Last week Southern California was in the grips of a heat wave so I decided not to hike. Instead I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway and into the San Gabriel Mountains, stopping at various landmarks, campsites and trailheads so I could better familiarize myself with the area. The first 30 or so photos are from that drive. I come back this week to Mount Hillyer and a great hike on beautiful day. The conditions were perfect for me, cool and clear with swirling clouds decorating the sky. The trails leading to the top of Mount Hillyer are well maintained and, for the most part, easy to follow. There’s a real mountainous feel to the area with it’s pine trees and clean, crisp air. This lollipop shaped hike is only moderately difficult.