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12F

Occidental Peak

5732'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 1 1/4 miles north of Mount Wilson, 33 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoMount Wilson 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 3.4 megs
 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: Mount Wilson

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 200'
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), go north on Angeles Crest Highway 14 miles to the junction at Red Box. Turn right on Mount Wilson Road.
  • Go 3.8 miles to a large parking area, mostly barricaded by boulders, on the left side of the road 200' before a driveway into a TV transmitter site. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area, walk across the road. Look for a faint use trail leading up to the start of the transmitter site's fence.
  • The fence can be followed generally westward to the end of the transmitter site, or a more natural use trail that appears to the right and down may be taken.
  • At the end of the transmitter site, cross the helipad and follow a use trail along the ridge to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 840'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Charlie Knapke

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), go north on Angeles Crest Highway 14 miles to the junction at Red Box. Turn right on Mount Wilson Road.
  • Go 2.3 miles to a large parking area on the right side of the road at Eaton Saddle. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area, hike south up the ridge over two small bumps and on to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Do not attempt to park between the two parking areas described in this guide. Do not attempt to climb the steep slope directly below the summit as loose stones may fall down onto the road below.

Note that Route 2 is now overgrown and indistinct. Route 1 is a much easier approach.

HISTORICAL NOTES

This peak is located near the western end of what was formerly known as Knifeblade Ridge. In earlier days it was known as Precipio Peak, since it stood directly above Precipio (later Eaton) Canyon. About 1915, a group of students from Occidental College constructed a trail to the summit from Mount Wilson. In recognition of their efforts, Rush Charlton, then Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest, named the peak for their school.

History of Summit Signature

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