Pine Mountain Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Pine Mountain Loop is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pine Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1496 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

This loop is similar to the "Indian Creek Loop" from the Schad book, but longer, this version substitutes the Pine Mountain Trail for a bit of bushwacking Schad includes along Indian Creek. As a result, the entire route, albeit longer, is on established trails. Start at Noble Canyon Trailhead and head west. After about 2.4 miles, you turn right on Indian Creek Trail. After you cross the very small (and likely not reliable) Indian Creek, you head up a slope, and then make a right on Pine Mountain Trail. You then follow Pine Mountain Trail to a Jeep road, and make a right on the road, following it towards Sunrise Highway and the Pioneer Mail Picnic Area. On the downslope side of the picnic area (where there are latrines, picnic tables, and fire grills, but no water) you pick up the Pacific Crest Trail and head south toward the west slope of Garnet Peak. When you reach the turnoff for a left for Garnet Peak (while you can tack that on to lengthen the hike), for this version you instead turn right and head west, back towards Sunrise Highway. When you reach Sunrise Hwy, you then follow it south for a short distance back to the Noble Canyon Trailhead. You could also follow this route starting at Pioneer Mail Picnic Area. (This particular recording omits the first 0.4 miles of the hike.)

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a fun trail!! I highly suggest doing it in reverse so that you can camp at the meadow area. This was about 7 miles from the start going in reverse otherwise if you do it the way it suggests it is about 3.5-4 miles into the trail. It is really pretty and although you cannot see far you are surrounded by mountains

4 months ago

Nothing to see there, not much panoramic views... no wonder is all alone. Pine mountain not for me- Garnet Peak is in a higher level though

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing hike! You can make it longer or shorter depending on what you want. We wanted to challenge ourselves because we're training for Peru and trying to get in some higher elevation hikes. There's almost no shade so go early to beat the heat. Saw some baby horned lizards on the trail and lots of hummingbirds. Take the detour to Garnet peak for amazing views of Anza Borrego desert, the best part.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Friday, April 21, 2017

loved this hike. was super windy when we went. saw one garter snake.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Nice trail with moderate difficulty, awesome views of desert on East side of Sunrise hwy

trail running
Saturday, October 15, 2016

The views are breathtaking, it's technical and most areas are single track. sometimes the bikers can be a little much, it interrupts my pace for my trail run. Great trail to train on!

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

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