2014 - Jan 8-11 » Mooney, Kratka, Twin Peaks, Waterman, Lewis, Circle, more...

After a contract job on the east coast was delayed a week, I found myself with nothing to do, and ended up spending 4 days in the San Gabriel mountains picking off HPS peaks. None of the peaks were very challenging on their own, but collectively they contributed to me being a bit sore by the time the trip was over. My unplanned itinerary...

 

Wednesday - arrive to the start of my first hike around 4pm, hike Mooney and Vetter mountains.

 

Thursday - late start, hike Winston Peak, Winston Ridge, Akawie, Kratka Ridge (spooky abandoned ski lift), Twin Peaks, Mt. Waterman - froze my butt off coming back in the dark on that last one, the temp gauge in my truck said it was 39F when I arrived at @6pm. Watched Young Guns on my laptop before falling asleep.

 

Friday - sleep in, hike Mt. Lewis (started at 11am), Mt. Islip, Pinyon Ridge (trespassed here - didn't do the research ahead of time for a better route). Watched Young Guns 2 in my truck before crashing out.

 

Saturday - Meet up with long time friend Tom Waggoner, hike Circle Mountain (excellent views!), and Gobbler's Knob.

 

Total mileage/gain estimate for the 4 days -40 miles/13000 feet. The San Gabriel range isn't normally my favorite of local ranges to visit, but I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Many more peaks give me a reason to come back, a few times, at least...

 

Circle (1)
Circle (3)
GobblersKnob (1)
GobblersKnob (3)
Kratka (4)
Kratka (5)
Kratka (6)
Mooney
Vetter (2)
Vetter (3)
Vetter (4)
Waterman (2)