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Pleasant View Ridge

(UTM 165055)

Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles south of Pearblossom, 49 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS ToposJuniper Hills 7½, Waterman Mountain 7½, Valyermo 7½
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Nearby Peaks: Will Thrall Peak, Pallett Mountain, Mount Williamson

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 13.5 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 3600' total, 2600' out plus 1000' on return
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Easy

Original: Bernie Petitjean, March 1969


  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Keep straight.
  • Continue about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. Keep straight.
  • Continue 20 miles to the entrance to Buckhorn Campground on the left. Turn left.
  • Go right, then left at the next two forks, then follow the signs "Burkhart Trail" to a large parking area.
  • If the campground entrance is locked, drive SR 2 another 0.8 mile to the campground exit. Park beside the entrance, and hike down the entrance road to the same parking area.


  • From the parking area (6440'), hike north down the Burkhart Trail (10W02) about 2 miles to where the Cooper Canyon Trail comes in from the west.
  • Follow the combined trails upstream (east) 1/3 mile and cross the creek (5600') and proceed 100' to a trail junction with the Rattlesnake Trail (signed).
  • Follow this trail upstream to the north and continue on to Burkhart Saddle.
  • Hike west up a steep use trail to the summit of Will Thrall Peak.
  • Continue northwest along the ridge to a saddle.
  • Then follow the trail on the south slope of the ridge to a point where the trail is only 20' below the ridge; here climb up to the ridge and follow it to the summit.
  • On the return to Burkhart Saddle, you will find a use trail which skirts Will Thrall Peak on the south, starting at the saddle between the peaks (This use trail has deteriorated and may be difficult to find and use).

Printable version of this route


Distance: 16.5 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4900' total, 4100' out plus 800' on return
Time: 8-10 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Charlie Knapke, September 1996


  • Take the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) northeast toward Palmdale. Get off at the Angeles Forest Highway/Pearblossom Highway.
  • Go 4.5 miles northeast and then east on Pearblossom Highway to the intersection with SR 138.
  • Turn right and drive 9 miles to Longview Road (N6) (shown as 131st Street on the 7.5 minute topos) in the town of Pearblossom, where a sign "Devils Punchbowl" points to the right. Turn right (south) onto N6. Note your odometer and proceed as follows:
  • At 2.0 miles, junction with Fort Tejon Road. Turn left.
  • At 2.5 miles, junction with Longview Road (N6) (shown as 13st Street on the 7.5 minute topos). Turn right.
  • At 4.5 miles, signed junction marked "Lewis Ranch" and "Devils Punchbowl" on the left. Turn left.
  • Drive 3 miles farther to a parking lot at the end of the road at the Devil's Punchbowl Nature Center. Park in the parking lot. (At the time of this revision, there is no fee.)


  • From your parking spot (4760'), walk to the signed beginning of the Burkhart Trail next to the portable toilet.
  • Proceed onto the trail, which swings southwest past a large, green water tank to a trail junction at about 0.7 mile.
  • Take the right (west) fork, which reads "Burkhart Saddle 6.2 miles".
  • After 2 miles the trail descends steeply to a junction with a dirt road. Turn left (south) on this road, signed "Burkhart Saddle 3.7 miles".
  • The road passes a windmill high above Cruthers Creek and then descends into the canyon, where you follow a wide trail alignment that heads uphill on the right immediately after crossing the creekbed (4600').
  • Ascend the trail for 3.4 miles to Burkhart Saddle (6959').
  • Continue as in Route 1.

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