BLUE RIDGE TRAIL

Blue Ridge trail is a 2 mile out and back trail in the unincorporated town of Big Pines in California.  It borders the city of Wrightwood, Ca.

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The trailhead is just east of the parking area next to the restrooms.  Look for the trail sign and start you trek through a pine and oak covered trail.

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The trail takes you up to The blue Ridge Campground.  You can turn around here for a 4 mile hike or you can continue past the Campground and to the left and pick up the PCT. From here you you continue about 2.5 – 3  miles and you will end up on the exposed part of Blue Ridge and be reward with excellent views.

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Pine Mountain (left) and Mt Baldy(rt)

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A happy hiker on the Blue Ridge

Once you hit Guffy Campground you can turn around and take the road back for a change of scenery back to the Blue Ridge Campground or you can go back via the PCT to the Blue Ridge CG. This will make it a 10 mile hike.

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View of Mojave Desert

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Mt Baden Powell viewed from Blue Ridge

● 4 -10 mile hike
● Beautiful Views
● Dog friendly
●Mostly shaded except on Road
   bring sunscreen and a hat.

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BRISTLECONE TRAIL – MT CHARLESTON

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The Sisters and Lee Canyon

The Bristlecone Trail is located at the end of Lee Canyon in the Mt Charleston area of the Spring Mountains in Southern Nevada. The trail is around 5 miles long and can be done as a loop (with less than mile section of road.)

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  There are 2 trailheads Upper Bristlecone and Lower Bristlecone. The lower trail takes you up an old road and is pretty much exposed for 3 miles until you get to the Bonanza Trail Junction.  Continue on the Bristlecone trail for the remaining 2 mile hike downhill to the Upper Bristlecone Trailhead.

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Quaking Aspen

The hike can be done in any direction.  If you are starting early I would suggest doing it from the lower section first to get the exposed part out of the way.

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Upper Bristlecone Trailhead

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Quaking Aspen

Bristlecone pines, Ponderosa pines and Quaking Aspen can be found along the trail.

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Mt. Baldy- Ski Hut-Devils Backbone Loop

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Mt Baldy is the highest mountain in the Los Angeles area and  is a very popular hike amongst the hiking community. I’ve had the pleasure of summiting this mountain 6 times and the view is just as breathtaking as the first time.

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Ski Hut from the trail

The Ski Hut Trail begins about .6 miles up Falls Rd passing San Antonio Falls. There used to be a sign marking the obscure trail but that has since be removed. So keep by our eyes open as this trail is easy to miss. It is on the left hand side.

The Ski Hut marks the halfway point to the summit. This is a great place to stop have a snack and if you’re lucky you might even spot some wildlife.

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Deer grazing just below the Ski Hut

From here you will cross the Baldy Bowl, do a little boulder scrambling and then back into the pine forest to continue the ascend to the summit. 

Once at the summit if you look in a Southeastern direction you will the the Devils Backbone Trail. Views from this trail are amazing!

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Devils Backbone viewed fromnthe Summit

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Take this trail down to the Baldy Notch (Ski lifts) from there you can either take the ski lifts down (if they’re running) or take the road down which is directly behind the restaurant. The road will take you back down and pass up the waterfall and leave you back at your car.

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***BE SURE TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN HIKING ON THE DEVILS BACKBONE TRAIL. I DO NOT RECOMMEND HIKING THIS TRAIL AFTER SNOW FALL. PEOPLE DIE ON THIS TRAIL JUST ABOUT EVERY YEAR***

• 11.3 MILE LOOP
• HIKING POLES RECOMMENDED
• AMAZING VIEWS
• 3‚900 FT OF GAIN
• 7-9 HRS TO COMPLETE
• ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED

Mile Mile and a Half Movie Screening

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http://www.tugg.com/events/5189

Mile…Mile & A Half in Orange, CA on Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm

Trying to get enough people  signed up to get this awesome movie brought to OC for us to enjoy.

Please spread the word!

The Wally Waldron Tree

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The Wally Waldron tree is  one of the oldest trees in the San Gabriel Mountains  estimated to be older than 1,500 years.
  It is named after Wally Waldron who was a member of the executive board of the LA area council of the Boy Scouts. 
  The tree is at the junction with the PCT and the trail that leads up to the summit of Mt. Baden Powell.

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The Wally Waldron Tree viewed from the PCT

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