Summary: This is a nice, shaded out and back trail in the lower part of the Angeles Crest Highway. I choose this as an easy weekday hike because it is so close to Pasadena. The first part is fairly steep incline but is completely shaded. After that it is more gradual climb up over the saddle and down into grizzlly flats. I never quite understood the significance of this place,but the cool pine grove was a nice place to stop for lunch. After the flats, the trail gets steeper, finally dropping into the Big Tujunga.
Trailhead: Take the Angel crest Highway just past mile marker , park in turn-out on left side of road. The trail is kinda hidden but ascends the ridge behind you. (Lat:34.15 Lon:-118.11)
Trail Guides for grizzley flats :
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Jody Norian, Forest Supervisor 701 N. Santa Anita Ave. (818)-899-1900
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Erick Pfaff, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by BT on 2/24/2014
I agree with the last few postings, they have done a fantastic job clearing the trail. We're all very lucky there are people putting the time in to clear them so that we can enjoy them. Just a few additions, if you're wondering where it actually begins, park in the small turn off at mile marker 30.02. After the initial uphill segment, when you reach the split in three directions, take the center trail. Well marked from there.
Reviewed by David on 2/13/2014
Great hike, steep but enjoyable. With much of it in exposed terrain it would probably be rough during the summer but on a cool winter day, it's one of the better ones in the Angeles front country. I went earlier this week and had no problem following the trail. The volunteers have done a great job. You can see my trail report with more pictures and information, here.
Reviewed by D on 1/26/2014
Started hike from ACH at milepost 30. This was my third attempt and finally found the Grizzly Flat water tank and the trail down the canyon. Thank you for clearing the trail. It is lovely and easily found without bushwhacking about.
Reviewed by Thurman on 9/8/2013
Got acquainted with trail during March rainstorm when bushwhacked thickets returning from Mt Lukens to Vogel Flats. Awfully overgrown with thickets but able to find the track with severe attention and diligent work. Now, made a personal challenge to clear and reopen for hikers and cyclists. After much work with forest service support and good trail maintenance crews, now open full distance from Dark Cyn at ACH to Big Tujunga Cyn at Vogel Flats parking. Good tread all freshly cleared of fallen trees and thickets. Finish work for USFS spec will come later but now open for any/all hikers and cyclers who know/remember/enjoy the drama of backcountry trekking. Give us your feedback and let us know what you think of our work to reopen this t
Reviewed by David on 8/5/2013
The road down to Grizzly Flat has been cleared of fallen, burned trees, except as you near the end of the road (ends on a flat spot next to a horse hitching post). I headed down towards Vasquez Creek shortly before the fallen trees on what was once a road. The "road' goes along parallel to the creek (but above the creek). At this point I zipped on leggings to my short pants as my legs were getting scratched by brush. This "road" eventually turns sharply to the left and goes back up to the hitching post flat. But it's so overgrown that its hard to follow and I soon lost it. There was a small trickle of water where the narrow trail from the hitching post flat crosses the creek.
Reviewed by AW on 8/13/2012
We found a dead hiker in Vasquez Creek because he got lost at Grizzly Flat, didn't have enough water, lost his glasses, couldn't find the trail. The trail is in TERRIBLE shape and is completely overgrown beacause it has not been maintained since the Station Fire. Take good maps and a GPS. Not for Summer hiking unless you are prepared to descend Vasquez Creek with ropes and rappelling gear. This is where Ertug got lost, and he died descending waterfalls and couldn't climb out. I would post a GPS track if I could, but doesn't appear to be an option here. I'll try to do it on SummitPost.org and Trails.com and sangabrielmnts.myfreeforum.org
Reviewed by Isis on 3/31/2010
Great hike. Unfortunaly closed due to station fire. Ranger hope to have it open in 6 months.
Reviewed by MP on 2/25/2009
I thought the hike was overall OK. The first part of the trail is an easy fire road with a moderate incline, but once over the saddle you have to branch off on another fire road which is overgrown. It's not shaded until you get to the pines which is nice. Don't go in the summer though, lot's of bugs flying around and there is no shade until you get the pines.
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