Sitton Peak is located in the southern half of the Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California. Though it is not one of the higher peaks in the range, its summit provides excellent views out towards the Pacific Ocean (Catalina Island), the mountains of north San Diego, and great wintertime views of the higher San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain ranges. On exceptionally clear days you can see San Clemente Island (60 miles away), and north to the Santa Monica Mountains. At the base of the peak are a few remains of a Bell ‘Super Cobra’ attack helicopter that crashed in November 1986. Neither crew member survived. The only large piece remaining at the site is part of an aluminum rotor blade.
We will use the Bear Ridge Canyon trail going to the 4 corners. From there we will hike 1.3 miles to the foot of the peak intersection. The last 0.3 mile to the peak is not a clearly marked trail and may take some scrambling. On the return trail we will use the Bear Canyon Trail.
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 2100 ft
For parking, this hike requires an Adventure Pass. You can purchase a day pass for $5 or an annual pass for $30. You can also use your National Park Pass or Senior Pass. Here is a link of where you can purchase either the day/annual pass (please purchase beforehand, as you cannot purchase in the parking lot): http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5181410&width=full
General Rating: Level 3+ MODERATE-Fast. Download RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to read more about difficulty levels.
At least 2 liters of water, a hat, hiking poles can be helpful
FACILITIES: Rest rooms are located at the trail head.
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