Arrowhead Pinacles Trail

HARD 154 reviews

Arrowhead Pinacles Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Arrowhead, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike! Easy to get turned around on the way up, though unplanned diversions are really beautiful either way. Gorgeous views from the top, lightly trafficked, very peaceful out there.

hiking
9 days ago

it's a good lung stretcher.

19 days ago

amazing experience

20 days ago

This hike is as advertised. Great out and back trail that at times is hard to follow. There is definitely some bouldering skills necessary as you reach the summit. Took me longer than I anticipated mostly because the trails are not always well marked. It would not be a good hike for beginners but I enjoyed the challenge. Not much shade so an early morning or late afternoon may be best. Bring plenty of water and something to put in the box at the summit.

hiking
25 days ago

We loved this hike. The view of the top is an excellent and unexpected view of Victor Valley. Make sure you bring something to add to the geocache at the top. There was some good stuff up there when we went. We looked for climbing routes and we did a little bouldering on the way back. The trail was a little tough to follow some times but it made it an adventure.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with some fun scrambling at the end. Too bad the power of Christ compelled some dipshit to spray paint a gobbledygook bible passage on a boulder at the peak.

1 month ago

Very fun trail with awesome views!

hiking
2 months ago

I grew up hiking on this trail and still love it. The 360 views from the top are definitely worth the trek.

2 months ago

There is a mystery box at the end!

Beautiful views and beautiful flowers! No shade and tough hike for a beginner! But very satisfying!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail to follow. Beware of all the Poodle Dog Bush!

4 months ago

This is a fun trail that weaves throughout boulders ascending pretty fast. My kids love it! The views are amazing at the top and there are several large boulder areas to climb on top of for great picture taking.

4 months ago

Run this trail every other day. And every time I notice something different. There are some burn areas from last years fire but it gives the views great contrast. Run hills not treadmills

hiking
4 months ago

Great time of year to go the flowers are in bloom!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike. The trail basically ends at a certain altitude, then it’s a rock climbing journey. Great times, the peak has an amazing view.

5 months ago

After the fires its kind of hard to stay on the trail. Look for orange ribbons as markers or rocks stacked up to show you where the trail is. Lots of loose gravel so becareful on the way down.

5 months ago

Hard to stay on tail for there are minimal direction signs. Recommend scouting out and possible completing before taking kids.

6 months ago

Not much to look at while hiking. Need a gps to stay on the trail otherwise you’ll end up billy hosting up the rocks

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is not for the faint hearted or the directionally challenged. Amazing hike and beautiful views. The trail is hard to follow and a good challenge. My GPS and AllTrails worked the entire time. I still had a hard time figuring out how to climb to the top. You have the scale rocks but it was worth it! My dog made it too.

hiking
8 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike and would recommend it to anyone in the area. I would rate this closer to Hard than Moderate as you gain nearly 1000 feet in elevation in about 2 miles on loose sand and boulders. As previous folks have mentioned, the trail is not well marked and the first mile or so has many misleading paths. They all seem to connect back to the main trail, at least the wrong paths that we followed. As you get closer to the pinnacles, cairns are more abundant. And the final ascent is well worth the trek. Stick to the right and look for cairns every 15-20 feet (and add a few of your own). Also, I would not rate this as a dog friendly trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Def one of my favorite trails in the area. Great post-fire photo ops! As stated, the trail could use better markers, but just look for previous footprints, use common sense and look for markers and you'll be fine.
on the final ascent up the rocky mound, stick to the right and look for the small rock-piles that others have left to help guide the way.

hiking
8 months ago

As others have said Trail is not marked. We just headed up. Lol We took a lot of pics which slowed are ascent and didn’t finished due to concerns about sunset approaching. Some spots were literally crawling over rocks at a deep angle. I’m 60 in April in good shape and made it up. Great photo op. trail.

8 months ago

It was a nice up and down but quite steep rocky and gravelly at the end. The scenery was worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. Lost the trail many times. Won't get lost as in survival lost. Just head South and you'll find the main road. Climbing the pinnacles was also kind of difficult. Knowing which way to go up and down also. Using Alltrails is a really good way of staying on trail. Problem is I forgot to turn it off when we got back to the trail head and it recorded all the way to Big Bear Lake. Ooops. Had to delete it. Gloves would be good to take for the rocks and Manzanita.

hiking
9 months ago

Great views and a good hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Certain spots weren't week marked but the view at the end was pretty great. Brought our boys club on this home and even the younger ones did pretty well.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great workout hike for moderate hikers through an eerie desolate landscape. Trail can be a little difficult to follow at times but if you slow down and look for footprints you can pick it up again. The trailhead is right next to a firing range so the first mile can be a little noisy.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

If you're looking for a good workout then do this trail; it's not the most beautiful trail in September, but has potential. I'm sure in the spring when in it's covered in flowers or at the start of winter with a little bit of snow on the ground would make this a more visually appealing hike. Lots of ups and downs making it a good, but not too strenuous of a hike - once we reached the base of the pinnacles we had to turn back because we didn't feel comfortable climbing and the trail disappeared - from the previous months rains or from the fire that seemed to have rolled through there not that long ago. As a pretty avid hiker... I would rate this as moderate

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stay to the right on the way up!

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful desert landscape and views, moderately difficult when going up to the top. Dog friendly:)

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