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13H

Pinyon Ridge

6535'
(UTM 308060)

Location: Los Angeles County, about 12 miles southeast of Pearblossom, 63 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Valyermo 7½, Mescal Creek 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 900'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, June 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 50 miles to Vincent Gap. (This is the parking area for Route 3.)
  • From Vincent Gap continue 5.1 miles on SR 2 to the intersection with Big Pines Highway (N4). Turn left.
  • Drive 4.9 miles to mileage marker 6.72 adjacent to a private campground marked on the topo as "All Nations Camp" which is now under new management. Do not drive into the camp. Park along N4.

(If driving west from Wrightwood, go just past the Ranger Station near the Mountain High ski area to N4 and turn right onto N4.)

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5600'), hike up the ridge on the right of the camp, picking up a trail. The trail begins just past the 6th building on the right.
  • Follow this trail to where it meets a road at saddle 6360+.
  • Turn right onto the road and hike less than 1/2 mile to the top of the ridgeline.
  • Continue about 75 yards past stake "AA10" at the top of a gentle rise.
  • The summit cairn is 40 yards north of the road in the brush.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 120' round trip
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, June 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 50 miles to Vincent Gap.
  • Turn left on a dirt road that heads uphill. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • Go right at an immediate fork.
  • At 0.9 mile, fork. Go left.
  • At 2.8 miles, fork in a saddle. Keep left.
  • At 3.2 miles, park about 75 yards past stake "AA10", at the top of a gentle rise.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • The summit cairn is 40 yards north of the road in the brush.

NOTES

The gate on the dirt road at Vincent Gap may be closed. Contact the USFS Big Pines Information Station, PO Box 1011, Wrightwood, CA 92397 (760) 249-3504 for information about the status of the gate at Vincent Gap.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)

This is the hiking route for Route 2 if the gate is closed.

Distance: 6 1/2 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1200' total, 600' out plus 600' on return
Time: 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Tom Hill, June 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 50 miles to Vincent Gap. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking area at Vincent Gap (6593'), hike north on the dirt road that heads uphill. One mile up this road, a second road comes in from the left.
  • Turn left (north and downhill) for 3/4 mile on this road which switchbacks southwest in the process of losing 350' of elevation to another road junction.
  • Take the right fork (north) and follow the road to saddle 6360'+ just south of the summit.
  • Head north beyond the saddle less than 1/2 mile to the top of the ridgeline.
  • Continue about 75 yards past stake "AA10" at the top of a gentle rise.
  • The summit cairn is 40 yards north of the road in the brush.

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Published 23-December-2005
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