Pilot Rock

HARD 59 reviews

Pilot Rock is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hilt, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 hour ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Well maintained especially considering the tough winter. Spectacular views with the day being so clear yesterday.

backpacking
28 days ago

Quite the hike. I accidentally added a few more miles making it just at 11 miles. If you want a great workout? This is for you. A little slippery at the top with the shale rock but the views and scenery are amazing! The wildflowers are so beautiful. I started just passed the Mt Ashland turn off.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice view from the top. Definitely worth climbing up.

1 month ago

Better than grizzly

2 months ago

If you are wanting to work out your butt, this trail is it.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

can hike the PCT up to a certain point -- then, heading up to the top of pilot rock is awesome but requires technical maneuvering / scrambling -- careful especially if ice present. beautiful view of marble mountains & Shasta if clear weather.

5 months ago

7 months ago

Stopped at the rock by snow but great views along the way.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I went up Pilot Rock on a mostly sunny day in mid-October. The trail is short at about 1.6 mile to get to the foot of the 'rock'. Access is easy via I5 just south of the Siskiyou pass; the last 2 miles or so are on a dirt roach but not particular vehicle clearance is required. There is a good size parking lot at the trail-head, complete with restrooms.

The trail is very well maintained. The first mile, until the junction with the PCT, goes up at a fairly gentle grade. The last .5 miles, when veering off the PCT, ascends more steeply via switchbacks all the way to the very foot of the NorthWest face of the rock.

I am a 60 years old man, in fairly good shape but by no means an "ironman" contender; my height (at 5'11) did however help when negotiating the 3 verticals. The ascent required maintained focus and attention but no great physical heroism. Coming prepared (comfortable clothing, good footwear, light or no pack for the climb, etc.) and TAKING TIME to plan the next step are important keys to success/safety. It is also worth remembering that going down is often a bit more challenging that going up.

If you make it, the 360 degree views are indeed quite amazing with Shasta (South) and McLoughlin (North) is full display. For some reason, I imagined the top a some sort of spacious "table", it is not! Once you reach the top, you are standing on an narrow-ish ridge with drop-offs on both sides. There is enough space, however, to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Once more time: take your time going down.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Trail is amazing and isolated from city noise and pollution!
My seven year old son even made it to the top and loved every minute of walking, climbing, and looking for unique plants and bugs!
We have been up twice now and sad that winter is coming since I don't have a four wheel drive.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is my nemesis. I've never made it to the top top. But I keep trying.

9 months ago

a great scramble at the top with awesome views