Back in the San Gabriel Mountains off of the Angeles Crest Highway for the third hike in a row. This repetition is really helping me better understand the layout of these mountains. This week I visited the site of a fire lookout tower atop Vetter Mountain, lost in the 2009 blaze that swept through this area. Instead of coming from the bottom of Charlton Campground I parked right off of the highway where Silver Moccasin Trail crosses over from Shortcut Canyon. Cloudless blue skies and temperatures in the low 60’s made for ideal conditions.