Friday, May 11, 2012

Mt. Deception

For the first time in a very long time I was so distracted by the steepness of the trail to Mt. Deception I completely forgot to take pictures! I only took 3 once we were at the top.

May 7, 2012

Nearby City:
La Canada Flintridge

Driving Directions:
View of Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak
From the 210 West Freeway take the exit for the CA-2/ Angeles Crest Highway toward La Canada Flintridge. At the intersection turn Right onto CA-2 E/ Angeles Crest Hwy. Follow road for 13.8 miles, turn right at Red Box and Mt. Wilson Rd. There is a large paved parking lot with bathrooms and a small museum. Take the road through the parking lot toward Mt. Wilson, in a very short distance turn right at the first turn off and drive up to the dirt parking area facing the small road you were just on. Adventure Pass is needed to park.

Sunrise to sunset

Strenuous- Difficult

Don't let the slight incline of the paved road fool you, once on the trail leading up to the top of Mt. Deception the trail goes UP! The trail is a little difficult to follow at times and coming back down is very slow going, Staying on the rocks and roots sticking out of the ground to keep us from sliding down the mountain.

Trailhead- 4760'
Mt. Deception- 5796'
Total Gain- 1,100'
Mt. Disappointment- 5994'
San Gabriel Peak- 6161'

Year around- This trail is very exposed due to fire damage so make sure to wear a hat and sunscreen during the summer months.
At the top of Mt. Deception, nothing really to look at.

Gear Needed:
Day pack with water bladder 
Trekking pole- Helps to keep balance while descending Mt. Deception.
Lunch- If you do more than one trail you will want to bring a snack or lunch.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An Adventure pass is needed to park. There is a gas station at the exit from the freeway, they can be bought there or next door at REI.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had no service at both parking lots but some on each peak I had a few bars and I was able to send a text.

Mt. Deception- 4.75 miles round trip
Mt. Disappointment- 3.4 miles round trip
San Gabriel Peak- 4.5 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is hard to spot along the paved fire road and once found its no easy feat getting to the top. The trail is a little difficult to follow in spots and there is no defined peak to know you are there. The climb to the top is not easy as the trail is very steep making it difficult for us on our way back down.

Trail Directions:
From the dirt parking lot there are two ways to Mt. Deception. Going passed the gate and up the paved fire road is the most direct rout there. Another option is to take the dirt trail marked by an orange sign up to the paved road just before the junction for Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak.

Taking the paved fire road to Mt. Deception-
From the dirt parking area head past the gate and up the paved road for about 2 miles. Upon reaching 2 miles from the start keep an eye to the right of the road for a faint trail leading up the side of a mountain. Take this trail slow as you climb, eventually the trial flattens, continue on a short distance this is not the summit. Once at the top enjoy the views and head back the way you came or continue up the paved road to Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak.
Taking the dirt trail-
Trail directions for this trail can be found on a previous post. Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak. After hiking to both Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak head back to the junction between the two mountains. Head down the paved road back towards where the dirt trail meets the paved road, from there continue on down the paved road for 0.6 miles to were a hard to spot dirt trail heads up the side of a mountain. For directions for this section of the trail view the paragraph above.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bikes
Sierra Club 100 Peaks

Facebook Page (Photos)
YouTube (Videos)
Angeles National Forest Website

Jessie's Thoughts:
If you decide to combine the Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak trails with Mt. Deception this is a great hike! Going from easy hiking to Mt. Disappointment, a moderate hike over to San Gabriel Peak, and then a challenging climb up to Mt. Deception. These three trails combined are one of the best loops I have completed in the Angeles National Forest. I highly recommend these three mountains either as a short easy hike with the family to Mt. Disappointment or a difficult climb to Mt. Deception, this is a must do hike for all.


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