This is where it all begins. See that tall, pointy peak shining in the distance above the truck? That’s our destination!
Already climbed several hundred feet of pavement. Here’s the first view of the Seven Sisters, a series of switchbacks that crisscross the mountain slope and wind their way to the ridge that leads to the main summit. The main summit is actually not in view yet. It is off to the right, out of the frame of this photo.
Looking southwest, back towards Los Angeles. If you look REAL close, you can see Downtown LA in the gap between the mountains. It looks like tiny dark blue rectangles. Yup. That’s it…
Getting closer to the Seven Sisters, which will actually be a relief once we get there. Climbing those switchbacks is actually easier than this initial ascent which, although it’s on a truck trail, is much steeper and direct in its approach to the ridge.
There’s the peak again! Still quite a ways to go. This is the first view of it since leaving the parking lot. Start of the Seven Sisters climb is close, just off to the left.
Looking back to LA from the bottom of the Seven Sisters. Not only can we see Downtown LA through the gap in the hills, but if we look dead center of the photo we’ll see a white oval. That’s the Silverlake Reservoir. If you look just below the cloud cover you’ll see a long, curvy white line. That’s the beach, baby! Great view today, from the majestic San Gabriel mountains to the mighty Pacific.
Looking straight down on the first few switchbacks of the Seven Sisters. Dang, these chicks got curves! All I can say is everything is even steeper than it looks in a photo. If you look across the valley you can make out the access road we climbed to get here. If you’re curious to know – these truck trails are barely wide enough for a single truck. No two way traffic here!
Looking to the east near the top of the Seven Sisters. If you look real hard on the farthest ridge opposite (dead center of the photo) you should be able to make out the massive antennae that mark the top of Mount Wilson. We’re viewing it from the backside of what Angelenos are used to seeing. On clear days you can see the other side of these antennae all the way from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica.
Getting closer! This is a view of the peak from the top of the Seven Sisters. Still a little bit of climbing to get to the ridge that will get us there. Just to be clear, we don’t actually go to the very top of the peak. We could hike there, but the trail that we bike on goes up to the shoulder of the peak and then circles around the back of it to the ridge that can be seen on the right side of this picture. But that’s the beauty of this ride, it makes a complete circle and we don’t have to repeat any of the scenery while making the trip. Onward!
UNEO’s Playground! Hey, if the devil can have one, why can’t I? When we reach the top of the Seven Sisters and finally make the ridge, this stunning view of the valley beyond is our reward. This is the interior of the Angeles National Forest, former and current home to horse thieves, rustlers and desperadoes. Southern CA’s true West.
This is the ridge trail that brings us over to the peak itself. The trail at this point narrows to what is known as a singletrack, typically 2-4 feet wide. If you look part way down the slope on the left shoulder of the peak you’ll see a horizontal line. That’s our path!