A truly peaceful trail along a closed down fire road, which offers limitless views of both the vibrant landscape of the Antelope Valley as well as the lush green Angeles National Forest.
- There is a large selection of coffee shops in La Cañada Flintridge (the city before entering the Angeles National Forest via Angeles Crest Highway) off Foothill Boulevard. While taking the off ramp to the Angeles Crest Highway, instead of taking the left to the mountains you can go right and Foothill Boulevard is the next light down. Depending on what you're looking for, here are a few I enjoy before my adventures:
- Consider taking the 134 East to the CA 2 North in order to avoid any and all congestion that occurs downtown. Once you're on the CA 2 North, you'll merge onto 210 East / CA 2 and take the first exit directing towards the Angeles Crest Highway. After passing the Angeles Forest entrance, you'll continue up until you come to the intersection of the Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway at the Clear Creek Information Center. Take a left heading towards Palmdale passing Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. After passing Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Mill Creek Summit (the trailhead / intersection with Mount Gleason Road) will be approximately 6 miles up the road. Park your car at Mill Creek Summit across from the Mill Creek Summit Picnic Site on the north side of the road.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park during this hike. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- NOTE: If the mileage of this hike worries you, keep in mind you do have the ability to turnaround at any point. It's a fairly level path the entire way with a slight incline and it's nothing too crazy. The views alone make this a worthwhile trek along with being a fairly desolate trail (only one other hiker was on this trail during my trip). Fortunately, this hike is incredibly straight forward without any confusing intersections since you're only taking the Forest Service Road the entire way. An added bonus would be wandering down the Pacific Crest Trail as this also leads to the summit; however, some scrambling will be needed at a certain point in order to reach the top.
- When you park your car at Mill Creek Summit, the trailhead is on the northern most part of the turnout and has a closed road gate a few yards up. Once you pass this gate, you'll continue on this path for the next 8.8 miles.
- Once you hit the mile 6 on the service road, a fork in the road will occur. Stay left in order to continue on Mount Gleason Road towards the summit and away from the service buildings.
- After this split, the next intersection will occur 2.8 miles up the road and you'll take a right in order to reach the summit of Mount Gleason.
- Elevation at the summit: 6,396 ft