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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: 16.8 miles round trip
- Gain: 3924' total, 3153' out plus 771' on return
- Time: 9 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Easy
- Route: Trail and fire road
Original: Ted Lubeshkoff, January 2010
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take CA 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) to Agua Dulce. Exit Agua
Dulce Canyon Road, and go north. Reset odometer and continue as follows:
- 1.8 miles stop sign. Turn left to continue on Agua Dulce Canyon Road
and pass through the town of Agua Dulce.
- 4.2 miles, stop sign at Sierra Highway, turn left.
- 4.3 miles, turn immediately right onto Mint Canyon Road.
- 4.5 miles, Peterson Road. Make a U-turn and park on Mint Canyon Road.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- From the parking area (2750'), walk north on Peterson Road for 200 yards to a dirt road on right with Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) emblem on a post.
- Turn right on this dirt road and follow it for 0.5 mile to where a trail, with a PCT post, takes off to the left, turn here.
- Continue north for 5 miles to the Sierra Pelona Ridge Road (4500'). Turn right.
- In 0.5 mile, the PCT takes off to the left. This is where the trail comes in from Route 1. Continue straight on the road.
- Follow the fire road for 2.38 miles to where
it intersects with a road coming in on the left (north) at about elevation
4887' (this is the road coming in from Route 2). Keep straight and hike
0.68 mile 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 dirt road on the ridge divides and recombines several times.
If you prefer the lower angle option, stay left (north) for the first
three and right (south) for the last two.