Ascent of Rattlesnake Peak on 1995-12-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, December 10, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rattlesnake Peak
    Elevation:5826 ft / 1775 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named for the feared and famous reptile found all over the western U.S. This peak is one of some two hundred features so named in California. The name first appeard on the USGS Southern California Sheet #1 in 1901. (Quirarte) The benchmark "Fang" was placed on the summit in 1930. This was not found in the National Geodetic Survey data.

Located in the Angeles National Forest on the southwestern boundary of the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. No permits are needed for dayhikes, however a $3.00 parking permit is needed at the trailhead on weekends or holidays. Managed by Angeles National Forest, Mt. Baldy District, 10 N. Wabash Ave., Glendora, CA. 91740 Phone: (818) 335-1251

The shortest hiking route is from the south although some climb the peak from the west along a ridge on the south side of Bichota Canyon. To reach the south side trailhead take route 39 (Azuza Ave.) north off 210, the Foothill Freeway, into San Gabriel Canyon. Travel past Morris and San Gabriel Reservoirs on your right to a junction at 11.5 miles where you turn right. Drive 3.2 miles and turn left at a junction onto Shoemaker Road and then continue for another 1.9 miles until the road ends at a parking area and locked gate. All of the roads are paved. Start the hike from here past the locked gate and north on the dirt road. After about 25 minutes walk there is a short filled section over a canyon with a deep cut in a hill up ahead. UTM here is 429680E, 3789880N (NAD27) which is close to the top edge of the Glendora map. At this point go left off the road and up a short, steep use trail on the left (S) side of the canyon to a cut area in about 100 yards. Go right here on an overgrown road past a mangled culvert pipe to another cut in about 200 yards. From here on you will be on the Crystal Lake topo map. Then turn left up a use trail through the brush heading NW up the steep ridge. After about 1/4 mile join another ridge and turn WSW. After reaching a small knoll at 4040 ft. turn NW and follow the use trail on the ridge to point 5030 ft. shown on the map and then turn NE up the final slope to the top. The route is 3.5 miles one-way with a gain of 3500 ft. and takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours for the ascent. Allow about 3 hours to return. 12/95 RLC
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