Mountain 7½, Pacifico Mountain 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Pacifico Mountain, Mount Hillyer

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail, cross-country, and firebreak
Gain: 2600' total, 1800' out plus 800' on return
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Route: Two large ridgeline dips to cross going and returning

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, March 1999

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 28.2 miles to Sulphur Springs Road on the left. At this junction (also known as Three Points) turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.8 miles, a parking area on the left side of the road. This is the parking spot for Mount Hillyer. Continue straight.
  • At 3.9 miles, Alder Saddle and a fork. This is the turnoff for Pacifico Mountain. Go right on 5N04.
  • At 4.9 miles, a parking area on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5380'), walk back on the road about 100 yards to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Take the PCT west for about 1/8 mile to the beginning of a shallow saddle.
  • Just before the shallow saddle, leave the trail and head north, crossing a gully and meeting a ridge.
  • Hike north up the ridge to its top at bump 6168', marked by a large triangular marker post.
  • From bump 6168' turn northeast and follow a firebreak over several bumps until you reach the main north-south Bare Mountain firebreak, marked by another large triangular marker post.
  • Turn north on the main ridge until you reach the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 5 miles round trip on road and firebreak
Gain: 1800' total, 1400' out plus 400' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 28.2 miles to Sulphur Springs Road on the left. At this junction (also known as Three Points) turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.8 miles, a parking area on the left side of the road. This is the parking spot for Mount Hillyer. Continue straight.
  • At 3.9 miles, Alder Saddle and a fork. This is the turnoff for Pacifico Mountain. Go right on 5N04.
  • At 5.0 miles, a parking area on the right. Park here. This parking area is just after the turnoff to Sulphur Spring, misspelled "Sulpher Springs" by USFS, and just before the Forest Service gate closure.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (5380'), walk past the uphill gate over a ridge and then gently downhill about 5/8 mile. The downhill gate (which may be open) leads to the Sulphur Springs Campground.
  • As you reach the downhill section of the road, a well defined firebreak can be seen straight ahead on the ridge.
  • At the 5/8 mile point, at a small hollow (with a berm on the left topped with large rocks), take the use trail on the left (NE) over the debris from the old firing range.
  • Pass a well ventilated water heater, a small wash, and choose your own route up hill to the previously observed fire break.
  • Continue NNW then N on the fire break until you reach the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Travel to Bare Mountain from Little Rock Creek is not recommended due to endangered species habitat considerations.

The area is popular with deer hunters. The season begins the 2nd Saturday in October and runs for 30 days.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 3-May-2013
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