High Desert Trail

photo: The Manzanita Trail is a section of the High Desert NRT. Photo by USFS.

Length: 27.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

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Location: Angeles National Forest; 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA within two hours driving time. 45 miles northwest of San Bernardino, CA. The trail begins at three separate points near the Angeles Crest Highway #2. These locations are Vincent, In Angeles
State(s): California
Counties: Los Angeles
Longitude: -117.82073
Latitude: 34.39562

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The High Desert Trail is a continuous network incorporating several trails including the Burhhart Trail, Devil's Punchbowl Trail, Manzanita Trail and Southfork Trail. The High Desert Trail system joins the San Gabriel Mountains with the Mojave Desert, and combined with the Pacific Crest Trail crossing the Angeles Crest, it forms two small loops or one large loop. The trail affords the PCT traveler a "high desert experience" alternative. The trail navigates steep-sided canyon walls with exposed granite masses and gravel screen slopes as it parallels and crosses creek beds.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 9%
Elevation Low Point: 3,500
Elevation High Point: 6,950
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Diane McCombs
Angeles National Forest
30800 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
Saugus, CA 91390
(661) 296-9710
[email protected]



The Manzanita Trail is a section of the High Desert NRT. Photo by USFS.

The Manzanita Trail is a section of the High Desert NRT. Photo by USFS.


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