|Josephine Peak Fire Road - La Canada Trailhead - Monday, December 09, 2013|
|Josephine Peak Fire Road - La Canada - Los Angeles County|
From the 210 freeway in La Canada, exit north on Angelus Crest Highway and follow it for roughly 11 miles to the Clear Creek Junction (where Angelus Forest Highway forks left to Palmdale). Park at the Ranger Station or in the dirt formed by the Y of the intersection. The fire road begins on the northwest arm of the Y, marked by an iron gate. The fire road climbs steadily for 2.5 miles to the saddle between Josephine and Strawberry Peak. As scruffy and brushy as the place first appears, it's actually a pleasant if tiring ride. A single track leads right toward Strawberry but you'll stick to the fire road that climbs to the left up the shaded, north side of Josephine--a nice woodsy feel. After 4 miles and 1900-2000' of climbing, you'll hit the top. Dismount and hike the 30 yards to the top. The site of a former lookout, the views are great, especially on a clear day--Downtown, Century City and the mighty Pacific. Not bad. A decent workout for those who don't want to schlep too far into the Angelus. Non-technical but too much of a grunt for softies. Thomas Guide page 505
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