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14K

Kratka Ridge

7515'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 14 miles north of Azusa, 51 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoWaterman Mountain 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 4.4 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)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 1 1/2 miles round trip on road and use trail
Gain: 700'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Bob Thompson

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 22 miles farther on Angeles Crest Highway to the Vista Picnic Ground on the right (south). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6800'), hike south through the picnic ground about 200 yards to the ridge.
  • Turn west, picking up an old logging road along the north side of the ridge.
  • Continue about 1/2 mile to a shallow saddle with a rocky prominence on the right.
  • Turn left here and follow a use trail directly up the slope, then follow an old dirt roadbed around to the right to the top of the ski lift.
  • Directly behind the ski lift, climb the ridge about 200 yards, past a picnic table, to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 965'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Bob Thompson

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 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. Keep straight.
  • Continue 20.9 miles farther on Angeles Crest Highway to the exit from Buckhorn Campground. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (6550'), cross the highway and hike east up the ridge, passing elevation 7420' on the left, to the summit.

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