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Location.png 34.2984, -118.1761

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Parent regions RegionIconUp.png North America
RegionIconUp.png United States
RegionIconUp.png California
RegionIconUp.png Southern California
RegionIconUp.png San Gabriel Mountains
RegionIconUp.png Big Tujunga Region
ACA Rating 3A I
Typical time 2 hr-4 hr
Hike 1.2 miles
0 ft gain on approach
580 ft on exit
Rappels 3, Longest 200 ft
Shuttle None
Permits required? No



Napoleon is a very short drainage close to Josephine Creek with three nice rappels.

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Park at the Josephine Creek trail head and cross the guard rail at the top of Napoleon. Descend to the trail, cross it, and continue down the drainage. You should see a pine tree with a crooked top, this is near the top of the first rappel.



R1: 200 ft, anchored from a dead bush 140 ft down canyon from the trail.

R2: 145 ft, anchored from a tree down canyon left 30 ft from drop.

R3: 80 ft, anchored from a tree down canyon left 25 ft from drop.


Watch for rock fall and be sure to stay out of the fall zones.


Turn right and hike up stream in Big Tujunga until Josephine Creek enters on the right (LDC). Follow the Big Tujunga exit at Josephine Creek back to the trail head. As you come around the ridge looking up toward Josephine you will see a steep use trail on your right that connects to the trail from Josephine.

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Descended and beta created on November 20, 2013, by Benjamin Pelletier and Alden Anderson. They were, however, not the first to explore this drainage.

First known descent in 2007 by Ken King, Suzanne Tinaka, et al.


Named after the short but powerful French emperor due to it's proximity to Josephine Creek and the brevity of the descent.

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Beta contributed by (contributors needed, you could be the first). KML map by (unknown). Cover picture by (unknown). Please read the Disclaimers.