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Buzzard's Roost via Pine Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Buzzard's Roost via Pine Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,135 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Hike up Pine Mountain to Buzzard's Roost Lookout at 2150ft A hiking only trail

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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Wear sturdy shoes with plenty of tread: the trail gets pretty rugged near the top. Watch for banana slugs but don't touch them; contact with human skin is hazardous to their health. Bring enough water and snacks to keep your energy up on the climb up to Buzzard's Roost. Best time to go: Winter, when the skies are clearest, offers impressive vistas looking out over Big Basin and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Summer will probably be too warm, but spring and fall will be fine.

Directions from Mt. Laguna, CA: The trail is accessed from the Pioneer Mail Trailhead located along Sunrise Scenic Byway.

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Sarah Mackey
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I love this hike. It is definitely not easy, so expect some tough rocky spots especially toward the end. I got to the trail head about 20 minutes after Big Basin opened and didn’t see a single person on my way up. I recommend going early because the latter leg of the trail is uncovered and sunny. I’ve done this hike a few times—sometimes the peak is sunny, other times windy and foggy. Bring layers!

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Tina Risley
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beautiful stroll for the first part of the hike...the second half is much more strenuous and completely worth it. my boys and I did it in 2.5 hours with a stop at the top to soak it all in.

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Katharine Bierce
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Great cardio: reasonably steep climb all the way to the top. First leg of it has a lot of people but once you get past Blooms creek it’s pretty quiet. Recommend coming on a weekday to get a parking spot.

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Alan Schwartz
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No bugs. In fact no people on trail when we went (around 0900on 7/24). We had the summit to ourselves

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Javier Rodriguez
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Robert Kasse
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John Martin
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Best bird’s eye views in Big Basin State Park. Steep climb but worth it.

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Azizah Tohiet
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A good way to get your heart rate up for some beautiful views. The hike up this trail is tiresome, so definitely pack your water. Once you get to the top it’s so worth it!

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Miranda Hagre
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Absolutely my new favorite trail here. Multiple gorgeous viewpoints and just strenuous enough to get a good heart rate going. Wear good shoes - terrain is a bit choppy toward the top.

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Aimée Wilbur
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Great hike, we didn't see a single person along the way today (12/29/19). Made it to Buzzards Roost before the rain started and then had a lovely rainy forest walk back.

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Lisa Frank
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Britta Mae Jones
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This was such a beautiful and rewarding trail. Probably my favorite one in California so far. Massive, unbelievable redwoods. A gorgeous view at the top. The incline grade was steady, consistent and pretty gentle on the body. Only a bit steep in just a couple of places. Have to crawl over a freshly fallen redwood. Our hike read as closer to 6 miles round trip from our parking. Most of the path is packed dirt, but I would say this trail is not the best for those who are aren’t sure-footed. I recommend hiking poles for those who need a bit of support, and I really benefited from my rugged hiking shoes. Bring layers because it was very cold at the bottom of the trail, and super toasty about 1/2 way up and on!

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Dwight Alfaro
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Out and back to a peak so 2 miles up hill then 2 miles back down. Easy to get to from the campsite. The first half the ascent is steady and gets a little steep towards the end. At around the 1 mile mark stay on the pine mountain trail towards the right and not on the fire road. The second half of the ascent narrows and gets rockier. Some rock faces to climb so you will need to use your hands. Towards the peak is a pure granite climb that is domed. Awesome views are rewarding. Totally exposed at top so watch your sun exposure. No celll reception at the bottom but surprisingly so at the top.

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Joe .
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hard to see where trail turns off the road

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Ron Gasparinetti
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Long strenuous climb up but rewarding at the top. Ate my lunch perched on a rock with the world at my feet.

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Joe Faux
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Kay Lynne
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Brought an older hike group up the trail on a quiet weekday in the park. It was a clear, sunny day in the 70s and since most of the trail is shaded, very comfortable, even the open exposure at the top. What a great place to have lunch! Love the views and going from redwoods into chinquapin and knobby pines. Most had trekking poles and all were well prepared with good footwear. This was helpful for the bit of rock climbing needed along the trail. The trail is mostly single track, so put your faster pace hikers in the front as long as they can be relied on to read a map or interpret park signage. Having been here before, we didn't take any wrong turns on the trail but our total mileage was more like 4.7 miles with 1200' elevation gain.

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Laura Klask
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Good workout on a quiet trail, even on Labor Day. Most of the hike is in the shade, but the top is in the sun. I wore my Sketchers walking shoes and they were just fine. You do need to climb a couple of boulders, but nothing too hard.

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Lucy Romero
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This a great hike with just enough elevation to give you a great workout. It isn’t super crowded so you’ll find yourself pretty alone most of the hike if you start off early enough. Pretty shady and simply beautiful

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Shweta Nanajkar
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Good workout! gains elevation at reasonable pace. Trail is pretty shady. No shade at the top. We hiked in March so was not that hot when we reached the top. Views are amazing once you get to the top. Signs along the trail are not so clear, we got the trail info from info desk before starting. I have read reviews that if we get lost, it adds up few miles to your hike. Did not see lot of people while on trail, not so crowded. Some parts of the trail are narrow but just walk carefully, its totally doable. Couple of big rocks which come in your way and you have to climb and get to the other side to continue. Loved the trail and will come back!

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James Smith
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great hike ;babies in backpack as well as an 8 year old.adults from 30 to 62.everybody enjoyed the hike and the view

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Miyuki Newman
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It was a good work out trail and took us about 2hours and half on slow pace with my 9years old son. At the top, the view was so beautiful, absolutely worth to try this trail. We passed a couple of groups.

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Gabriele Corbella
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Great secluded hike very quiet and the views from the top are outstanding.

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Sophia Kovanis
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A great view from the top of the surrounding valleys. A bit tricky to find the trail but grab a map from the ranger station and they can point you in the right direction Took about 2 hrs

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Samantha Nowierski
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Very quiet and nice trail with great views at the top. We went midday on a Friday and did not see any other hikers on the trail. It took us about 2.5 hours in total.

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Rob Horne
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Good hike. Good shade. There are some good up hills on the way in.

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