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A steep road up Josephine Peak that leads to a 360-degree panorama of LA and the San Gabriels.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

Point to Point

5,504' 1,678 m

High

3,662' 1,116 m

Low

1,842' 561 m

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0' 0 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Description

This dirt road starts behind a gate, across the road from the Clear Creek fire station, at the intersection of Highway 2 and the Angeles Forest Highway. The road climbs at a moderate grade up a saddle in 2.6 miles where there is a junction with the Josephine Saddle Road #2N64.A. From here, you can continue up to the top of Josephine Peak (to the left), or join Colby Canyon Trail #12W23 (to the right), which either loops around Strawberry Peak or drops back down to Highway 2. Continuing to the top of Josephine Peak is steep, but gives a 360-degree view of LA and the San Gabriel Mountains at the top. The summit has an electronic site.

Flora & Fauna

Very limited shade from oaks and bigcone spruce on north side near summit, otherwise mostly shadeless with ceanothus, scrub oak, yucca, laurel sumac. Many non-native trees and plants along the lower portion of the road.

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Justin Jasper

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  3.5 from 8 votes

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Photos

Strawberry Peak from Josephine Peak Road.
Jan 2, 2024 near Altadena, CA
The top of Josephine Peak offers a gorgeous view of the LA metro.
Jan 9, 2017 near La Caña…, CA

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Jul 7, 2021
Private User
May 9, 2021
Charles Yoo
HOT, DRY AND NO TREE 8.6mi — 5h 00m
Feb 13, 2021
Simon Chen
Took an hour break at the top 8.6mi — 4h 03m
Mar 22, 2020
David Gaetke
Went to the peak and back — 3h 50m
Dec 28, 2019
David Flores
4h 00m
Dec 21, 2018
Edre Jose Mendoza
10.6mi
Jul 30, 2017
Susana Uraga
2mi
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