Distance: 5ish miles
Time: about 2 hours

Elevation gain: not much
Difficulty: easy for both fitness and terrain
Drive: 30 minutes (25 miles) from old town Pasadena, north on the 210, then 7 miles up Little Tujunga Canyon Road, till you see the gate for the fire road on your right

We’ve come up here twice, once for a quick pre-dark stroll, once for a slightly longer walk with brunch picnic with our companion Simon. Near the western end of the Angeles National Forest, it’s a bleak fire-ruined area, strikingly vast and empty with a long high ridge to the north and dense layers of clustered peaks across to Mount Gleason to the east.

Other hiking sites cover a longer hike from our starting point to Mendenhall Peak (see Iron Hiker’s 7.7 mile trip here, or a much longer one as far as McKinley Mountain via Iron Saddle (see the 22 mile version from SmugMug here) but even on our less brief, not-dark occasion we didn’t have much time to play with, so we simply set off from Dillon Divide, followed the fire road a couple of miles to Highline Saddle, and then took a right off the fire road and doubled back west along a narrow path (with a brief scree section) to find a picnic spot with views out over the San Fernando Valley, before retracing our steps.

Sorry these notes aren’t better; we recorded pretty much nothing on either occasion! Maybe we’ll go back some day and make a note of the actual time, distance, and elevation… Meanwhile here are some photos from the two outings.

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An adventurer setting off from Dillon Divide on his rollerblades with homemade braking mechanism — we forgot to ask his name, but his craziness was delightful.

 

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Looking out northwest from the fire road

 

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Clouds gathering to the north

 

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The intrepid explorer

 

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Still intrepid

 

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The light failing, the camera not quite capturing the strangeness of the blue

 

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And time to go home

 

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Poor trees

 

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Back the way we came

 

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Pre-brunch scree

 

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The new view over the Valley

 

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Another intrepid prospector

 

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