San Gabriel Peak (elevation 6,161′) is the highest peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains and commands expansive and unobstructed 360-degree views from the small flat area on its summit. It is the one peak in the front range that the clouds go around instead of over. Sitting on the bench and spending a while watching the clouds engulf the peaks below (including Mt. Wilson to the east, leaving only its antennas in view) is among my favorite experiences hiking in Angeles National Forest. On occasion, I’ve changed plans to go to a different spot in the forest when driving toward Red Box and realizing another great opportunity to have this kind of experience was emerging.

View from San Gabriel Peak looking down on cloud covered Mt. Markham and Mt. Lowe.

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