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Ryan S.

Locale: New England
Los Angeles, CA Area on 03/01/2012 20:57:39 MST Print View

Hi all! I'm excited to finally post something on here having just recently joined. Anyway, I am headed out to the California area for the first time this June for 7-9 days. After hiking the New England area for years I'm excited to get out and explore some new territory.

Anyway, I'll be visiting some friends and we're hoping to get in 3-4 days of trips or a short backpacking circuit. Looking to do something in the Angeles National Forest/Sierras/Sequoia/KIngs Canyon area, with a possibility of making the trip to Yosemite. Anyone have any suggestions for some good destinations/backpacking loops?

Thanks everybody!

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
SEKI loops on 03/02/2012 21:49:53 MST Print View

Hi and welcome to BPL.

I am more familiar with the SEKI area than Angeles National Forest. If you are comfortable doing about 15 miles/day there are several amazing 4 day loops in SEKI. Rae Lakes Loop or the North Lake to South Lake loop are both popular and it's easy to get a permit online (right now) now that Inyo permits area available at If you want to start a little closer to home there is a good loop out of Cottonwood/Horseshoe Lakes over New Army Pass, into Miter Basin then back via the PCT. The possibilities are almost endless. If you're interested in more details send me a pm.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Los Angeles, CA Area on 03/03/2012 00:40:59 MST Print View

If you are looking for record breakers or bragging rights, mt San Gorgonio via Vivian trail is a knee punisher about 16 to 20 miles, it's the highest mountain in SOUTHERN calif. Of course mt Whitney being the highest in calif. It's nice, it's green, it's very crowded, it requires a permit, and you will prob get altitude sickness. It's best for 2 days to enjoy the forest and acclimate to altitude. Look it up on

Mt baldy aka San Antonio peak is a requirement for socal hikers.

San jacinto peak is very scenic, permit required.

The tourists like the Griffith park mt Hollywood (sign) area.

Mt Lowe has some historic stuff, and abandoned villa with a train on the summit

Death valley is closer to SEKI, but in June, your car might overheat.

Anza borrego desert, and Joshua tree (yes the U2 song) is pretty cool, kinda hot for June, look up Carrey's Castle.

Malibu has some nice areas point mugu, sycamore canyon.

Santa Monica mountains.

Depends if you looking for scenic, miles, records, peaks, easy going. I'm guessing you want scenery you have not seen on the east coast.

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Los Angeles on 03/03/2012 07:17:27 MST Print View

I live in Los Angeles but I'd recommend you drive north and spend your time in
Yosemite or Kings or Sequoia. I live here and that's where I go when I have a free weekend. Yosemite is 5 to 6 hours away and Sequoia/kings about 4 hours. Whitney is 3 1/2 hours up the road. If there is a lot of snow then I'd head to Golden Trout Wilderness, if there is not a lot of snow this June then just know the mosquito's will probably be out in force.

Ryan S.

Locale: New England
More Details... on 03/11/2012 13:47:35 MDT Print View

Thanks for the input everybody! After talking with the guys I'll be out there with a little bit longer it looks like we're going to be looking to do a 3 day trip to the King's Canyon/Yosemite area in addition to maybe a opne day hike a little bit closer to Los Angeles. Definitely looking more for scenery and a peak or two rather than a crazy amount of mileage. A couple of nice peaks that don't require a permit would be fantastic.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
A couple more suggestions on 03/11/2012 18:24:13 MDT Print View

If you dont mind the heavy trail traffic, look into Mt Wilson, theres an observatory.

And for about 10 mins of walking not even hiking, check out Vasquez Rocks, geological formation, diagonal rocks jagged, used in many movies.

The mt baldy summit aka mt san antonio peak, you can cheat with the ski lift, and hike a short distance to the ridge then summit.

On your way back from sequoia kings, swing by death valley, the hottest place in the US, and Badwater, the lowest place below sea level, not much hiking unless you decide to do the sand dunes, or bag Telescope Peak. No one believes me when i tell them there is an alpine forest on a summit in the middle of the desert.

Most people that come to SoCal, always find themself in Las Vegas (aka Lost Wages) if you end up there and are suffocating from all the casino cigarette smoke, head out to Red Rock or drive up to Mt Charleston (another alpine forest rising from the desert)

Or take a boat ride to santa catalina island. Get out of Avalon to see the wild buffalo. Err American Bison.

Edited by RogerDodger on 03/11/2012 18:25:55 MDT.