Fenner Saddle Road to Jackson Lake - Wrightwood, CA

Wrightwood, California (Los Angeles County)

Last Updated: 01/06/2019
4.9 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 03/20 - 12/15
Length: 5 miles
Highest Elevation: 6812 feet
Duration: About 50 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Wrightwood
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wrightwood
Official Road Name: 4N12 Fenner Saddle
Management Agency: U.S. Forest Service
District: Angeles Forest
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Highlight: Fenner Saddle Road to Jackson Lake - Wrightwood, CA
Are you looking for a nice short off road trail near Wrightwood to spend an hour or two? Well then, this is the trail for you. This trail winds through the Angeles National Forest from Highway 2, over to Big Pines Highway N4, and brings you out at Jackson Lake, a popular day use area, where you can picnic under shady pine trees, and, if you are so inclined, go fishing. Along the route are great vistas of the mountains and the Mojave desert to the north. Campgrounds can be found nearby along N4.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Start (0 mi)
Set your odometer to zero here. Take the trailhead to the right. Note that the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the highway just to the right of the trailhead. Lower trail to the left is a 3 mile trail that meets the end of paved Big Rock Creek Road, at the Big Rock Forest Conservation Camp (state prison). Trail to the right is West Blue Ridge Road that meets Fenner Saddle Road at the number 2 waypoint. Length of the trail is about 5 miles and ends at Jackson Lake and Big Pines Highway N4.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.373928, -117.752144

Starting Point: Wrightwood, CA.

From Wrightwood, CA., take Highway 2 north 8 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area at Vincent Gulch Divide. This is a parking area for people wanting to hike on the PCT. Parking lot is on the left, east, side of the road, and the trailhead is on the right, west side. Turn right and take the upper trail to the right.

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Trail Reviews (7)

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Status: Open
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My go to place for a quick off-road therapy! Some sections are still covered in snow, ice and mud. Fun, easy and very scenic trail. Easily done with any 4X4 and AWD vehicles. You'll end up in Mt. Oak campground and Jackson lake which is frozen at the moment.

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Status: Open
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Did this trail with my small hatchback AWD on a stock rims and suspension with All terrain tires. It is right next to Big Rock Trail. Super easy trail with amazing views, there are a few spots you can park and take pictures. You'll end up by Mt. Oak campground and Jackson Lake.

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Status: Open
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Awesome Trail!!! A great little ride through Wrightwood with beautiful views throughout the trail. The trail is fully open with no obstructions and no obstacles whatsoever. Only recommendation is to air down because there are small patches of rock gardens that may give street pressure tires some good bouncing. Ran the trail as intended from Vincent Gap and took the Pinyon Ridge detour to add to the trail duration. Pack some lunch and some fishing gear, cause you'll want to stop at Jackson Lake and spend some time relaxing.

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Status: Open
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Great quick trail with amazing views. Easily done with Subaru Forester. Trail gets a little narrow at certain spots and be careful of some of the larger boulders that have fallen. Looks like there was some trees that have fallen recently but they all have been cut so the trail is fully open. Next time up I will take advantage of the other trails close by.

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Status: Open
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This trail is very scenic; you'll enjoy vistas that stretch far across the Mojave desert while traveling through beautiful conifer forest. Just be sure to stop when you take in those views; taking your eyes off of this rocky, narrow shelf road while driving would be a VERY bad idea. This is a good trail to work out your fear of heights, as the drop-offs here are hundreds, if not thousands, of feet high. I took a couple opportunities to peek over the edge, and it made me a little queasy. There are stretches where the road is very rocky. I didn't air down (I usually run about 32psi on pavement) and there were a couple spots where I questioned that decision, both for comfort and due to the sharpness of some of the rocks. There are no obstacles to speak of, but there are two spots where you have to move toward the edge to get around a boulder and the remnants of a felled tree. Driving through the camp at the end of the trail is a little strange, especially when there are children present.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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The trail is closed for winter.

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Status: Open
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Fun and easy trail with great views! We were looking for a quick easy run and this was perfect. It is a well maintained dirt road without any challenges. It is narrow in most places but has turnouts for passing and taking in the views. It is very steep off the side, so take it easy on the corners. We paired it with the 4N56 Pinyon Ridge trail to make it a little longer.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is there something wrong with the topo measurements here? I am cross referencing other maps that say the altitude should be in the range of 5000-6000' but this is saying more like 2000'. Thanks, like the site so far.
–Laird Thomas (07/25/2018)
–kdbhiker (04/12/2021)
–Clifford (Cliff) Bennett (07/26/2018)

Writer Information

Clifford (Cliff) Bennett

Mapping Crew - California

A native Californian that has extensively traveled the Pacific Southwest, and now retired from an Engineering career with much time to spend off road. I enjoy off road travel exploring, and camping. Because I have the luxury of spending my days as I want, I am most interested in traveling overland and camping in dispersed sites. One thing I like about TrialsOffroad is the vast information about trails I have not traveled, and, to be able to set up a base camp and visit the nearby published trails. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved; I look forward to meeting many of you on the Trail.
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