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    17.4 km
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    Manzanita Ridge via Mount Wilson Trail


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    The Manzanita Ridge via Mount Wilson Trail is a tough hike through the rugged terrain of Angeles National Forest that will produce some beautiful views across the undulating landscape. While out hiking the trail, you will steadily climb into the mountains past Jones Peak and Lookout Point, before pushing up to the crest of Manzanita Ridge. Make sure your adventure pass is visible in your vehicle prior to setting out on your hike.

    Route Description for Manzanita Ridge via Mount Wilson Trail

    If you are after a long and rugged adventure near Los Angeles that offers a good challenge and wonderfully scenic views across the Angeles National Forest, then the Manzanita Ridge via Mount Wilson Trail is a great option to explore.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will leave the city behind and begin working your way uphill through the undulating terrain of the mountains, passing by the nearby summits of Jones Peak on your left and Lookout Point on your right.

    After skirting around the base of Mount Yale and Mount Harvard, you will push uphill to the top of Manzanita Ridge for some incredible views. After a quick rest, simply retrace your steps along the trail to return to your starting point.

    Getting to the Manzanita Ridge via Mount Wilson Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for this hike can be found along Mt Wilson Trail, just north of Lizzie’s Trail Inn in Sierra Madre, California.

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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