Mount Bliss


By: Gabriele Rau

Good conditioning hike, 8 miles rt, 3000 ft gain (3,720'),mostly on fireroad. Good views along the way. Winter hike only, summer much too hot, little shade.

Walk up the hill to a boarded-up canyon, trail starts right side. At the Y take either trail: Left through chaparall, right to watertank-road-steps, both trails meet again. Short time up you reach a Helicopter landing site. Few steps beyond there is the Van Tassel Fire Road. Follow this road up, at times steep, many switchbacks. After 1 hour there is a locked gate, continue uphill for another good hour. There comes a fork in the road. Either take the right side, walk up to the power poles and from there take a use trail underneath the powerpoles along the ridge. Or take the left road and then take a small use trail on the right side up a steep slope to the ridge, then to the peak. The peak has a metal stake and a cairn, no trees. Good views

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