Hike to Slide Mountain Lookout Tower
Slide Mountain was a popular hike
today. Besides myself and a friend, 8
members of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and 2 other were hiking at about
the same time. The Tower was manned by a
volunteer on this date. I am told that
the flag flying is generally an indication that a volunteer is present.
We started at the locked gate at Frenchmans Flat Campground
at 8 am and returned at 2 pm on 11/11/15, Veterans Day. Good weather, though chilly and breezy to
start, changing to very pleasant on the hike.
Breezy at the Tower, but comfortable temps.
Trail was in good to very good condition
the whole way:
Distance Elevation Comments on segment to this distance
0.00 2,070 Starting point (First gate is here)
1.75 2,205 Golden State Hwy (paved)
(Second gate is
2.75 2,945 Dirt road, driveable (If you have a key
the gates - we did not)
3.65 3,540 Not driveable, but very good, steep
5.72 4,604 Good steep trail, steep drop-offs in
Distances are from my gps.
Elevations are from my mapping program and disagree slightly from the
Some of the guys from the Sheriff’s Department were
discussing the feasibility of mountain biking this trail. I believe they decided it would not be a very
good idea, especially the last couple of miles.
Great views all around.
Took several pictures of interest that I am posting.
I realize this form is for a Camp Survey. However, there was no way I could find to submit a Trail Survey for this trail. I will resubmit if necessary.