Mt Akawie, Cooper Canyon Falls, Winston Ridge & Peak
Back in San Gabriel middle-high country
9 miles, 3200 ft
With the recent opening of a route from Big Tujunga to the ACH, it was a nice chance to finally get back to hiking in what I think is the nicest area of the San Gabriels…middle high country. The area from Chilao & Pacifico and east through Pleasant View Ridge and Waterman to the Hawkins is covered with pine trees and nice granite rocks, better than the crumbly stuff elsewhere.
This time we went for an area north of the ACH that was generally outside of the closure area.
We parked in a turn out just south of Mt Akawie and headed up ~500 ft to its gentle summit that included animal-like rocks
From there, we decided to head toward Cooper Canyon Falls, which I have heard are pretty nice but never visited. We descended down a NE ridge of Akawie until intersecting the trail from Buckhorn, and continued down to Cooper Canyon. The water was flowing nicely and made one needed river crossing a bit of a challenge.
Maybe a 1/4 mile past this we reached the falls which had quite a high volume of water.
On the way back, we wrapped around the NW side of Akawie and couldn’t resist the urge to check out Winston Ridge, and then on the way back from that, we decided to head up to Winston Peak.
The south side of the mountains here had practically no snow, while the north sides held a few feet down to 6000′. We ascended the north side of Winston, avoiding the snow on lower parts and just chugging through the upper portions as the snow was not very hard.
We headed down the south side and walked back a short distance on the ACH to the car. Snowboarders were out in a good number at Wateramn; I was not expecting so much activity there but I guess everyone is trying to get in their last local ski trip for the season.
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