Silver Moccasin Trail - Backpacking/Camping

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Summary

The Silver Moccasin Trail is a 53-mile trail in the San Gabriel Mountains that is perfect for a weekend backpacking trip.

Written by

Ry Glover

Distance

53.0 miles

The entire trail is 53 miles.

Destination Distance From Downtown

21.8 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 days

3 -5 days

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

Yes

Adventure Pass

Review

Intro

The Silver Moccasin Trail is a 53-mile path that meanders through the San Gabriel Mountains in Angeles National Forest. Beginning in the Chantry Flats Recreation Area and ending at Vincent Gap, this route can be done either as a memorable multi-day backpacking trip or broken up into various sections for worthwhile day hikes as well.

What Makes It Great

If done as a thru-hike, expect to have a wonderful 3-5 days in the woods, summitting and descending mountains, enjoying priceless views, and even passing waterfalls and other interesting features. Officially established as a trail in 1942, this path has a bit of everything, including dense chaparral, shade-covered canyons, boulder fields, and even fir forests in some of the higher elevations. This trail also connects some of Angeles National Forest's best peaks like Mount Burnham, Throop Peak, and of course Mt. Baden-Powell, which ensures that the best is saved for last, as it's the highest point in the ANF and the last peak before the final descent into Vincent Gap. Mt. Baden-Powell is named after the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, so expect to see at least one troupe during your hike, as a common trip for them is a 5-day thru-hike of this trail. If broken into sections, the aforementioned Baden-Powell peak affords some of the best terrain and scenery that this trail has to offer with a 4-mile route from Vincent Gap to the summit. Otherwise, the Chilao Flats section leads hikers through a really neat boulder field on a 5-mile route to Three Points, and following that, from Three Points to Cloudburst Summit is a 4-mile section with amazing views.

Who is Going to Love It

This trail is gorgeous and will reward hikers with amazing views. Because of it's length, the Silver Moccasin Trail is great for anything from a day hike to a multi-day backpacking adventure!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Entry points depend on which section of the trail you are hiking. Check out Hiking Angeles Forest for the different segments and directions.

Location

Silver Moccasin Trail

Silver Moccasin trail Angeles National Forest
Palmdale, CA, 93550
34.307871, -118.019797

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