Distance: 3.1 miles round trip on use trail
Summit Elevation: 5799'
Elevation Gain: 1509'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 1.20
Round trip time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Recommended water: 48 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
With unseasonably warm weather, I headed to Cow Canyon Saddle off Glendora Ridge Road for a quick hike up to Sunset Peak. I started up the steep firebreak and followed it straight to the top. It was warmer than expected and I shed my top layer within 15 minutes. Along the way, there were spectacular views of San Antonio Canyon and all the higher surrounding peaks. The firebreak has a well defined use trail and intersects the fire road in two places. Just before the second intersection with the road, there is a short, easy section of class 2, most of which can be bypassed. I chose to scramble over the rocks on the way up and down. While on top, I signed the summit register and leafed through the recent entries. I can see why it is a popular destination, since the views are a great reward for not too much effort. The ruins of the old lookout tower were scattered around the large summit area. Even though it is a pretty stiff climb up the firebreak, the short distance keeps it in the easy category. Good fun and another HPS peak checked off the list.
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