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15B

Smith Mountain

5111'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 10 miles north of Azusa, 42 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

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1800'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: John Linden, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Azusa Avenue (SR 39), drive north on Azusa Avenue about 18.2 miles to a wide paved parking area on the left. Park here. This is about 0.2 mile before the Coldbrook Ranger Station and Campground.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (3280'), a trail starts at the north end of the parking lot.
  • Hike up this trail about 3 miles to a saddle just north of Smith Mountain (4240').
  • There may be a sign here reading "San Gabriel Wilderness".
  • Leave the trail on the left and follow a use trail south along a firebreak up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 5 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1800' total, 700' out plus 1100' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Azusa Avenue (SR 39), drive north on Azusa Avenue to the Crystal Lake entrance.
  • Continue on SR 39 for about 1.2 miles to where a ridge can be seen descending on the left side of the road. Park on the left just past this area.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (5500'), hike past a locked yellow gate, up the road and out along the road to about 50' before the road ends in a turn-around.
  • Look left (possible duck) for a wide trail down and around a narrow rocky ridge and to the firebreak that runs down to the saddle (4240').
  • Take this trail down to the saddle just north of Smith Mountain.
  • From here follow a use trail south along a firebreak up to the summit.

NOTES

Routes 1 and 2 can be combined for an excellent car shuttle trip by hiking south on Route 2 and east on Route 1.

Smith Mountain and its north-south ridgeline form the eastern border of the San Gabriel Wilderness, but no permits are required to hike the peak at this time.

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