Angeles National Forest
San Gabriel Mountains National MonumentClick for map.
There is still enough light left for something, at least for a silly little thing like Mount Akawie, AKA Buckhorn Peak. It rises a little above the campground and is most easily accessed by a road east of Cloudburst Summit and west of the picnic area. It does not seem to appear on maps and is blocked by a thin yellow gate. The spot has a huge parking area for those times when there is a grand party up on the peak, I suppose. For no good reason, I want to go up the little peak west of the main peak as well, so although the road is wide and easy and clearly the main route, I scramble upward to follow the ridge.
|Getting high for a view, a peek at peaks east through a wide gap. They do tend to be taller over there.|
In the small saddle before the little peak, there is a scattering of weathered planks. It looks rather like there was once a simple structure in the somewhat flat area. A scattering of random planks is not all that unusual. The peak itself is a rocky outcrop in the trees. It has no views except down its sides where there is quite a bit more evidence of old buildings that were less simple.
|Some anchors of concrete and stone and metal beside another rock outcrop down the north side of the little peak.|
|The remains of some machinery and the structure to house it.|
|Looking up at the unnamed little peak on the way to Akawie.|
Dropping down again, there is a bit of old road passing through the saddle between the little peak and Akawie. I have no idea where it is headed, but there seems to be some hiking interest in it. A trail crosses it and starts to climb, so I follow this up to the top. The top is flat and covered with trees with more rock outcrops to form a summit block on the far side. At least I think that must be the high point over there.
|If you come for the view, there really is not much to be had.|
Poking around for a benchmark just shows a round spot of epoxy where one has been removed. Poking around the peak area can find somewhat better viewpoints.
|What is left when a benchmark is removed.|
|More view, but maybe not better. This might be a good spot for a little sunrise, though.|
|Looking over the large, flat top of Akawie.|
It looks like it might have some okay sunrises, but not so much for sunsets. I head down again, this time following the regular route along trail and eventually road. It is quite a short route.
©2017 Valerie Norton
Posted 28 September 2017