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High Desert Trail

Location Angeles National Forest; 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA within two hours driving time. 45 miles northwest of San Bernardino, CA. The trail begins at three separate points near the Angeles Crest Highway #2. These locations are Vincent, In Angeles
State(s) California
Counties Los Angeles
Type Backcountry
Length 27.00 Miles / 43.45 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses
Agency USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? Yes




The High Desert Trail is a continuous network incorporating several trails including the Burhhart Trail, Devil's Punchbowl Trail, Manzanita Trail and Southfork Trail. The High Desert Trail system joins the San Gabriel Mountains with the Mojave Desert, and combined with the Pacific Crest Trail crossing the Angeles Crest, it forms two small loops or one large loop. The trail affords the PCT traveler a "high desert experience" alternative. The trail navigates steep-sided canyon walls with exposed granite masses and gravel screen slopes as it parallels and crosses creek beds.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 24 inches.

Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation

Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 3500

Elevation High Point: 6950

Year Designated: 1981

Date Last Updated: 07/15/2011


Contact Information

Trail management:
Diane McCombs
Angeles National Forest
30800 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
Saugus , CA 91390
(661) 296-9710


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