Last update August 28, 2014
The Microwave Site trail run out of Chantry Flat now run on the last Wednesday of August. We call it the microwave site trail run because it goes up to where a microwave relay bill board reflector is mounted on the side of the hill as well as other radio communication repeaters. The dirt road we follow was built to service these repeaters. The bill board reflector can easily be seen from most of Arcadia and Monrovia. The hill it is mounted on is actually Mt. San Olean near where Santa Anita Ridge connects with Manzanita Ridge.
From the Chantry upper parking lot, the trail goes west up the paved road past the gate and Upper Winter Creek trail head to the Heliport. Take the dirt road to the right (2N41) all the way up to the end. Check when sunset is and plan your start time accordingly for the 3.6 miles one way up hill - walkers typically take 1:15 to 1:30. As an alternative, there is a steep single track short cut trail behind the shed at the Heliport that goes straight up the ridge line to the dirt road and cuts off at least a mile. Watch the sunset atop the Starship Enterprise - actually a water collection cistern. There is a trail continuing up the ridge from the cistern that connects with Manzanita Ridge, but is currently overgrown. At a point where the ridge intersects above the cistern there is a trail back down that meets the dirt road just up from where the heliport shortcut joins if you want to make a loop. Bring a flashlight for the return trip and picnic dinner, drinks and a folding chair for after. The gate now closes at 8PM, so you will either have to leave the parking lot by 7:50 PM or make sure some one going down later has a key and follow them down.
Chantry Flat is all the way north into the mountains on Santa Anita Ave from Arcadia - see directions.
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