Mount Williamson and Pleasant View Ridge via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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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 scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking 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
2385 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



This trail approaches Mt 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.

8 months ago

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

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