At 5,742 feet, Mount Markham is half the size of San Gabriel’s famed bad boys: Mount Baldy, Pine Mountain, and Dawson Peak. However, this 6.3-mile out-and-back, an hour from downtown, is anything but tame. You’ll conquer two saddles, scramble over boulders, and grab views of 20 neighboring peaks.
From Mount Wilson Road, take the unnamed trail toward San Gabriel Peak, Mount Disappointment, and Mount Lowe. Climb steadily for 1.4 miles before merging with Road 12W24. Pass Mount Disappointment on the right as the L.A. Basin sprawls across the landscape. Bear right at the wooden pole intersection and descend toward the first saddle. Mount Wilson emerges to the east; Mounts Markham and Lowe to the south.
Shortly after crossing the road and taking the Mount Lowe Summit Trail, striking views stretch to the west: Los Angeles’ highest point, Mount Lukens, and the low-lying Santa Monicas. At the second saddle, head northeast toward Mount Markham’s summit up steep switchbacks and manageable boulder scrambling. Walk east on the thin trail to the summit where views of Eaton Canyon and Los Angeles await.
-Mapped by Casey Schreiner