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16C

Pine Mountain #1

9648'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 3 miles south of Wrightwood, 84 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Mount San Antonio 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Wright Mountain, Dawson Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 1/2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1700' total, 1500' out plus 200' on return
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Bernie Petitjean, March 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Go east on I-10 to I-15.
  • Go north on I-15 to SR 138. Turn left (west).
  • Go west on SR 138 to the junction with SR 2. Turn left.
  • Go southwest on SR 2 through Wrightwood and 4 miles further to the junction with N4. Keep left on SR 2.
  • Go 1.8 miles farther to a large parking area on both sides of the road. At the beginning of the left parking area is the Blue Ridge Road (dirt). Take this road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.3 mile, fork. Keep right.
  • At 1.4 miles, fork at a ski run. Keep left.
  • At 2.4 miles, Blue Ridge Campground (pavement ends).
  • At 5.1 miles, Guffy Campground on the left. Keep right and go through a gate.
  • At 5.6 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 7.2 miles, the road swings left around a ridge with a parking area on the right. Park here. This is also the trailhead for Wright Mountain and Dawson Peak.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • At the parking area (8310'), there is a spade marker with a red and white sign and a wooden sign with the legend "Sheep Mountain Wilderness".
  • Follow the obvious trail (quite steep in spots) over several bumps to Pine Mountain which is just to the left of the trail.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The gate at Guffy Campground is sometimes closed. It is possible to hike the peak from the campground via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which passes along the north side of the campground. See Route 2.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)

(Use if gate is locked on Route 1 at Guffy Campground)

Distance: 6 1/2 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2600' total, 2000' out plus 600' on return
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: George Wysup, July 2000

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Go east on I-10 to I-15.
  • Go north on I-15 to SR 138. Turn left (west).
  • Go west on SR 138 to the junction with SR 2. Turn left.
  • Go southwest on SR 2 through Wrightwood and 4 miles further to the junction with N4. Keep left on SR 2.
  • Go 1.8 miles farther to a large parking area on both sides of the road. At the beginning of the left parking area is the Blue Ridge Road (dirt). Take this road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.3 mile, fork. Keep right.
  • At 1.4 miles, fork at a ski run. Keep left.
  • At 2.4 miles, Blue Ridge Campground (pavement ends).
  • At 5.1 miles, Guffy Campground on the left. Keep left, go about 0.2 mile, and park at the east end of Guffy Campground (8250'). Do not occupy a campsite unless you plan to use it.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • Hike east past the outhouse, going along a ridge that leads down to the PCT. Follow the PCT past the intersection with the Acorn Trail (to Wrightwood).
  • Continue along the PCT for about 0.7 mile until the parking area (8310') for Route 1 is visible below you to your right.
  • Hike down to the parking area for Route 1. There is a spade marker with a red and white sign and a wooden sign with the legend "Sheep Mountain Wilderness" at the parking area.
  • Follow the obvious trail (quite steep in spots) over several bumps to Pine Mountain which is just to the left of the trail.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Drive to the trailhead for Gobblers Knob (6400'). See driving instructions for Gobblers Knob. Walk west along the PCT to the parking area for Route 1. The additional distance to the parking area for Route 1 is about 5 1/2 miles round trip with 2000' of additional gain. Class 1, strenuous.


SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The ridge up to the peak is also known as the "Other Devil's Backbone". It has very steep slopes on both sides and can be very dangerous in icy conditions.

The Blue Ridge Road goes through the top of a ski resort. This road is always closed at the SR 2 junction during the ski season.

The peak is in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes at this time.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 21-December-2005
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