Rattlesnake Peak (Little Iron Mountain)
Rattlesnake peak is considered one of the tougher peaks to hike in San Gabriel Mountains even though it is one of the smaller peaks in the range. Some hikers say it is considered the 2nd most difficult peak to reach in all the Angeles National Forest (the 1st being Iron Mountain).
The hike is a steep trail along a ridge system with over 4,000 ft. of gain in about 4.2 miles.
The plan is to do a clockwise loop, going up on South Ridge Trail and coming down on the East Ridge Trail.
The East Ridge Trail is very steep at some areas and requires some bushwhacking, which makes the hike even more challenging.
In other words, don’t get fooled by the stats below. This is an advanced hike.
Distance: Loop 4.2 miles up and 5.8 miles down for a total of 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft. +
Hike Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Adventure Pass: Not Required
Bring PLENTY of Water and electrolytes: More than what you think you need
From I- 210 in Azusa Exit Azusa Ave (hwy 39), go north for about 12 miles and turn right on E. Fork Rd. go for 3.3 miles and turn left on Shoemaker Canyon Rd., go for about 2 miles til the end of the paved road, you will see a gate.
Wear lug soled shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants for brush and tick protection, and dress in layers for comfort.
Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles (if you use them), camera and the “Ten Essentials” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials).
DISCLAIMER, WARNING OF RISK ETC: YOU AGREE BY GOING ON THIS HIKE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT THE MEETUP ORGANIZERS HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY.
WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL LEADERS OR HIKERS. WE ARE SIMPLY INVITING YOU TO JOIN US ON THIS HIKE. BY SIGNING UP, YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT HOLD THE GROUP, ITS LEADERS OR MEMBERS LIABLE FOR ANY MISHAP YOU MAY SUFFER. YOU ALSO AGREE THAT YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS SHOULD A MISHAP OCCUR. HIKING CAN BE DANGEROUS, PLEASE KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS.
I am a hiker inviting you to join me and fellow hikers. I am not a guide nor trained search and rescue member and will not carry you up or down the trail. You need to know your limits and what you need to get yourself there and back safely. You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted. No organizer or event host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. You accept all risks when you RSVP “yes” and show up to participate for this event or any other event.
If you are not comfortable with this disclaimer or disagree with this disclaimer, I am asking you to NOT sign up for this hike.
There…I said it. Now let’s go out there and enjoy the beautiful mountain and all it has to offer.
Happy Trails everyone,
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.
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