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.

Snowball FAIL

Related posts:

Cole Point, Mt Emma, & Old Mt Emma
Half Dome
Chantry Flats Loop

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3 Responses to “South Mt. Hawkins via Pigeon Ridge”


Chenendez January 26th, 2011 at 10:19 am

Good stuff. Nice and steep. How much further and gain do you reckon to Baden-Powell?


February 8th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Probably a lot more miles (8ish?) and 2500 ft gain. But instead of pigeon ridge, you should start up from Rattlesnake peak!


Chenendez February 11th, 2011 at 5:17 am

That’s so crazy, it just might be a good idea.

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