I am new to hiking but so far this place is my favorite place to go! It's so beautiful and so relaxing. Multiple trails to choose from and nice scenery no matter what trail you choose. Definitely will make a habit to come here every month!
This really is a great trail. If you want to do the whole trail, I recommend starting by noon so that you have enough time to finish the trail. The trail is clearly marked so you cant get lost. I met several people along the trail and they were all very friendly. There are benches along the trail where you can stop, eat, rest and enjoy the surroundings. You start to see the benches after mile marker 4. The mile makers are clearly visible. The views from the top of the mountain are awesome; you are going to be surprised as to how high you were on the mountain once you get towards the end of mountain trail and start your descent towards the valley floor. No bathrooms on the trial, but there is a bathroom at the beginning of the trail. I took my walking stick, which helped during the first part of the trail since you are climbing up a steep incline. If you take your dog with you, there are no clean up bags on the trail. There are also maps and an info board near the parking lot. There was a bike trail too; but have yet taken it. Enjoy the hike and views.
Paved road all the way to trail head, easy access. Several trails to choose from, however the farther back you get the harder the trail is to find. We ended up cutting through a field to get on the bike trail. Reflection Pond is a SEASONAL pond. We made it all the way there just to find the pond was dry. Easy hike, would like to do it again in the spring after the rainy season.
This is a nice trail with an amazing view at the end as a payoff. The antennas definitely detract from the atmosphere on Mt. Pinos. More adventurous hikers can continue on the Vincent Tumamait trail to Sawmill Peak, which is a tougher hike, but has great views and a really large cairn. Our trip from the Alpine Parking lot to Sawmill and back came out to 7.6 miles and we did it in a little under 4 hours with a long lunch stop.
When I lived in Los Angeles, this was my favorite place to go to escape the city. Just a few hours drive north of LA, and you are at the trail head. There is an ample parking area at the trail head, with a rest room. The trail is clearly marked.
This is an alpine trail with forest and meadow views, and some very nice long distance views from the top. Be advised that this is an alpine trail, and can get cold fast. (When my Thai wife first came to LA, she wanted to see snow, so this is where I took her.) Check the weather conditions before going. It may be tee shirt weather in LA and snowing on Mount Pinos.
We did this trail yesterday, and it was my second time. I remembered it being really difficult. It was just as painful the second time as it was the first. This trip, we took the offshoot to Sawmill peak, the highest point in Kern County. I recommend taking this short detour.
My advice is don't take beginners on this hike, or maybe go Pinos to Sawmill and turn around. 14 miles is a long hike for a day, but if you're training for a big hike at around 8000 feet with lots of climbs and descents, this one's for you. Bring lots of water, as you won't find any on the trail.