This adventure promises you a real work out for your legs/lungs and takes us on the route to Mt. Bliss via the Van Tassel Fire Rd. This road came into existence after the monstrous fire of September 1924, the worst fire in the history of the mountains at that time. The fire began in the San Gabriel Cyn and rapidly spread westward. The blaze burned for 3 weeks and threatened the town of Monrovia. Determined to prevent fires this size, the Forest Service began building roads & firebreaks throughout the San Gabriels. Mt. Bliss stands as a prominent summit in the San Gabriel front. The route is a steep, dirt road that may not be inspiring but the stories of a lost DC-9 plane wreck, on June 6, 1971, on Mt. Bliss may encourage you. A U.S. Marine Corp F-4 Phantom fighter Jet and a Hughes Airwest DC-9 airliner collided in mid-air.
All the debris in the Canyon was not recovered.
Some friends of mine recently explored the steep terrain of the canyon and found lots of parts from the plane crash but due to safety reasons, we will not attempt this.
Level: Strong Intermediate/Advanced hikers
NO BEGINNERS PLEASE!
Distance: ~9 miles R/T Gain 3000′
Time: 4-5 hours depending on group
Type: Exposed, fire road with steep inclines
Dogs: Not permitted on this hike.
Water/Restrooms: Not available at the trailhead.
(Mc D’s and Farmer boy is located on Irwindale Ave)
Parking: Just off the road across from the Equestrian Center. Park on the left side of the road across from the horse stables. No Parking Pass required.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
We will stop at the junctions waiting for others to catch up and we will be walking under power lines. There is a used path leading to the ridge that leads to the summit and can easily be missed, so it’s important to keep the group together.
WHAT TO BRING: A positive attitude. lunch/snacks, electrolytes, at least 3 liters of water, sunscreen, Lug soles with good treads. Poles if you like/have them.
From the 210 West: exit at Irwindale Avenue, go north, turn left on Foothill Blvd to Encanto Parkway turn right.
From the I-210 East: exit Mt. Olive Ave., Turn right on Huntington Drive 0.6 mile to Encanto Parkway. Turn left (Note: Huntington Drive turns into Foothill Blvd at the intersection of Encanto Parkway.)
From Encanto Parkway:
Drive 1.3 miles then turn left onto a dirt road towards the entrance to Encanto Equestrian Center (marked with a yellow sign). Drive about 0.5 miles and park on the left side of the road across from the horse stables. The hike starts at the north end of the equestrian center.
My Cell: 562-331-3793
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