Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,123.00 ft (951.89 m)
Trail type
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
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Van Tassel Trail to Mount Bliss is a 10-mile out and back through the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains. This challenging hike rewards adventurers with stunning panoramic views, a peaceful journey through natural landscapes, and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching Mount Bliss. This hike is perfect for peak baggers and adventurous hikers looking for a rigorous workout amidst Southern California's rugged beauty.

Your adventure begins at the Van Tassel Trailhead, where the trail immediately immerses you in the chaparral-covered foothills characteristic of the region. The path steadily ascends, challenging even seasoned hikers with its steep inclines and switchbacks.

As you climb higher, the landscape opens up to offer glimpses of the surrounding valleys and peaks. The trail's rugged terrain requires careful footing, especially on loose gravel and rocky sections. Along the way, the diverse flora of the San Gabriel Mountains comes into view, including sagebrush, manzanita, and the occasional wildflower display in the spring.

Reaching Mount Bliss, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views that span across the vast expanse of the Los Angeles basin and beyond. The summit offers a perfect spot for a well-deserved break, where you can soak in the tranquil beauty of the untouched wilderness.


Mount Bliss stands as a notable destination within the Sierra Club's Lower Peaks Section, a list that celebrates the diverse and accessible peaks under 5,000 feet in Southern California. Positioned in the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Bliss commands impressive views and provides a satisfying accomplishment for those aiming to complete the Lower Peaks list. Its inclusion in this esteemed collection underscores the peak's appeal for its scenic vistas, biodiversity, and the engaging journey to its summit, offering an enriching experience that resonates with the ethos of exploration and appreciation promoted by the Sierra Club.

Flora and Fauna:

The trail is home to a variety of plant and animal life. Keep an eye out for deer, coyotes, and an array of bird species, including hawks and eagles that may be seen soaring above. The plant life along the trail changes with elevation, offering a chance to see a wide range of species adapted to the unique microclimates of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Safety and Considerations:

  • The trail is exposed with minimal shade; sunscreen, a hat, and ample water are essential.

  • Be prepared for steep climbs and potentially slippery descents.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Peak Bagging. Scenic Views. Easily Accessible.


Lack of shade.

Trailhead Elevation

669.00 ft (203.91 m)

Highest point

3,702.00 ft (1,128.37 m)


Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California


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