Condor Peak Trail Restoration

Condor Peak Trail Restoration

Lowelifes RCC has embarked on an ambitious project to restore the Condor Peak Trail in the Angeles National Forest.

Since the 2009 Station Fire, the 10 miles of singletrack trail has been in disrepair.  This backcountry trail is greatly missed by the diverse Southern California trail community of hikers, mountain bikers, & trail runners. Lowelifes has partnered with USFS to restore this gem of a trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, north of LA and Pasadena.

Current Status

Trail work hours as of November 2021: 1,934

Project Progress as of November 2021

Progress Map of Condor Peak Trail

Project Background + History

We estimate our Condor Peak Trail Restoration will span 18-24 months and require at least $25,000 in hard costs. As of November 2021, we have completed 1,934 hours of work, and the project mileage Is 65% complete. Thank you to our volunteers and supporters for getting us this far!

The backcountry terrain of Condor requires trail workers to haul in tools and supplies with human power.

Our local advocacy partner CORBA has a recent article on legislation to protect this area, including Condor Peak. CORBA has fought for many years to maintain mountain bike access to Condor Peak Trail as surrounding areas were designated as wilderness.

And here is a 2003 Pinkbike article on mountain biker activism to maintain access to Condor Peak Trail back in the day.

Latest Project Articles + Video

  • Condor Ridge. Going Deep.
    What seemed like a never-ending battle with decades-old root systems and well-established post-fire chaparral was finally behind us. After pushing through the other side of […]
  • We Reached Condor Saddle!
    The October 2021 campout and two days of work on upper Condor was a big one. It was great to have Brent from Kern River […]
  • August Campout: Middle of Nowhere, ANF.
    The restoration project on Condor keeps getting deeper and deeper into what we like to call Middle of Nowhere, ANF. The 2 miles beyond the […]
Video of our latest work session on Condor Peak Trail.