This hike takes you through some of the most beautiful country of the San Gabriel Mountains. Starting at Buckhorn Campground, the trail descends through a forest of pine, fir and cedar, with alders along nearby Buckhorn Creek. A short distance down, the trail passes through a small thicket of wild rose bushes at the edge of a muddy patch kept wet by a small spring. In spring and summer, you may see a few dainty rose blooms. During June and July, exotic blooms of Lemon Lily may be seen near streams in this area. Many birds, including Red-shafted Flickers, are seen in this area.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
Follow Angeles Crest Highway to Buckhorn Campground, about 8 miles past Chilao. Park in the hiker’s parking lot at the end of a side road to the right about halfway down through the campground. Don’t park in any of the campsite spurs. The trail is easily found on the left side of Buckhorn Creek, at the north end of the trailhead parking. If you are not camping at Buckhorn Campground, a National Forest Adventure Pass is required for vehicles parked at the Trailhead.
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