A smooth and easy hike through a portion of the San Gabriels with 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain range that ends at the parital remains of the Vetter Mountain Lookout station.
- There is a large selection of coffee shops in La Cañada Flintridge (the city before entering the Angeles 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 pass the Mount Wilson Red Box Road and continue driving along CA 2 for another 9 miles until you reach Charlton Flats turnout. Park your car in the turnout in be sure to have your Adventure Pass visible in the windshield.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park. If you do not have one, you can purchase a pass for $5 at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar (feel free to stop for a meal before or after your hike), which is a little over 3 miles from the Charlton Flats turnout. If you're planning to hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, consider purchasing the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- Begin at Charlton Flat picnic. Head up along the service road.
- You'll hit a fork shortly ahead coking across a sign for Vetter Lookout 1.7 miles ahead. Follow the path to the left.
- An outhouse will appear along with a bench overlooking Mount Wilson.
- In 0.5 miles you'll reach another sign directing you towards the Lookout along with a split with the Silver Moccasin Trail. Continue along the service road veering left.
- Elevation at the summit: 5,909 feet