Mount Williamson and Pleasant View Ridge via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Mount Williamson and Pleasant View Ridge via Pacific Crest Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar Springs, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles
2,345 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



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This trail approaches Mount Williamson and Pleasant View Ridge from a parking area before the Hwy 2 tunnels. It is slightly shorter than the trail from Islip Saddle. There are some steep sections 1) Near the summit of Mt Williamson and 2) About 2.6 miles in (steepest section on this trip). Plenty of trees and shade. There are significant amounts of Manzanita along the trail below the summit of Williamson and there ARE rattlesnakes that shade under them. If it is a hot day, be extra careful when trekking through the Manzanita.

22 days ago

I went there last week. Trailhead is a little hard to spot. just a small turnout to park in. Location on should get you to it. Easy trail to follow. A continuous incline. Rock slide climb for shortcuts. Fair amount of shade spots (enough that I kept taking breaks in them every 30 seconds) It is a very nice view few hours from sunset. Reached the top with sore calves. We came back down and it was already night time driving back. Cool break from light pollution. Realized we stopped at the top. Went about 3.5 miles out and back. Didn't know to keep going. Quiet and empty trail. Great for solitude. Nothing but the wind through the trees and the local wildlife (birds, lizards, and squirrel. - saw no snakes, gladly).

One of the best hikes I've been on with the best view of mountains.

1 month ago

Great hike to the crash site. Started at Eagles Roost to Mt Williamson to Pleasant View Ridge.

2 months ago

Pretty hike, a steady uphill climb of 1300 ft elevation change that follows the PCT for the first 1-1/2 miles or so before it veers off to the peak of Mt Williamson for the last 500 ft. As others mentioned, continue following the Pleasant View Ridge to the next peak after Mt Williamson for a better 360 degree view and a guestbook to sign. I found that it wasn't worth following Pleasant View Ridge once you get to the third peak (at about 2.5 mile into the hike) and right before the steep dropoff to the (lower) fourth peak and the fork in the road. I found that the view after the dropoff and at the end of this map's route wasn't worth it, and the steep climb back up to the third peak lacked any helpful switchbacks, so it was very challenging. Overall, a good solid day hike that can be completed in a few hours.

2 months ago

Followed the pct for the first stretch, then turned left at the junction to Mt Williamson. After summiting the mountain, you can continue further down a steep slope, then back up, then back down. The trail splits to continue pleasant view ridge on the left or to the ridge on the right where you can see old airplane wreckage about .5 miles in.

Overall fun trail with challenges and great views. I went on a rainy cloudy day in Los Angeles and the clouds were like a blanket laying over the basin below. Very scenic!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Made it to the top 1 week ago. There's plenty of shade until you get to the top of the mountain, then another two miles to the end. The trail is not easy to follow 5 miles into the hike, sometimes found yourself rock climbing just to follow the path. Overall, there were some advantage points with breathtaking views. The view is rewarding way to end the hike

7 months ago

10 months ago

Saturday, June 03, 2017