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Location: Los Angeles County, about 14 miles north-northeast of Pasadena, 34 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Chilao Flat 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Iron Mountain #3, Round Top, Granite Mountain #1
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 6.25 mile round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 1800'
- Time: 3 hour round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Easy
Original: Charlie Knapke, December 1996
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2),
drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest
Highway. Turn left (north).
- Go 9.9 miles to the entrance to Monte Cristo Campground on the right.
Paid parking is available inside the campground at campsites (they no longer
have a day use lot), or park outside the campground on SR2 at no charge. Off highway
parking is available just north of the entrance, or approximately 1/8 mile south.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- Immediately left just inside the campground take dirt road 2N23 just past the gate.
- Go about 1.6 miles to a fork with 4N18 past the Black Cargo Mine, and as you approach
the Monte Cristo Mine. Stay left as you switchback up hill toward Rabbit Peak.
- Continue on this road for 1.05 miles, past a power line tower, to a prominent gully. Leave
the road here.
- From the bottom of the gully (4700'), contour south along a steep
slope for about 50 meters, then ascend to meet Rabbit's south
ridge at about the 4800' contour. Various use trails from the road access the ridge.
- Hike up the old firebreak about 1/3 mile to the summit.
Note: This route was previously a partial drive-up, until the gate was locked and closed
to vehicles. 1 3/4 miles longer than Route 2, it avoids a steep cross-country ridge by staying on