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There’s no need to leave the city for mountaintop views: This 5.3-miler starts in the leafy neighborhoods of Altadena and vaults up the side of the chaparral-covered San Gabriels. The sprawling San Gabriel Valley is visible on nearly every step of the hike, and the spring displays of larkspur, penstemon, and monkeyflower are outrageous. On the 3,207-foot summit, wander around the crumbling foundations and rusted-out cog wheels of the White City, a ritzy resort built at the turn of the 20th century.
-Mapped by Andrew Bray