Pioneer Mail Trail

EASY 9 reviews
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Pioneer Mail Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles
200 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


This trail is dirt and rock and climbs to a rock face looking out over the Anza Borrego Desert. While the trail is short, you can easily follow it to the Kwimee Point (the end of the trail) and continue on the Pacific Crest Trail to make the most of your experience. There are many rock formations, a lovely rock memorial, and tons of opportunity for great pictures. Dogs are allowed on this trail as long as they are leashed. Equestrian Riders are also allowed to use this trail. However, Motor vehicles, dirt bikes/atvs, and those riding bicycles are NOT allowed on this trail! This trail is located in the Cleveland National Forest, which has a day use fee of $5 or you may use an Adventure Pass/America the Beautiful pass. A local ranger station will be able to help you.

3 months ago

Great views and a short hike. I love when it gets crazy windy at the lookout. I remember when there were hang gliders launching from where the memorials are and gliding to the desert below. I wonder if those plaques are all of some that died or is it just a place people chose to place them?

3 months ago

Beautiful views but graffiti on the rock outcropping made me really sad. Weird memorial plaques on side of the trail were interesting but odd without any information plaque into how and why they got there. Very urban walk for being so far off the beaten path. Views are amazing. No harder a walk than a day at the mall. Do it once, then mark it off your list. Soft sand with some rough rocks to watch out for if bringing the elderly or small children.

Monday, April 10, 2017

An interesting portion of the PCT that joins what used to be a paved road along the side of the mountains.

Monday, February 06, 2017

This is a cool short hike and to make the most of it, I kept hiking (edge of the mountain cliff) forward on the PCT Ridge Trail past the cool memorial monument almost halfway (to 3.15 miles) towards the next trailhead, Sunrise. Lots of patches of snow on the trail and awesome view of the Anza-Borrego Desert, especially the Desert Floor. You can also see Salton Sea. Total 6.25 RT hiking mileage and 951 ft. elevation gains.

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