Buzzard's Roost via Pine Mountain Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Buzzard's Roost via Pine Mountain Trail 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.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,135 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


no dogs

Hike up Pine Mountain to Buzzard's Roost Lookout at 2150ft A hiking only trail

1 month ago

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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4 months ago

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

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

Sunday, January 07, 2018

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.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice hike with a pretty view. It would be helpful if trails were marked more clearly. We got lost a few times

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great views, pretty steep climb for the last part of the hike. Would give it 5 stars but the trail markings were unclear and we ended up adding an extra 3 miles of hiking trying to find our way up to the top.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great afternoon trail. Took us about 2 hours round trip.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Strenuous but doable, totally worth the effort for the views

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Loved the view and picnic at the top!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Fun hike you can do in a little over a couple hours and get a great view from the top. It's a nice workout with the climb, but not enough to be too much for those of us who haven't been hiking in a while :) Slowing the pace can allow any of your friends to tag along, nothing technical.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lots of climbing but in a good way; the views are rewarding. Glad we did this on the first day when we had lots of energy and were anxious to get moving.

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