This trail takes you on one of the few maintained roads in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. Several private holdings & pre-existing mining claims were included within the boundary of Sheep Mountain Wilderness when it was created in 1984. So this road is open to hikers & equestrians, but not bicycles. It starts near Mt. Baldy Village & goes west looking down on Cow Canyon.
After about 2.8 miles we'll reach a saddle on the ridge of Cow & Cattle Canyon. Cattle Canyon is a major canyon that runs east-west just south of Mt. Baldy Village, to Heaton Flats in the west. It acts as a drainage to Mt.San Antonio, Iron Mountain, Lookout Mountain, & the entire bordering Glendora Ridge to the south.
We'll start heading down the falling ridgeline between the two canyons & we'll continue on to the wide floor of Cattle Canyon. We should reach that at about 5 miles or so. A few miles down the canyon is a private ranch - no trespassing...We could then turn north & go two miles up Cattle Canyon & there's a Tungsten Mine near the road's end. Then return back the same way.
This area has a lot of Bighorn Sheep, so we may get to see some of those elusive creatures.
Due to the fact that the area sits on ancient faults, the rock formations are...( I am quoting here) "Fantastically jumbled & contorted exposures of granitic (quartz diorite) & metamorphic (gneiss) rock" exposed in the road cuts. Whew!! I don't make this stuff up folks....
yeah Travis's route looks like the best chance. hopefully can work off of that
i got an email from the guy who led the hike i posted above
Hey Ze, You can't parking at the top, where it says no parking, although
people do, but you can park along the road. Also there is a R.V. park
right down that road. They'll let you park in their lot for $2.00 per car.
It's called Mt. Baldy Ranch, R.V. park 1 909-982-1252 I believe that's
the no. Real nice people.. Park your car there & hike down the fireroad &
eventually you turn right down the wash to the mines. If you went straight
instead of turning down the wash you'll hit the private property & need to
turn back. Same as doing the Heaton Flats trail. You'll run into the
property that way also, but then you just start hiking north.
Good luck Rod
I'll be up at Cow Canyon Saddle (wherever we are able to park) at 8 am with a few other folks.
If I make it, I'll probably be starting out about 7:15 - you guys will catch up to me down in Cattle Cyn somewhere. Been sick all week so don't know if I'll bother to wake up tomorrow. _________________ Hike up! The world's about to end.
Hiked into Cattle Canyon as far as about the 4000' elevation mark. Zé and his fellow hikers showed up a little after that and they headed up into the brush in an attempt to gain BHR. They generally were trying to follow the ridge shown in the posts above. I bravely didn't stick around to find out how far they got, but it looked promising - not too steep but brush may or may not have been too much (stay tuned for Zé's report!).
It was about a 6.5 to 7 mile hike to get to the 4000' elevation mark from Cow Canyon Saddle, making for a rather easy but long approach to this potential BHR access point. Would be nice to bribe one of the many pickup truck drivers I saw or heard of that were on the road down into the canyon.
Saw several other hikers besides us so it appears there are no real (just imagined) issues with accessing Cattle Canyon via this route.
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