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Vetter Mountain (LO), Mount Hillyer

9 June 1990

By: Bikecat Thompson

Leaders: Bob Thompson, Arthur Schain

Five hardy "bike & hike" enthusiasts met at Lloyds of La Cañada for breakfast at 7am, then carpooled up to Charlton Flats to begin our Bike & Hike adventure by 9am.

It was cloudy and threatening rain, but we started out up the Vetter Pk Road, reaching the top in about 30 minutes amidst some light rain. We then scampered back down the road, across Charlton Flats to the Silver Moccasin Trail and bike & hiked the route to Chilao. We bicycled the Forest Service Roads 3N14 and 3N17 around the West and North sides of Mt. Hillyer and had lunch at the trailhead for Hillyer on the N.E. Ridge route.

After lunch, we bike & hiked up the very steep firebreak to the summit ridge and on to the top of Hillyer by 1:30 p.m., signing the register and then having a fun descent back down the firebreak. Our next leg took the road heading Eastward to Three Points, making a sharp right turn onto Angeles Crest Hwy, and biked down the highway in the ever-increasing rain. We decided to forego doing Mt Mooney in the rain, so continued on past it to reach our cars by 3pm. Altogether, about 24 miles of biking and hiking on a moist late spring day. My thanks to Assistant Leader Arthur Schain who took many great pictures during the day and to the other Hiker-bikers: Mike Baldwin, Sandy Houston, and Yvonne Des Lauriers.

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