Bear Canyon

Bear Canyon as seen from the East Trail on Mt. Lowe in the Angeles National Forest. This was taken about an hour before sunset with a telephoto lens to compress the distance between the ridges. Mt. Lukens -- with the radio towers -- is in the distance. The trail is easy to reach. Take Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) from La Canada-Flintridge and turn right on Mt. Wilson Road. About a mile from the top, look for a small parking area with spaces on both sides of the road. The trail -- a fire road -- begins on the right (south) side of the road and reaches Mueller Tunnel in half-mile. About quarter-mile after the tunnel, look for footpath marked by small sign on the right. Take the footpath which heads toward Mt. Lowe and offers this view in several locations.

I took this one in April from the East Trail to Mt. Lowe in the Angeles National Forest. Click above to see larger.

It was a little hazy and the trail offers views straight west toward Bear Canyon and Mt. Lukens. I shot this at 55m on the 18-55mm lens that came with my Nikon D5000, which I drowned and replaced with a D5100. Even without a telephoto, I was able to smash all those distant ridgelines together; here's a similar one I shot at 65mm with a telephoto.

It may not be a technically perfect photo -- the light's a little funky -- but so what? It does show how wild and wooly some of the terrain is in the San Gabriel Mountains above the Los Angeles region. The sprawling 'burbs of the San Gabriel Valley are at the base of the mountains on the left side of the frame.

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