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Round Top Road

Round Top Road

Round Top Road

Page Type: Trail

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.35270°N / 118.0679°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Los Angeles

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Hard

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 2000 ft / 610 m

Length: 13.0 Mi / 20.9 Km

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Created/Edited: Oct 11, 2007 / Oct 11, 2007

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Round Top is a little peak that stands tall over the Mill Creek and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon drainages. From it open summit, at 6316 feet, there are some the most stunning views of all the peaks in the western San Gabriels. The route follows Santa Clara Divide Road for the first half then roller coasters over along Round Top Road. You can also add in Pacifico Mountain making this a long trip.

Trail Description

Santa Clara Divide Road 3N17 to Round Top Road 3N90
This route is along easy fireroadsbut is a hot in the summer so bring lots of water and sun protection. Go 3.4 miles east along 3N17 until it reaches and saddle/road junction with 3N90 on the right. Turn right and take this road as it passes Granite Mountain 3 miles to the rounded bald top of Round Top.
Round trip is around 13 miles with 2000 feet of gain.

Getting There

Take the I-210 freeway to La Canada andtake the Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2). Drive north SR-2 for 9.5 miles to a junction with Angeles Forest Highway. Turn left go 14.2 miles to Mill Creek Summit. Park here on the eastside of the highway picnic area.

When to Bike & External Links

The gates for Santa Clara Divide Road are closed for high fire dangers and in the winter due to snow. This would be a good snowy ride though.

You will need a Adventure Pass for parking at the turnout.

For camping information and current conditions in Angeles National Forest. Here are three of the nearest campgrounds, all of which would be great staging places for peakbagging in the western San Gabriels:
1. Lightning Point Campground, on Mount Gleason
2. Monte Cristo Campground, off of Angeles Forest Highway but south of Mill Creek Summit
3. Mount Pacifico Campground, located on the summit of Pacifico


The San Gabriel Front RangePacifico MountainMount GleasonRound TopStrawberry Peak northface