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Winston Ridge


Location: Los Angeles County, about 17 miles north of Azusa, 48 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoWaterman Mountain 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 730K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Winston Peak, Mount Akawie

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 5 miles round trip on trail and use trail
Gain: 1000'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: John Backus, July 1985


  • 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 19 miles to the signed Cloudburst Summit. Park at a locked gate on the left (north).


  • From the parking area (7018'), pass the locked gate and hike northeast down the road, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), to about 6700' where an old road goes to the left (not shown on the topo).
  • Go left on this road and follow it to the saddle south of elevation 6903'.
  • Pass around either side of 6903' to the saddle just north of it. (There are use trails on both sides. The right side follows the PCT for a short distance but the PCT drops off into Cooper Canyon on the right. The trail workers have obliterated part of the use trail normally used by the HPS. It is easier to follow the use trail on the left side of 6903'.)
  • From the saddle north of 6903', follow an obvious use trail northwest up to the summit.


Winston Ridge can be combined with Winston Peak. From Winston Peak, descend northeast to the saddle south of elevation 6903'. Continue as in Route 1.

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