South Mt. Hawkins via Pigeon Ridge
More steep sections than Iron Mt. Imagine the fun!
10.5 miles, 5200 ft gain
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Since I’ll be moving up to the Bay Area soon, this was my last time organizing a hike in SoCal (at least for a while). I wanted to do something new that had a few of the special characteristics of the San Gabriels – steep and exposed. Pigeon ridge certainly delivered that!
20 people showed up for this little trek. We parked just off the 39 at the beginning of the fire road and headed up.
After ~ 1 mile near Chamisal Mesa, the road turns east, and we hopped off onto a use trail that quickly becomes a wide and clear firebreak up Pigeon Ridge.
This ridge offers a great workout – a combination of very steep sections with some flat sections to get a bit of a break. Even with the flat sections, Pigeon ridge gives 4000 ft of ascent in ~3.4 miles.
This is a very easy route to navigate. Once you intersect the S Hawkins – Rattlesnake ridge, turn left (north) and keep up the ridge to the summit.
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