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11A

Josephine Peak

5558'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 10 miles north of Pasadena, 25 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoCondor Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 940K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Strawberry Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1900'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 1969

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 and park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (3648'), walk about 200' north along Angeles Forest Highway to where a dirt road starts up on the right.
  • Turn right and follow this road up to a road fork on the ridge at about 4900'.
  • Turn left and follow the road up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 2100'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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. Keep straight.
  • Continue about 1.0 mile to the Colby Canyon trailhead parking area on the left. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (3500'), hike up the Colby Canyon Trail to where it meets the ridge at a water tank at about 4800'+. This is Josephine Saddle.
  • The Josephine Peak Trail (an abandoned road) begins on the left just past the water tank. Follow this old road west to where it intersects another road at about 4900'.
  • Turn right and follow the road up to the summit.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The peak is named for the daughter of Phil Beque, a ranch owner in the vicinity. There was formerly a lookout on the summit, but it burned in the fire of 1976.

History of Summit Signature

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