Burnt Peak Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Hughes, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles
1,007 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


over grown

washed out

Signal track out and back trail. 11 miles R/T with 3300' elevation gain. First 1.5-2.0 miles in fair condition then becomes badly over grown with a few washouts. This very strenuous trail goes from Maxwell Road to Fish Canyon.

29 days ago

The fire road that leads to the trailhead is currently in good condition. I have a high clearance vehicle and had no problems. Certain low clearance vehicles might be able to make it, albeit slowly. As for the hike itself, it's a straightforward on a closed fire road. It's not exciting, but there are expansive views in every direction. This is one of the few hikes i've been on where you see at least four mountain ranges. In this case, you can see the San Gabriel, Tehachapi, San Emigdio, and Sierra Pelona (which you're one). It's also very secluded, which I prefer. To make it worthwhile if you're coming from far away, I recommend doing this hike with nearby Sawtooth Mountain.

5 months ago

The worst part of this walk was the drive up, but even that I managed in a car with care - easy drive for a 4x4.
Unless it is for seasonal reasons, the hike is simply following the service path up to the VOR at the top which is well maintained.
Views at the top were good 360, the actual climb was gradual and there were plenty of shaded parts.
For me this was more of a middle-moderate than a hard.

6 months ago

Moderate/easy walk up Forest Service Road 7N23A up to the summit. With the early "June gloom," wasn't able to see beyond 20 feet, so sadly can't comment on the view. :-(

The next person up there should plan to replace the summit register: the can is not sealed, and mice have been chewing through the note pad.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Bikes down 3 miles, at which point trail becomes very overgrown. Hiked another 1/2 miles in, then out.

Seems like most people are confusing this trail with the fireroad, 7n23a, that leads to Burnt Peak.

10 months ago

Took the main road in and out. Not a bad hike. Great views at the top. The dogs loved it.

10 months ago

Hiked the first 1.2 miles in to where it first meets the creek bed, then back out. Trail was slightly overgrown. Only recent sign of human life were one set of dirt bike tracks heading what looked like up. Odd, perhaps they came down a fire cut somewhere else and ran into the trail, hoping it would take them back to a fire road.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

we booked up the Forest road from Pike canyon road. The road and accompanying views are OK. Nothing to get hot and bothered over. There's an FAA station at the summit with some cool views. A normal hiker would be satisfied with this. But not my friend and I. We saw the mountain ridge and trail (it wasn't a trail) South of Burnt peak and said to ourselves, "we can hike that. We're strapping young lads. What could possibly go wrong?"

Oh so very, very, very much. There IS a trail up along that South ridge, but getting there is less than ideal. The over/under growth is nearly impenetrable. Nearly, but barely. We were forced to plunge through the bushes, leap over those God forsaken pricker bush things, and army crawl AT LENGTH to make headway. Why would we do this, you may ask. Because we are all that is man. And that nearly got us killed.

As we bludgeoned our way down the South side of Burnt peak, the sun set slowly in the West. Once we reached the valley below, we made our way up the other side. That side was much, much worse. Not only were we fighting the growth, those stupid pricker bushes, and scrambling rocks, but now we were fighting steep uphill. We pushed/crawled through one thicket after another, found what we thought was the trail (it was a wash out of very loose dirt and stone) just to be confronted by another thicket. But higher and higher we climbed, when finally we came upon the summit, whereupon the 'trail' turned to the left. We followed this, climbed up steep, loose hills just to go down again. There was eventually a trail, a few markers (pink ribbons on the bushes), and signs of other human life. And mountain lion life. So there was that.

When the sun set we were still about 9ish miles from the trailhead. We kept the Burnt peak summit to our left and presumed where we had to head. Alas! At last we emerged from the bumbling trail onto a forest road. We followed this for what seemed like forever as dusk turned to outright night. But we DID make our way back to the trailhead: 22 miles and 5600 calories later. We were sore, torn up, very bloody, and exhausted beyond belief. But alive, thank God. But as I sit here in incredible pain, I think back on that little detour and am incredibly impressed with ourselves, the unforgiving power of the Socal wilderness, and our incredible stupidity. But we learned am important lesson: stay on the damn trials! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

There is a gated road from Sawmill Mt. Road/Maxwell Road intersection that leads to the top of Burnt Peak. This is a 5.2 mile out and back road with elevation gain of 1300'. Nice views. Just for fun bring along a copy of a foot print of a mountain lion. See if you can find a match in the road.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is a 11 mile R/T signal track out and back trail with 3300' elevation gain. Goes from Maxwell Road to Fish Canyon Trail. The trail is in fair condition for the first 2 miles with nice views and mostly shaded trail. Will drop down to a seasonal creek. Becomes badly over grown with a few washouts.

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