USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Los Angeles County, about 15 miles east of Palmdale, 60 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Sleepy Valley 7½|
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- Distance: 6.7 miles round trip
- Gain: 1500'
- Time: 3 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Easy
- Route: Road and trail
Original: Mars Bonfire, March 2009
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Take CA 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) to Palmdale. Exit onto
Palmdale Blvd. East. Turn left and go west.
- Continue 8.3 miles (Palmdale Blvd will become Elizabeth Lake Road)
to the junction with Bouquet Canyon Road. Turn left (south).
- In 3.3 miles, a vague summit known locally as Lincoln Crest. A gated
dirt road is on the left, and an "Angeles Forest" sign on the right.
Park where safe on the wide shoulder of Bouquet Canyon Road.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area, hike south up the dirt road.
- Soon after
passing the gate, the road forks with the right branch heading away
from the power lines. Stay left.
- About a mile in, the road forks under the power lines, and
rejoins. About five minutes after that (if you're hiking slowly),
the road bends left and goes vaguely downhill. An unsigned trail
leaves the road on the right. Take the trail.
- Follow the trail for a mile or so until it intersects a dirt
road at a switchback. Note your location for the return.
Turn right onto the road.
- This road eventually (1/4 mile) intersects the fire road that follows the ridge.
(This is the fire road in Route 1.)
Turn left (east) on the fire road.
- Follow the fire road for .68 miles further to the summit.
- There are four bumps of similar elevation in the summit area.
The first has a "Mint" benchmark; the second is the summit of McDill.
The trail heads for Route 1 and Route 2 are only a mile apart,
allowing for a simple car shuttle or a nice loop hike.