View from Hawkins Ridge, Pigeon Ridge Ascent, Group Hike, San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, TRVRS Outdoors

Our next group hike is happening on Saturday, February 26th, 2022


This incredible ridge line ascent boasts 6,000 feet in five miles. Its difficulty is only matched by its incredible panoramic views of the North Fork San Gabriel River and beyond. While its views are not to be missed, hikers will need to maintain focus on the ascent as Pigeon Ridge is made up of mostly loose dirt, degraded granite, and sharp brush. The only relief is near the 7,000 foot mark, where the hiker will trade chaparral for tall pines. One would be remiss to neglect a long break at the summit of South Mount Hawkins, but to be honest, the entire ascent up to this point is the real treat. See you out there! 


After a mile of easy walking, we will make a sharp left turn to catch the ridge. This is where the "fun" begins as we ascend a steep three mile ridge with 4,000 feet of vertical gain. While the majority of this is a wide open fire break, it is long overdue for some maintenance and keeping your footing will require some skill. 

At the 7,000 foot mark, we'll have made it to Hawkins Ridge, where we'll leave behind the bulk of our woes. Steep chossy chaparral riddled dirt will be replaced with stable well packed ground and sporadic tall pines for the remainder of our ascent toward South Mount Hawkins. While we'll have taken several breaks to allow our friends to catch up, this will be where we take our packs off for a bite to eat and a beer. 

Finally, we'll descend South Hawkins road (FR 3N07.2), toward Crystal Lake Campground where well will find our shuttle vehicles. All in all, a great day out in the woods with some good friends. 




Terrain: Steep and crumbly Class 2 route with lots of brush. No trail for the majority of the ascent. Everything past the summit is a very easy fire road descent.
Exposure: No shade until we reach Hawkins Ridge. Sporadic pines after.
Difficulty: Intermediate (relative to most average hikers, we tend to attract the faster of the bunch)
Dog Friendly: Woof Woof!
Distance: 10.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 6200 feet
Date: Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Time: 7:00AM
Duration: About 7-8 hours. Plan to be on the trail all day.
Meeting Location: Pigeon Ridge Fire Road (34.28126, -117.83867)

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