This is a large-scale, easy-to-use map for people hiking and biking the trails that encompass the Chantry Flat recreation area in the Angeles National Forest. The map is hand-drawn and lettered with particular attention being given to trail junctions, stream crossings and points of interest.

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Physical Sizes: Chantry Flats Map is 15"x22". Trails of Wrightwood map is 28"x19"

Lightning Ridge Nature Trail – Wrightwood, CA


Posted on May 1, 2017 - Written by Chris Kasten

Now that it’s May and the days have started to warm up and lengthen,  consider walking the Lightning Ridge Nature Trail.  It’s up 7,300′ on the spine of the San Gabriel mountains.  This is high country with fabulous views in all directions.  A short drive west of Wrightwood, approximately 5 miles, takes you to the […]

Big Pines Nature Trail – Wrightwood, CA


Posted on April 19, 2017 - Written by Chris Kasten

Just went up to the Big Pines Nature Trail last week.  It was late in the day and thick, gold light was drifting down through the pines and slopes.  Located just three miles west of Wrightwood, this is a convenient spot to walk a gentle, half-mile loop up amongst some really large pines along with […]

Blue Ridge Trail Hike in Wrightwood, CA


Posted on April 9, 2017 - Written by Chris Kasten

It’s already far enough into the Spring to do the Blue Ridge Trail hike in Wrightwood, CA.  Yesterday, Joanie and I worked our way up the Blue Ridge Trail, which begins across the street from the old Big Pines Lodge just a few miles west of Wrightwood.   The air was fresh (mid 40′s) as […]

The Good Mountains of John Steinbeck


Posted on April 8, 2017 - Written by Chris Kasten

The Good Mountains of John Steinbeck were referred to in the timeless novel “Grapes of Wrath”, written back in 1939.  For some years I occasionally connected Steinbeck with this observation of the San Gabriel Mountains, as observed along Route 66, the “Mother Road”, traveled by thousands and thousands of migrants migrating to California from Oklahoma’s […]

Sturtevant Falls Hike


Posted on January 29, 2017 - Written by Chris Kasten

This is a great time for your Sturtevant Falls hike!   The recent storms to visit Southern California have brought abundant rain and snow to the drought parched San Gabriel Mountains.  26.60″ of rain has fallen at Chantry Flats as of this writing.  Measuring of the rain season begins on October 1st and concludes on […]

Mount Baden-Powell Hike


Posted on September 14, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

The Mount Baden-Powell hike is featured in the Trails of Wrightwood – Big Pines Map,  as well as 19 other trail hikes in the surrounding area.  The map is hand-drawn on weather-proof map paper.  Unfolded, it measures 19″ x 28″, giving a clear sense of how many of the trails are laid out in this […]

Big Horn Mine Trail Map


Posted on July 18, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

  A new Big Horn Mine trail map is now available through Canyon Cartography’s website with free shipping.  Also, a number of retailers in Wrightwood carry the map as well.  Mountain Hardware, Wrightwood Market, Jensen’s Market and the Grizzly Cafe are some some of the locations where you can pick up a trail map on […]

Hike Wrightwood – Twenty Good Reasons – At least!


Posted on June 20, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

There are at least twenty good reasons to hike Wrightwood during the spring and summer months.  While the front country of the San Gabriel mountains swelters under the summer heat and high humidity, there’s a beautiful place in the eastern high country where the air is lighter, cooler and a bit drier, too.  Gentle breezes […]

Trails of Wrightwood – Big Pines Hiking Map


Posted on March 7, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

The Trails of Wrightwood – Big Pines hiking map is now available!  This is a large-scale, hand-drawn,  trail map created on weatherproof / tear-proof paper and measures 19″ x 28″.  Folded dimension is 4.75″ x 7″. A banner listing of 20 trail hikes for the Wrightwood – Big Pines area is located at the top […]

Following the Old Sturtevant Trail Toward Chantry Flat


Posted on February 19, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

Following the old Sturtevant Trail toward Chantry Flat today, is to put it lightly, a challenging and slow-moving proposition through thick brush and steep rocky slopes.  Built back in 1895 by Wilbur Sturtevant and a cadre of other mountaineers of the time, this trail was once a main way into the Big Santa Anita Canyon […]