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14L

Copter Ridge

7499'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 15 miles north-northeast of Glendora, 56 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Crystal Lake 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Mount Hawkins, Throop Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 9 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3450' total, 1850' out plus 1600' on return
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Bill T. Russell, December 1992

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), go north on Angeles Crest Highway for 41.6 miles to a parking area on the right just before a gated dirt road at mile marker 66.37. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (7240'), note 3 gullies on the south side of the highway. The large center gully has a vertical culvert pipe at the bottom. On the left side of the gully there is an obvious use trail.
  • Hike up this use trail, bearing about 210° 1/4 mile to Windy Gap (7588').
  • Continue east on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for 1.5 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turnoff for Middle Hawkins and South Mount Hawkins (LO).
  • Take the left (east) fork, the PCT, up past bump 8800'+ and on to where the trail arrives on the ridge northeast of the summit. Here there is a fork to the southwest along the ridge. This is the turnoff for Throop Peak.
  • Turn right and follow this trail up to the summit of Mount Hawkins.
  • From here, hike southeast down the slope, picking up a use trail which descends the ridge. Follow it down to about 8350' where the ridge splits.
  • Take the right ridge (southeast) and continue following the use trail down to a shallow saddle at 7400'- and up about 150' to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 9.6 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3000' total, 1300' out plus 1700' on return
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Bill T. Russell, December 1992

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway, drive north on Angeles Crest Highway for about 44.8 miles to a parking area just past Dawson Saddle. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (7920'), cross to the south side of the road to where trail begins. Hike up this trail to a trail junction northeast of Throop Peak.
  • Turn right and follow the trail about a mile to the saddle northeast of Mount Hawkins. Here there is a prominent use trail branching to the left along the ridge.
  • Turn left and follow this use trail up to the summit of Mount Hawkins.
  • From here, hike southeast down the slope, picking up a use trail that descends the ridge. Follow it down to about 8350' where the ridge splits.
  • Take the right ridge (southeast) and continue following the use trail down to a shallow saddle at 7400'- and up about 150' to the summit.

NOTE

Hiking over the summit of Throop Peak via its northwest trending ridge shortens the distance and time while adding about 400' of gain round trip.


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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 22-December-2005
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