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Charlton Flat to Mt. Mooney and Devil's Peak Trail are two short, separate hikes to adjacent peaks. Both are short walks up an open ridge line to the top.

These are two short, separate hikes to adjacent peaks. Both are short walks up an open ridge line to the top. There is no regular trail to either peak, but the climb is short and not difficult.

Mt. Mooney is at the edge of Charlton Flat. It has a rounded, partly forested top with views over Charlton Flat and part of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. There is a fine, open pine forest over gently rolling terrain from the top northward.

Devil's Peak is about a mile southeast of Mt. Mooney. It is a high point overlooking Devil's Canyon and the rugged area around Twin Peaks, with views of many peaks and canyons of the San Garbles. On the way up the ridge from a dirt road, you will pass through a small forest of Coulter pines. While Coulters are rather small as pine trees go, their cones are spectacular - the largest of all pine cones. They are not a rare tree, but their range is limited. Enjoy this walk through one of the best concentrations of these interesting trees.

Directions: From La Canada, CA, To reach both these peaks, take the dirt road off Angeles Crest Highway, about a hundred feet northwest of the Charlton Flat entrance road. Follow this road about a mile up to a wide spot on the ridge top where the road forks, and park. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to be displayed on your vehicle when parked at the trailhead.

Elevation Gain: 250 feet

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

 
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