Josephine Saddle

Josephine Saddle, a mountain hike in the Los Angeles area just north of Altadena, is part of the original route to the Colby Ranch homestead that was established by Delos and Lilian "Ma" Colby in 1895.

The trail begins at Colby Canyon Trailhead in the Angeles National Forest. At the center of the saddle, the elevation is 4,820 feet above sea level. The trailhead lies between Clear Creek Junction and Red Box Gap. This is located along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains (Front Range). The trail measures 2.2 miles and is the only trail that heads up Colby Canyon. The crest of the trail ends at the Josephine Saddle. The trail is generally accessible year round. The elevation change is about 1350 feet.

To find the trailhead, visitors can take Interstate 210 to Altadena, CA. From there, take Highway 2 into the Angeles National Forest. The trailhead should be about one mile past Clear Creek Ranger Station. The end of the trail at Josephine Saddle intersects with several other trails.

Within 10 to 15 miles of the trail, visitors can also enjoy Crystal Lake Recreation Area, Placerita Canyon State Park, Mount Wilson Observatory, Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Farnsworth Park, Pacific Asia Museum, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Huntington Library, and several campgrounds.

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