A moderate, secluded hike showcasing expansive views including Big Tujunga Canyon and Vasquez Creek along with giving hikers a look at where wild grizzly bears roamed within the San Gabriel Mountains before the last one was shot back in 1916.
Organic Single Origin Colombian Coffee
Light, golden brown, and vibrant just like the stunning bruin it’s named after. The Grizzly Bear is our bright, single origin light roast from Colombia which offers a soothing aroma with a hint of citrus sweetness.
Tasting notes include tangerine, red currant, milk chocolate, green apple, and clover honey.
About this Coffee
- Consider taking the 134 East to the CA 2 North in order to avoid any and all congestion that occurs downtown. Once you're on the CA 2 North, you'll merge onto 210 East / CA 2 and take the first exit directing towards the Angeles Crest Highway. After passing the Angeles Forest entrance, you'll continue up and pass the Angeles Crest Fire Station. Unfortunately, there are no road signs driving up that note the turnoff so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for the Grizzly Flat Trailhead parking lot turnout 2.9 miles ahead. The turnout will be on the north side of the CA 2 North and ample parking is available. There's a road gate that is locked, but near it is the dark wood sign with yellow lettering noting "Grizzly Flat Trailhead".
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park. If you do not have one, you'll need to continue driving until you reach Mount Wilson Red Box Road. Take a right and continue heading along the road until the Mount Wilson Observatory. You can purchase a pass for $5 at the Cosmic Cafe near the observatory. If you're planning to hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, consider purchasing the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- NOTE: The hike mentioned below does NOT descend into Big Tujunga Canyon due to heavy amounts of poison oak being present along with high water flowing down the creeks that need to be crossed.
- Begin your hike at the Grizzly Flat turnoff and head uphill along the fire service road called Hoyt Mountain Road.
- After approximately 0.6 miles, you'll reach a watershed that will offer great panoramic views looking towards Mount Lowe and San Gabriel Peak to the south east.
- From the watershed, continue ahead on the fire service road veering left at the split. If you go right, the trail leads up to the power line structures. Depending on the time of year, the foliage can be extremely overgrown making the trek difficult with avoiding Poodlebush, which can cause intense allergic reactions if it comes in contact with skin.
- A short distance (0.3 miles) ahead, a picnic table will greet you with an outstanding view of Big Tujunga Canyon.
- Continue along the trail until you reach the next trail intersection 0.7 miles ahead with Grizzly Flat Trail. Again, this trail was overgrown with poison oak so it was avoided and the hike was continued along Grizzly Flat Road instead of Grizzly Flat Trail.
- If you stay heading on Grizzly Flat Road (instead of descending into Big Tujunga Canyon), you'll be greeted with unobstructed views of the canyon along with reaching more views of Mount Lowe and San Gabriel Peak as well as Los Angeles County (on a clear day).
- For the next 2.0 miles, you'll snake around the canyon edge before you reach a 3-way intersection with Haynes Canyon Motorway. Feel free to rest here and take in the surrounding views before heading back the way you came to return to your car.