Named by USFS surveyor Don McLain (ca. 1933) for Victor P. Vetter (nd.), a dedicated Forest Ranger and fire dispatcher. Vetter won the USFS Bissell Medal for outstanding work in forest conservation (1930).
The Silver Moccasin Trail crosses the mountain on its eastern slopes.
The lookout tower was built in 1937 and remained in service until 1981. Ramona Merwin, a USFS Fire Lookout staffed the tower from 1953 until its closing. The tower was slated to be moved to the Chilao Visitors Center, but a group of active citizens in cooperation with the Forest Service were able to rebuild, restore, and return the tower to operational service in 1998.
Today the tower is operated by the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association (ANFFLA) citizen volunteers in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service.
|Northern Slope Vetter Mountain is between the "Chaparral" zone to the South, and the "Montane Forest" to the North. |
The "Chaparral" zone is found on the hot, dry, south facing slopes of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Plants are chest height, dense, prickly, and evergreen; typically contains Chamise, Yucca, Ceanothus, Scrub Oak, Laurel Sumac, White Sage Black Sage, Poison Oak, and in the higher elevations, Manzanita and Mountain Mahogany.
|Southern Slope Vetter Mountain is between the "Chaparral" zone to the south, and the "Montane Forest" to the north.|
The original name of the area was Pine Flat when it was renamed to Charlton Flat in honor of the"new" forest service's first Forest Supervisor, Mr. R.H. Charlton. Mr. Charlton served as the Angeles National Forest Supervisor from 1905-1925 (20 years).
Longitude: 34.29701 N
Latitude: -118.028474 W