The crash site I was looking for was of a C-46A Commando that crashed on 2/20/44. The USAAF C-46A #41-12363 crashed in bad weather, none of the four crew members survied the accident.
Also the C-119 Flying Boxcar #53-3195 crashed 600 feet above on the same slope on 9/30/66.
The Angeles Crest Highway was closed just past Cedar Springs. The GPS showed the trailhead was close and I had enough time so decided to go for it.
While walking to the trailhead, met up with some Caltrans workers. They were clearing the road side of dead trees before they could fall on the highway. They told me the reason the road was closed was because of the Yellow Legged Frog???
Found this sign near the trailhead. Good thing I was going up and not down the canyon.
View of the Mojave Desert, from the ridge.
Hiking along the ridge.
This giant sized mountain quail was trying to get me to follow him, must have a nest near by.
After looking for a while, I spotted something. It was about 1000 feet away. The photo was taken with a lot of zoom. Though the lens I couldn't tell if it was a piece of the plane or a rock.
The north slope was steep and very loose. It was really hard making my way down. I was already worrying about how I was going to climb back out.
The first piece I found. Thinking that it might be part of the C-119 that's above.
It took me over half an hour to climbed down 600 feet but there it is.
I'm here but still having a hard time getting to it. My legs are like rubber.
Me with the tail section of the C-46A. Surprised to see no other wreckage in sight.
The right horizontal stabilizer was cut off.
Top view of the right stab. Looks like it was cut off with an ax.
The number can still be read on this sun faded south side 112363.
Only the lower section of the rudder remains.
Inboard section of the elevator.
Front view of the stab stub.
Intresting to see how the stab is attached to the fuselage. Hole looks like an air intake.
A visitor from 1958 left his name and address on the stab's fairing.
When I saw the tree, thought that it tore it's way in from the side.
This rail isn't broken, looks like the tree speared it when the tail fell on it.
View of the tail as I start walking around to the other side.
This shot shows the steep angle of the slope. The tree is holding the tail on the slope.
Close up of the tail cone. Looks like someone removed all the covers.
The paint on this side is in better shape.
View of the other side.
Number is clear on this side. The aircraft's S/N is 41-12363.
The star is barely visible on the USAAF insignia.
One of the few pieces other than the tail at the site. Think that the rest might be down below. I'm way to tired to go any lower on the slope. Still worried about climbing up.
Front view. It's hard to tell just how large this tail section is by these photos.
This piece has a part number. There's also an inspection stamp below the number.
Mount for something???
Rack on the ceiling.
This sign is titled Life Raft Stowage.
Looking into the tail cone, the tree can be seen.
Another view inside the tail cone from the outside.
Last look as I start the climb out.
This is going to be bad. It's loose, two steps forward one back. It's hot and humid, only can do ten feet at a time. Took me 1.5 hours to climb 600 feet. Think that's a record for me.
As I neared the ridge, I looked to my right and saw more aircraft wreckage. Turned out to be more pieces of the C-119 Flying Boxcar that I hiked to last December. Then I only looked on the south slope due to all the snow on this side.
Thought this large piece was part of the wing. turned out to be the horizontal stab.
It's upside down with one of the vertical stabs (fin) neatly folded under it. The elevator was gone.
Had to lay on the ground to get this shot of the number on the fin, 33195. The C-119's S/N is 53-3195.
Electrical connector and wires on what little remains of the rudder.