Los Angeles: Vulture Crags

Jagged sandstone cliffs, glorious wildflowers, and deep canyons seem endless on this 9-mile out-and-back ridgeline run in Cleveland National Forest.
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Jagged sandstone cliffs, glorious wildflowers, and deep canyons seem endless on this 9-mile out-and-back ridgeline run in Cleveland National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.3

Waypoints

VCT001

Location: 33.6997985839844, -117.635009765625

Begin on the Modjeska Grade Rd., and hike N to Santiago Truck trailhead

VCT002

Location: 33.7027206420898, -117.63639831543

At gate, go L toward the electrical towers, following the lesser-traveled ridge trail

VCT003

Location: 33.704418182373, -117.631507873535

Rock shrine with 360-degree views

VCT004

Location: 33.7040748596191, -117.629890441895

Turn L, keeping on rocky ridge

VCT005

Location: 33.7037734985352, -117.621040344238

In season, hillside blooms in vibrant bright purple lupin and red Indian paintbrush

VCT006

Location: 33.7007637023926, -117.613891601562

Fine lookout with a big, flat, grassy area to enjoy the mountain views

VCT007

Location: 33.6997833251953, -117.608711242676

L @ Y up to the ridge

VCT008

Location: 33.6980934143066, -117.606346130371

Small unnamed peak with great view

VCT009

Location: 33.6948852539062, -117.59748840332

Old roosting site for endangered California condor; look across canyon to Vulture Crags

VCT010

Location: 33.6907157897949, -117.581703186035

Good turnaround spot. For a weekend outing, keep going; trail continues to wind upward and deeper into remote canyons of Cleveland National Forest.