Dawson Peak via Acorn Trail and North Backbone Trail

hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(8)
Sheep Mountain Wilderness

Dawson Peak via Acorn Trail and North Backbone Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wrightwood, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length10.4 miElevation gain4,593 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (8)
Photos (403)
Activities (7)
Completed (67)
View user's profile page
Nick Gantz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 26, 2021
Hiking

Absolutely stunning hike, amazing views. Would definitely recommend snowshoes/crampons, snow is hardly packed up 2/3 miles and getting to the peak was a little miserable in just gators and microspikes. GPS is a must as you’re trailblazing it atm with all the new snow

View Nick's activity
View user's profile page
Larry Hubbard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Awesome trail if your up for a LOT of elevation gain. Acorn trail from Wrightwood is in great shape with virtually no rocks or obstacles. Once on the PCT or parallel fire road you get a really nice leisurely stroll for < 1 mile until you get to the North backbone trail and then be prepared! The NBT is beyond hard and more like extreme with lots of up and down climbing on a very exposed, often knife edge ridge with lots of loose dirt, loose rocks and steep scrambles back and forth across the ridge. Bring gloves as hand holds on rocks and trees is common. Took me 50 mins. to cover this 1 mile (seems like 3) section of the journey. Well worth it if you like heights, wind and exposure. Once on the other side it's a tough uphill climb through pines and shale to Pine peak where the views make it all worth while. Awesome views of the back side of Baldy and Baden-Powell. Consider the 6-700 ft descent to the ridge connecting Dawson peak and the easy climb to its peak. (less then 30 mins.) But then be prepared for the tough climb back up to Pine peak before heading back as there is no other way around it. One of the most challenging and exhausting hikes I've found in the area.

View user's profile page
Michael Scarlett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
Hiking

Absolutely amazing and exhausting (:

View Michael's activity
View user's profile page
Lem Gonzales
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 26, 2020
HikingGreat!

The downhills were brutal to my knees and hips. MyTrail says 7.2 to the top but the return only indicated 6.2. Not sure where the 1mile go. 2liter water pack isn’t sufficient. I should have brought an extra water bottle.

View Lem's activity
View user's profile page
Lem Gonzales
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 26, 2020
HikingGreat!
View Lem's activity
View user's profile page
Bradley Bennett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2019
HikingScramble

This trail is an absolute killer. If there was a category above hard, like a red expert label, this hike would be it. Once you get to the north backbone trail you’ll have to be very aware of your steps. Couple 40% grades, loose rock, but well worth the pain as the views on this trail are unmatched. Start early.

View Bradley's activity
View user's profile page
Vic Hanson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 29, 2018
First to Review

A good, hard hike with great views an lots of elevation gain.

View user's profile page
Jim Harnish
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 3, 2020
Hiking
View Jim's activity