As a fire lookout, Mt. Vetter (elevation 5,908′) rises above its surroundings with expansive and unobstructed 360-degree views mostly of surrounding mountains (many of significantly higher elevation far off in the distance) instead of the city, ocean, or desert. From one starting point (Charlton Flats), a road leads to the summit which makes first attempts at things like snowshoeing, mountain biking, and night-hiking easier. With picnic tables in several places along that route and the current state of the ruins of the lookout tower whose recently remodeled foundation provides a great place to sit, a dinner/sunset hike with a nighttime return is a great way to enjoy this peak.

Sunset from Mt. Vetter.

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