Pincushion Mountain Peak

MODERATE 107 reviews

Pincushion Mountain Peak is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
13 days ago

This was my first time hiking and I really enjoyed myself. It definitely wasn’t easy but there were a couple of nice shaded areas with rocks to sit on which made the climb easier.

hiking
15 days ago

great excersize.

hiking
20 days ago

This is my “go to” hike when I’m itching to go hiking but don’t have much time to drive out an hour.

First off, the park area is great and you can also walk down to the lake prior to or after your hike.
On some occasions our “fight team” use this area for fight camp because it has the parking lot for running and then we’ll hike or run the trail to the top of pincushion mnt. The view up there is very rewarding.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a good challenging hike for me. I enjoy hiking but i have not gone out for years. I plan on hiking this trail more often so it can condition me for future hikes. See you soon...

hiking
23 days ago

It was a good challenge for me. Not easy.

hiking
28 days ago

In the middle of a network of trails, offering something for any level of ability. At roughly the 0.4 mile mark the trail has a major fork. The posted trail is primarily the left fork. A shorter and steeper version is the right fork. Left side has more breeze and more scenery; while the right fork offers more thigh burn.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike but a little challenging if you are out of shape but it is doable.

hiking
1 month ago

Short but intense hike. Pretty steep most of the way up. My calves are definitely feeling it a couple days later. My 8 year old was able to make it while the 11 year old puttered out just before the steepest part towards the end. As others have noted, the views at the top are well worth it!

1 month ago

Awesome Trails

hiking
1 month ago

Great trek for my first hiking experience. There are sections that are steep and challenging for those of us who have limited hiking experience. However, I enjoyed the 3 mile round trip which made for a pleasant beginners hike. The views are great and the people on the trail were very friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice day hike! Good for uphill conditioning in places. Best hike within 30 minutes of Fresno

1 month ago

Very scenic !

hiking
1 month ago

hahaha ......it kicked my ass.....havent been hiking in years.....this was a good reminder of how out of shape i am.

1 month ago

Easy and the views at the top are amazing!

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little day hike. Not too long. Early hike in the morning and be at work in the evening. Cows sometimes lay in the trail. They’re indifferent to the hikers being there though.

2 months ago

Great gain and views

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes to date. It is challenging, but the view from the top is outstanding. I did get a little bit lost because the trail splits in a couple of areas, but I guess that is my fault for not looking at the map on here. Either way, if you follow the trails to try to get to the highest point you can see then you will find a peek. It is a rocky end portion of the trail and once you get to the top you have a nice 360° view of all of Lake Millerton, the river, and some table mountains.

hiking
2 months ago

A nicely maintained trail that has beautiful views. Starts out climbing but is worth it!

2 months ago

this is the one that made me realize how out of shape I am.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, but a tough one, lots of steep inclines and rocky trails, but if you push through it, once you concur the last rocky climb, it’s a beautiful view of the lake!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Super fun little hike the incline is steep but it is definitely worth it! Wouldn’t go on a hot day only spring or fall

2 months ago

great hike, being a begginner it was challenging during the incline, but great workout. Be ready to sweat :)

2 months ago

The end of the trail is pretty tough. The way down is cake. Nice views.

3 months ago

This hike is a must! It's extremely steep towards the end and you're basically climbing up and over rocks to get to the top. So be prepared! Once you're at the top the view is amazing! Sunsets ups here are to die for!

3 months ago

Great hike! Trail is very well maintained, easy to figure out parking. Overall amazing views. And it is a great moderate workout!

3 months ago

Gorgeous views! Beautiful day. The weather was perfect going up.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a pretty hard hike. At the end the trail includes climbing over rocks so not the best for young children. But the view from the top is incredible and absolutely worth it. It took a lot longer that I anticipated so I recommend bringing more water than you think you need.

4 months ago

Steep midway but view at the top was worth it! Park on the road to avoid the fee.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike, it’s a drive to get too for most people but anyone with dedication can go there for a good day hike. The drive discourages the lazy people so no teenagers and very little people. Great view, kept nice.

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