Condor Peak Riding and hiking Trail

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The Condor Peak Ridign and hiking Trail is a trail located in California.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 8.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341825N
  • Compass Longitude: 1181154W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.306945
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.1984074
  • Elevation in Meters: 1265
  • Elevation in Feet: 4150

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Mount Lowe Railroad Trail

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The Mount Lowe Railroad Trail is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement: 5.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 34°13'17.4"N
  • Compass Longitude: 118°06'33.7"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2215069
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.1093574
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Silver Moccasin Trail

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The Silver Moccasin Trail is a 53-mile (85 km) trail located in the San Gabriel Mountains, just northeast of Los Angeles. It begins at Chantry Flat Recreation Area above the city of Arcadia, California, traversing upward and down through several canyons and along the high ridges of the Angeles National Forest. This trail connects Mt. Baden-Powell, Mount Burnham, Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins. It comes to its highest point of 9,399 feet (2,865 m) at Mount Baden-Powell after which point it descends to its terminus at Vincent Gap on the Angeles Crest Highway near Wrightwood.

Background

The landscape of the Silver Moccasin Trail varies from lowland chaparral slopes, to oak-lined canyons, to the fir and pine forests of Mt. Baden-Powell, where several Southern California councils of the Boy Scouts of America have placed a monument to their founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

The Silver Moccasin Trail started as a series of Indian trails originally created by the local Native Americans (probably Tongva), but its use was continued by Anglo settlers who either hunted or hiked along its route. In 1942, the Los Angeles Area Council of Boy Scouts established a designated route as the Silver Moccasin Trail, and any Scouts who completed the hike, usually involving several days travel, were qualified to receive the Silver Moccasin Award. Boy Scouts, especially those who are enrolled in “hiking troops,” walk this trail usually as part of a five-day backpack trip.

Alternate starting points, or trailheads, have been established for the SMT more than likely due to overuse or overcrowding at Chantry Flat, which has somewhat reduced the adventuresome attractiveness of the younger, less-traveled version. However, sections of the trail which are only 8 miles (13 km) to 10 miles (16 km) in length while reaching the Baden-Powell summit qualify it as a 20-mile (32 km) (flatland) hike due to gains in elevation which are about 5,000 feet (1,500 m). The Baden-Powell portions of the hike are also beneficial for acclimation to altitudes for beginning hikers who may experience mild altitude sickness between 8,000 feet (2,400 m) and 9,000 feet (2,700 m).

Segments

The following segments are listed from the Chantry Flats starting point to the Vincent Gap terminus and show “via routes” and the one-way mileage:
  • Chantry Flat to West Fork CG via Gabrielino Trail … 9 miles (14 km)
  • West Fork CG to Angeles Crest Hwy via Shortcut Canyon … 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • Angeles Crest Hwy to Chilao Flat through Charlton Flat … 7 miles (11 km)
  • Chilao Flat to Three Points passes Horse Flats CG … 5 miles (8.0 km)
  • Three Points to Cloudburst Summit via Pacific Crest Trail … 4 miles (6.4 km)
  • Cloudburst Summit to Islip Saddle via Pacific Crest Trail … 11 miles (18 km)
  • Islip Saddle to Mt Baden-Powell via Pacific Crest Trail … 10 miles (16 km)
  • Mt Baden-Powell to Vincent Gap via Pacific Crest Trail … 4 miles (6.4 km)

Silver Moccasin Award

To earn the Silver Moccasin Award patch a youth (at least age 12) or adult must:
  • complete one of 3 specified routes: Chantry Flat to Vincent Gap, specific trail near Silliman Crest or Sugarloaf Valley
  • earn 2 weekend awards within 90 days of hike start
  • make a trip along the Silver Moccasin Trail of at least 5 days

The medal is earned by completing the patch, then completing 12 hours of conservation work.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 53 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 34°16'58.6"N
  • Compass Longitude: 118°01'15.8"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2829352
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.0210483
  • Elevation in Meters:
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Allison Trail

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The Allison Trail is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement: 17 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341538N
  • Compass Longitude: 1174316W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.26056
  • Numeric Longitude: -117.7211682
  • Elevation in Meters: 1365
  • Elevation in Feet: 4478

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Dagger Flat Trail

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The Dagger Flat Trail is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement: 2.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 342151N
  • Compass Longitude: 1182055W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.364165
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.3486909
  • Elevation in Meters: 1018
  • Elevation in Feet: 3340

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Mount Wilson Trail

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The Mount Wilson Trail is a trail located in California. It is also known as the Mount Wilson Toll Road.

In 1891 Prof. Thaddeus S. C. Lowe incorporated the Pasadena & Mount Wilson Railroad with the plan of building a scenic mountain railroad to the summit of Mt. Wilson. At the same time land and easement disputes between camp owners Steils and Strain were going on over the public and private use of the Mount Wilson Trail. The courts ruled that the trail was a public thoroughfare and that any blockading would be illegal. At the foot of the mountain, a local contractor Thomas Banbury built a 10-mile (15 km) roadway to be named “The New Mount Wilson Trail,” aka “The Mount Wilson Toll Road.” Passage fare was 25¢ round trip for hikers and 50¢ for horseback.

The Mount Wilson Toll Road (1891–1936) is a historic roadway which ascended Mount Wilson via a vehicular passable road from the base of the foothills in Altadena. It was accessible fromPasadena via Santa Anita Avenue (nowadays the north-south portion of Altadena Drive) which drove right to the front porch of the toll house. The road is still accessible to non-motorized traffic (hikers, bicyclists, and horses) by way of Eaton Canyon (either from the Nature Center entrance, or an access gate on Pinecrest Drive, just off Altadena Drive in Altadena). Segments of it have been closed at various times due to landslides. A 2005 landslide destroyed 50 yards of the road, but it has since been rebuilt and reopened.

Mount Wilson had always been active with human passage starting from the days of the local Native Americans. It was Benjamin Davis Wilson who established a proper trail to the summit of Mt. Wilson from Sierra Madre through the Little Santa Anita Canyon.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 13.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341154N
  • Compass Longitude: 1180315W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.1983381
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.0542346
  • Elevation in Meters: 900
  • Elevation in Feet: 2953

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Stone Canyon Trail

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The Stone Canyon Trail is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement: 4.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341654N
  • Compass Longitude: 1181423W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2816683
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.2397977
  • Elevation in Meters: 1006
  • Elevation in Feet: 3300

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Anza Trail

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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a 1,210-mile (1,950 km) National Park Service unit in the United States National Historic Trail and National Millennium Trail programs. The trail route extends from Nogales on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, through the California desert and coastal areas in Southern California and the Central Coast region to San Francisco.

Modern touring

Along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail route, visitors can experience the varied landscapes similar to those the expedition saw; learn the stories of the expedition’s events, members, and descendants; better understand the Native American diversity of cultures in their homelands and their guidance on the expedition; and appreciate the extent and lasting influences of Spanish colonial settlements in present day Arizona and California. The Trail was designated a National Historic Trail in 1990 and a National Millennium Trail in 1999.

In 2005, Caltrans began posting signs on roads that overlap with the trail route, so that California drivers can now follow the trail.

Designated sights

The National Park Service has developed a printed and online: Brochure Map for driving and guides for auto tours, hiking sections, and designated Historic sights, landmarks, and museums open to the public. Schedules of Anza celebrations and other historic events are on an updated NPS: What to Do-Events Guide. The detailed Anza Trail Maps by County show more points of interest, trailheads, and local lore.

Growing

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail “project” is ever growing as local, state, and NPS efforts establish more trails, signage, and interpretive programs. The Trail is inspiring activities at existing municipal parks, neighborhood greenbelts, regional parks, and large open space preserves. The ever changing opportunities can be discovered and tracked at the official Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail website.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1210 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 332516N
  • Compass Longitude: 1162835W
  • Numeric Latitude: 33.4211437
  • Numeric Longitude: -116.4764041
  • Elevation in Meters: 549
  • Elevation in Feet: 1801

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Dark Canyon Trail

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The Dark Canyon Trail is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 341555N
  • Compass Longitude: 1181215W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2652801
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.2042407
  • Elevation in Meters: 893
  • Elevation in Feet: 2930

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Myrick Cutoff

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The Myrick Cutoff is a trail located in California.

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 344109N
  • Compass Longitude: 1182650W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.685818
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.4473043
  • Elevation in Meters: 1164
  • Elevation in Feet: 3819

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