Advanced Hike: Josephine Peak in the San Gabriels

Please join us!

Cost: $5/adventure pass for drivers; picnic lunch self-host


Join us for a hike to the 5800 foot summit of Josephine Peak, one of the crowning jewels of the western San Gabriels. Our hike will reward us with stunning views of the other major peaks of the San Gabriel range, that look down on the lives of 10 million people. On a clear day, we can see from the islands in the Pacific to Palm Springs to the south; toward other major peaks to the east; toward coastal ranges to the west; and across the high desert to the north. We’ll enjoy a self-host victory picnic on the summit as we take in the fantastic views.

Difficulty: High. Participants must be experienced hikers in top physical condition. Not for beginners. We will climb 1800' over a four mile course for an 8 mile round trip. Footing will be easy on a fire road the entire distance.

What to Bring: Dress in layers. Although it is 20 degrees cooler at higher elevations, there is no shade on the fire road, so on a warm day you will want to have shorts and short sleeves underneath. Hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, boots, picnic lunch and two quarts of water required. Optional snack to share.

Where to meet: at the La Canada ride share point, just two blocks north of where the Angeles Crest Highway climbs from the 210 towards the mountains. From the 210 freeway, exit at Highway 2, the Angeles Crest or “Highway to the Stars” and drive uphill toward the mountains. There is an island on the east side of the road where we can park. For navigation, use “Milmada Dr. and Flanders Rd., La Canada Flintridge.”

Special Note: $5 adventure passes required for all drivers. We can stop at the Clear Creek Ranger Station near that trail head to obtain them, or you may obtain one in advance at your local sporting goods store.

Leaders: Shirley Sung, AB’05; Shao-Yi Qian, AB’15; Bill Sullivan, AB ’90

Event Contact
Bill Sullivan, AB'90
818-209-9439 (please only call day of hike only)
Staff Liaison