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Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles south of Pearblossom, 49 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Angeles National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Juniper Hills 7½, Waterman Mountain 7½, Valyermo 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Will Thrall Peak, Pallett Mountain, Mount Williamson
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 13.5 miles round trip on trail
- Gain: 3600' total, 2600' out plus 1000' on return
- Time: 6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Easy
Original: Bernie Petitjean, March 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. Keep straight.
- Continue about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road
at the Red Box Ranger Station. Keep straight.
- Continue 20 miles to the entrance to Buckhorn Campground on the left.
- Go right, then left at the next two forks, then follow the signs "Burkhart
Trail" to a large parking area.
- If the campground entrance is locked, drive SR 2 another 0.8 mile
to the campground exit. Park beside the entrance, and hike down the
entrance road to the same parking area.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (6440'), hike north down the Burkhart Trail
(10W02) about 2 miles to where the Cooper Canyon Trail comes in from the
- Follow the combined trails upstream (east) 1/3 mile and cross the
creek (5600') and proceed 100' to a trail junction with the
Rattlesnake Trail (signed).
- Follow this trail upstream to the north and continue on to Burkhart
- Hike west up a steep use trail to the summit of
Will Thrall Peak.
- Continue northwest along the ridge to a saddle.
- Then follow the trail on the south slope of the ridge to a point
where the trail is only 20' below the ridge; here climb up to the ridge
and follow it to the summit.
- On the return to Burkhart Saddle, you will
find a use trail which skirts Will Thrall Peak
on the south, starting at the saddle between the peaks (This use trail
has deteriorated and may be difficult to find and use).