Arrowhead Pinacles Trail

HARD 103 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.

4.6 miles
1099 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers




20 days 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.

22 days 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.

28 days 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.

29 days ago

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

30 days 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.

1 month ago

Great views and a good hike.

2 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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Stay to the right on the way up!

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

This is a great hike for early morning or evening. Don't go during the day throughout the summer-- lots of rattle snakes. There is a lot of rock climbing on this trial and keeps the hike interesting.

rock climbing
8 months ago

When you start getting close to all the enormous rocks every which way, make sure to keep heading straight through to the furthest rock straight ahead just a little bit longer and then ur there. Try to stay right as much as you can throughout hike; if I veered anytime left I tended to get lost and end up in mush and dead bushes. Before a large fire completely wiped out most of this trail this hike probably had more lush and greenery... but the fire burned mother nature looked kinda cool too. NO SHADE except behind rocks. People come up and boulder off the tall rocks too!! When u get to the top keep climbing inside to sign ur name in the box:)

9 months ago

For me, an out of shape old man, this is a challenging hike especially near the top of the trail. You have to be careful not to follow the wrong trail at a couple of spots, so keep your eyes open for where other hikers tried to mark the wrong direction by piling up sticks and rocks. You will want to be in decent shape and limber for this hike because you will be doing some scrambling. I recommend comfortable hiking boots (not sneakers), a liter of water or so, snacks, sunblock, a compass and good map for a nice day's climb with great views.

9 months ago

Great hike. We went on a great day, clear skies, cold breezy wind. Made it to the top, wonderful view. Worth it!

9 months ago

Went on a day hike with some friends here in March. With some less experienced hikers it took roughly three hours round trip. The views are gorgeous and the nature is beautiful and entertaining along the way. I will echo the sentiment of others - Have GPS and/or a good map. It is very easy to get turned around here.

9 months ago

This is such a great hike! It gets pretty steep and towards the top the trail disappears a little from the fire and the rain, but honestly if you just keep climbing up you will find it! Great view! A little windy though so definitely bring a light jacket and chapstick.

9 months ago

Great Trail!

9 months ago

trail head starts at either the sign, or down the road near the fence of the shooting range. Very clearly marked. Great spring hike as the temps were bearable. shade was scarce except under large rocks. follow the green trail markers and you should be fine, but generally you're going to want to head up towards the rocks, so it isn't a problem if you lose the trail. Burn zone was an surreal environment. Great hike for our dog as there weren't many people.

9 months ago

Great hike! Great work out!

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