Slide Mountain Lookout

Angeles National Forest, CA

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Distance10.9 mi
Elevation gain2,600 ft
Route typeOut & back
Duration3.5 h
CruxClass 1
Quality5/10

Peaks bagged

1
Slide Mountain Lookout(LPC)4,631 ft / Prom. 631 ft

LPC — Lower Peaks Committee

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Golden State Highway is closed-off at Frenchman's Flat Day Use Area. From here, it's 1.7 miles of road walking through Piru Gorge to the start of the Slide Mountain Trail.
Crossing Piru Creek.
Slide Mountain comes into view on the left.
Slide Mountain Trail.
Looking back.
The trail cuts through the chaparral.
Slide Mountain ahead.
Another look back. Pyramid Dam is visible on the left.
After about a mile, the trail reduces to singletrack.
Making a long switchback to gain the ridge.
Arriving at the ridge. On the left, a lookout with great views into the Sespe Wilderness.
From the lookout, closeup on the snow-covered Cobblestone Mountain to the west.
Following the ridge.
The trail alternates between the south and north side of the ridge.
Looking back.
Set of short switchbacks to regain the ridge crest.
On the north side, view of Pyramid Lake.
Looking back along the ridge.
The trail spirals up the peak in a clockwise fashion.
First glimpse of the lookout from the south.
Slide Mountain Lookout. It was vacant at the time. The rooftop can be accessed via a staircase then ladder.
From the rooftop, view northwest toward White Mountain. In the distance are Cobblestone Mountain (left) and Frazier Mountain (right).
View north toward Pyramid Lake.
View south.

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