Beartrap Canyon Trail
For those who like to join trails, the Beartrap Canyon Trail is a great place to access the Santa Clara Divide Road. If you prefer dirt roads to paved ones, then you can take this route instead of the eastern sections of the Santa Clara Divide Road. It travels along the ridge tops of the San Gabriel Mountains and takes you to the north into Aliso Canyon.
The Beartrap Canyon Trail moves away from the ridge tops 5.6 miles from the eastern end of Santa Clara Divide Road and starts descending. Campers can drive down to access the small Big Buck USFS Campground. This is not a very large site but a relatively small camping area with not many facilities.
The trail continues downwards to the ridge between Gleason and Beartrap Canyons offering some very good views in the process. Mid way down this trail you find a short spur trail leading you to a narrow ridge. This route ends with an excellent viewing point and is used primarily to give access to power lines.
The end of the trail is in the Aliso Canyon and access to the shorter route is restricted. You have to move along the power lines for a while and then join in the paved road at the forest boundary.
Access to this trail is throughout the year, except in heavy rain or snow.
Maps and GPS Coordinates
Beartrap Canyon Trail Coordinates: 34.376333° -118.140167°