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Three Points Ridge Hike

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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  • Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail from Three Points Trailhead en route to ridge.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify by providing feedback) along the Three Points Ridge Trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify by providing feedback) along the Three Points Ridge Trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • View northeast along the Three Points Ridge Trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify by providing feedback) along the Three Points Ridge Trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify by providing feedback) along the Three Points Ridge Trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei) along the unmaintained portion of the ridge trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unmaintained portion of the ridge trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Unmaintained portion of the ridge trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei) along the unmaintained portion of the ridge trail.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • View north from the summit of Three Points Ridge at 6,000 feet.- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • View north into the Mojave Desert from the summit of Three Points Ridge- Three Points Ridge Hike
  • Edwards Air Force Base and Rodgers Lake salt flat in the far distance.- Three Points Ridge Hike
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Pros: 
Quiet and isolated spur trail off of PCT. Panoramic views into Mojave Desert.
Cons: 
Spur trail beyond PCT is unmaintained.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,900.00 ft (1,798.32 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Perhaps one of the most accessible and secluded hikes in the Angeles National Forest, the 1.7-mile one-way hike to the end of Three Points Ridge is a perfect escape from the city.

Roughly an hour-long drive on the Angeles Crest Highway from Glendale will get you to the Three Points Trailhead, a key departure point for the Pacific Crest Trail. From the trailhead you'll venture for 0.9 miles on the PCT, passing through wildfire-scoured brush before you reach the Three Point Ridge spur trail intersection. The spur trail itself isn't officially marked, nor is it maintained, but it can be identified by an open gravel spot used as a campsite by backpackers and more distinctly by simply following the crest of the ridge that jets out due north into the San Gabriel landscape.

Similar to the monzogranitic rock formations of Joshua Tree National Park, the unmaintained spur follows rock piles and iconic Our Lord's candle yuccas to the end of the ridge where it slowly fades away into the chaparral. From the ridge's summit you'll enjoy only the sound of gravel crackling below your feet and wind blowing past this serene spot within the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness. To the north you can peer down into the Mojave Desert toward wind turbine farms and Edwards Air Force Base, located 40 miles to the north and just visible in the far distance.

Before turning back civilization, you'll want to make sure to take a deep breath and embrace the solitude of this magical destination.

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