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Location: Los Angeles County, about 3 miles north of Altadena, 31 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Mount Wilson 7½, Pasadena 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 630K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
Nearby Peaks: Mount Lowe, San Gabriel Peak, Mount Disappointment
Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 3 miles round trip on road and trail
- Gain: 600'
- Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968
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. Keep straight.
- Continue about 3.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road
at the Red Box Ranger Station. Turn right.
- Drive 2.3 miles to Eaton Saddle. Park on the right. Do not block the
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (5100'), pass the gate and hike up the road,
through a tunnel, about 1/2 mile to Markham Saddle.
This is the turnoff for Mount Disappointment and
San Gabriel Peak.
- The road continues west, but take a trail (12W14) on the left, which
starts at this saddle.
- Follow it to a saddle between Mount Markham and
Mount Lowe. This is the turnoff for
- At this saddle, turn left (northeast)
and follow the ridge up to the summit.
This peak, between Mount Lowe and
San Gabriel Peak, was formerly known as "Square
Top" or "Table Mountain" which is how it appears along
trail 12W16 above Idlehour Campground, or from Mount
Wilson. In the 1890's, at the urging of Professor Lowe and other
leading Pasadena citizens, it was named in honor of Henry H. Markham, a
prominent citizen of Pasadena and Governor of California 1891-1895.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.