Summary: If you are afraid of heights or have weak knees, do not attempt this hike. It is just as hard coming off this mountain as it is going up. This hike is a no-nonsense, " take me to your leader," straight up the side, kick in the butt trail, and I am not exaggerating. The hike goes straight up the ridge the entire trail.
For switchback haters: This trail contains 0 switchbacks!
If you are in excellent shape, it should be relatively easy, and when you get to the top, you may decide to continue to Dawson. I didn't bring enough food and I had to be at an event, or I might have gone all the way to Baldy. It looked very tempting.
This is a great hike with sweeping views of all the large mountains in Southern California. You don't get an actual 360', it is around 300' on both sides of the peak. This is a great hike that could be done in a really short amount of time. Highly recommended!
Also, you will not have much company on this trail, even on a Saturday.
Trailhead: Take Highway 2 through Angeles National Forest. The turnoff to Blue Ridge West Road is just across from Inspiration Point and just West of Wrightwood. Follow this road for 7 miles to Guffy Campground. It might be hard to find parking, you just have to make do. You can follow the road or the PCT (it follows the road all the way to the trail.)
The trail itself is not marked, except for a Sheep Wilderness sign and a Burn Area - Hazards sign. It is easier to spot from the road, but there is a bit of a usage trail to the trailhead.
If you pass the ridge leading up to Pine Mountain (it is the giant peak looming in front of you) you will have gone too far. (Lat:34.31376 Lon:-117.64437)
Trail Guides for Pine Mountain from Guffy Campground:
Trails of the Angeles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Angeles national Forest Big Pine Station
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Rachel on 9/16/2012
I just got back from this hike and I have to say, it's not for solo hikers or the faint of heart. It's nice because it's not crowded AT ALL, but bring a buddy because coming down that trail after hiking to wherever you turned around at (I hiked to Dawson but was a bit daunted at attempting the last leg to Baldy) is a little precarious as your legs will be spent and the rocks are very loose over some narrow ridge trail. It's a great buttkicker if you're training and the views are pretty incomparable (I love seeing the north side of Baldy). Make sure you budget the right amount of time to get there though, it took me an hour longer than I expected because the last 7 miles on Blue Ridge Rd are slow going on a pretty rough dirt road.
Reviewed by Chris on 6/1/2011
Just did Pine Mtn. on 5/28/11 and it was a great hike to the peak. We left from Acorn in Wrightwood. The hike up Acorn, across the PCT and then up the ridge to Pine was great. Quite a bit of snow on the last 3rd, but ok with no technical gear. We decided to loop through Fish Fork and back up to PCT and back down Acorn. The trail from the Dawson Peak trail to the ridge above Lupine Campground was almost impossible to follow, completely overgrown and sometimes washed out. Would definitely do Pine, Dawson, Baldy another trip, not so sure about Fish Fork. Photos here:https://picasaweb.google.com/101427912178864183789/PineMtnFishForkLoop#
Reviewed by KSouza on 10/4/2010
The hike to Pine Mountain was not that bad, however it had some rough areas. Made such good time decided to continue on to Mt. Baldy. 7.5 hours total time to Mt. Baldy and back to the car. Highly recommend this hike.
Reviewed by Jim on 6/1/2009
This was a heck of a hike. Definitely not for amateurs. Poles, gloves, and light pack a must. It is quite steep and high drop offs. The summit is amazing, getting there is a real challenge. The trail starts off the lower level fire road, take a right at the marked Guffy Campground fork, there is a space about a mile 1/2 to 2 miles down this road where two vehicles or so can fit. There is the Sheep Mtn Wilderness sign slightly below the park area, easy to miss, so really look for it. Pine Mtn and the steep ridge trail will be in view centered to your right. Be careful and enjoy!
Reviewed by David on 6/29/2008
Great hike I continued on to Dawson. For those who like a challenge you can continue on to Baldy. Perhaps the nicest high country in the San Gabriels with VERY few people.
Reviewed by Bruno on 6/22/2006
To add a little spice, I attempted Pine Mountain from Wrightwood (Acorn trail) in the snow (Mar 25th). NOT recommended without winter equipment and experience! Didn't see anybody the entire day. For those interested, here are some pictures: http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e378/luciano136/Southern%20CA%20Hikes-Mountains/Pine%20Mountain%20attempt%20Mar25th%202006/ Either way, gereat hike! Absolutely love it!!
Reviewed by G,Salvatore on 6/17/2006
Was planning on joining thr hike for 6-17-20006 but seeing my vechile is a non 4 wheel drive it made it a far as the Blur Ridge Campground.I then returned to Insperation Point and hiked to within about 2 miles of Guffy before i started to run out of water.Since this was going to be a warm up hike for me before i attempt MT.Fuji in July i found it very demanding for a novice like myself.This hike told me i am not ready yet.
Reviewed by Arlene on 5/30/2006
Didn't quite get to Guffy, but parked at Inspiration Point and went on the Pacific Crest Trail towards Guffy and back. Beautiful expansive views on either side of the crest. At one point we even encountered some swirling mist going over the crest which was just beautiful. Because of this hike I am now a BIG fan of the Pacific Crest Trail now and cannot wait to see more.
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