Glendora Mountain Hike
I can hear occasional gun shots from the Burro Canyon Shooting Park about four miles north as the crow flies. The sky is blue and cloudless. Up and down I go along the rollercoaster ridge. For the most part it’s easy going. The firebreak has softened with nearly two years of vegetation growth. I see virtually no trace from the 2002 Williams Fire and the 2009 Morris Fire, which incinerated most of this mountain; chaparral rebounds well. The last time I was here (February 2011), the temps were in the 40s and I was leaving boot tracks in an inch of snow. Today is quite different.
The summit doesn’t get a lot of traffic. The last visitors were a group of seven on October 24—two weeks ago. The logbook was started on May 17 with a group of 13; I recognize some of the names as Sierra Clubers. Glendora Mountain is on the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Lower Peaks Committee List. I linger for a long time just enjoying the expansive scenery and solitude.
And a shortcut…really? The whole hike is only 2.0 miles round trip! I curve around to the east and begin descending my last 191 vertical feet to the end.
12:08 - End hike. So 35 minutes up and 33 minutes down, and an hour on top.
Summit 3397 Hike
I’m really enjoying solitude.
1:13 - Junction to the summit. The road continues to the right but I veer left past the apiary clearing and climb the old firebreak. Views east become outstanding, but they are even better when snow blankets the high country.
1:26 - Summit 3397. The broad top is mostly rimmed with high vegetation obscuring views except for east. I photograph the eastern panorama before wandering around the summit.
I’ve been here three times before, but those were from the south (twice from Mystic Canyon Trailhead in Big Dalton Canyon, 2,217 vertical feet below, and once from little Dalton Canon). I wander over to the clearing with great views south. Before me lies the San Dimas Experimental Forest. Beyond is the vast human sprawl. The sun gleams on the distant ocean. I attempt to find a spot to take a pic west toward my earlier peak, but there’s too much brush.
A small snake about 12 inch long slithers across the trail and disappears into the brush before I can snap a picture of him. His coloring suggests a gofer snake. At the junction past high point 3386, I double back, walk past the apiary clearing, and walk the 200 yards to the summit. It’s brushy and nothing to write home about, but it does provide a nice view south toward summit 3397. Back on the road I continue north. Green toyon berries promise to add a splash of red to the coming winter chaparral. Firebreaks on slopes north of GMR beg to be explored.
2:49 - End hike. I’m done. I drive east another 0.3 mile to the junction of GMR and Glendora Ridge Road. I get a nice shot back toward Summit 3397.
See Hike Descriptions at Dan’s Hiking Pages
(Detailed trail guides include driving directions, recommended season, map, notes, links, and photos)
- Glendora Mountain (via Glendora Mountain Road)
- Mystic Canyon Trail & Lower Monroe Road to Summit 2760 and Summit 3397 (via Big Dalton Canyon)
Related links on Dan's Hiking Blog:
- Glendora Mountain Hike - February 20, 2011
- Mystic Canyon and Lower Monroe Hike - January 25, 2014 (to Summit 3397 from the south)
- Lower Monroe Hike - February 27, 2011 (to Summit 3397 from the south)