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13E

Pallett Mountain

7760'+

Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles south of Pearblossom, 49 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS ToposJuniper Hills 7½, Waterman Mountain 7½, Valyermo 7½, Crystal Lake 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.5 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: Pleasant View Ridge, Will Thrall Peak, Mount Williamson

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 12.5 miles round trip on trail and steep use trail
Gain: 3300' total, 2300' out plus 1000' on return
Time: 6-7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

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 33.5 miles to the entrance to Buckhorn Campground on the left. Turn left.
  • Proceed down the entrance road and then turn 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 road, which intersects SR 2 at a sharp angle to the left. Park beside the exit road and hike down through the campground to the signed trailhead. This adds 1 mile and 200' gain to the round trip.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6460'), hike north down the Burkhart Trail (10W02) about 2 miles to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Cooper Canyon Falls.
  • Turn right (east) on the PCT, crossing Little Rock Creek (5600') in about 0.3 mile, and then proceed 100' farther to a trail junction with the Rattlesnake Trail (signed). Turn left onto the Burkhart Trail.
  • Follow this trail north over occasionally loose slopes for 3.2 miles to Burkhart Saddle (6959').
  • Hike about 0.5 mile east up a steep use trail to the summit. (Will Thrall Peak can be reached by turning west at Burkhart Saddle and climbing a steep use trail about 1/2 mile to the summit.)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 15.5 miles round trip on trail and steep use trail
Gain: 4600' total, 3800' out plus 800' on return
Time: 7-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Charlie Knapke, September 1996

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) northeast toward Palmdale. Get off at the Angeles Forest Highway/Pearblossom Highway.
  • Go 4.5 miles northeast and then east on Pearblossom Highway to the intersection with SR 138.
  • Turn right and drive 9 miles to Longview Road (N6) (shown as 131st Street on the 7.5 minute topos) in the town of Pearblossom, where a sign "Devils Punchbowl" points to the right. Turn right (south) onto N6. Note your odometer and proceed as follows:
  • At 2.0 miles, junction with Fort Tejon Road. Turn left.
  • At 2.5 miles, junction with Longview Road (N6) (shown as 13st Street on the 7.5 minute topos). Turn right.
  • At 4.5 miles, signed junction marked "Lewis Ranch" and "Devils Punchbowl" on the left. Turn left.
  • Drive 3 miles farther to a parking lot at the end of the road at the Devil's Punchbowl Nature Center. Park in the parking lot. (At the time of this revision, there is no fee.)

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From your parking spot (4760'), walk to the signed beginning of the Burkhart Trail next to the portable toilet.
  • Proceed onto the trail, which swings southwest past a large, green water tank to a trail junction at about 0.7 mile.
  • Take the right (west) fork, which reads "Burkhart Saddle 6.2 miles".
  • After 2 miles the trail descends steeply to a junction with a dirt road. Turn left (south) on this road, signed "Burkhart Saddle 3.7 miles".
  • The road passes a windmill high above Cruthers Creek and then descends into the canyon, where you follow a wide trail alignment that heads uphill on the right immediately after crossing the creekbed (4600').
  • Ascend the trail for 3.4 miles to Burkhart Saddle (6959').
  • Hike about 0.5 mile east up a steep use trail to the summit. (Will Thrall Peak can be reached by turning west at Burkhart Saddle and climbing a steep use trail about 0.5 mile to the summit.)

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ROUTE 3


From Mount Williamson
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip steep cross-country (9 miles round trip from Mount Williamson trailhead)
Gain: 1000' gain and 1450' loss (4000' gain from Mount Williamson trailhead)
Time: 3-4 hours round trip (6-7 hours round trip from Mount Williamson trailhead)
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Difficult

Original: Bernie Petitjean, March 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 3

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the summit of Mount Williamson, descend the northwest ridge on a use trail.
  • Hike over bumps 8244', 8248', down 300' to a saddle and up 160' to bump 8160'+.
  • Go northwest and then west down to a second saddle at 7280'+ and up 500' to the summit of Pallett Mountain.
  • Return to Mount Williamson.

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