Guatay Mountain Trail

HARD 28 reviews
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Guatay Mountain Trail is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Guatay, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.3 miles
1541 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

trail running




over grown


You will need an Adventure Pass. If you don't have one already, a nearby market called Perkins Market sells the pass for $5.

3 days ago

Great trail but to echo their reviewers, not a beginners hill. We made it up and down along with a lunch stop near the top in just over 3 hours. Love the signing books up top, cool to see the log over many years.

Just watch for the left turn with the brown metal post we missed it and had to double back.

17 days ago

This hike was quite easy to navigate and really beautiful views and landscape. There were some steep spots especially the last Half mile, which was really really steep. The hardest part really was coming back down because it was super slippery. I fell on my ass twice. We took our time on this part, but otherwise not the hike was pretty moderate. We hike a couple adventurous difficult to hard trails a month. My skill level would be classified as good, not great. Just for comparison

1 month ago

I'll just say, read Ed Rubenstein's review (posted approx 11/2017) . It's pretty spot on.

3 months ago

Great hike with fabulous view. The only problem is finding the trailhead. The directions tell you to park in the parking lot and the trail head is 1/2 back, but that is not the case. Park in the lot and start walking back to where you see the sign on your left. Continue as the the road makes a right turn and just be for that look to your left carefully and you will see a silver gate. This is the trailhead. Continue on the trail until you come to a rusted railing on your left. Take this trail up. If you miss this turn off, you wind up at a silver fence in front of a road, turn back.

The trail is not for beginners. This is definitely a hard hike and should only be attempted by those who are experienced hiker. There are 3 serious up and down mountain trails that you have to do before you get to the top, hiking poles are a must. However, it is worth every hard step of the way for the views. Coming back down is a bit tricky since the rocks and gravel slip and slid under your feet. Bring plenty of water especially if you are doing this in the summer heat. There is no shade once you get to the first peak. From there on out it’s blue sky and open views. Will definitely do this one again.

8 months ago

I parked at a pullout before the parking area requiring a pass to just hike. The trail was a nice variety of terrain and inclines with sections of loose rocks and the last section to the peak being very steep . A beautiful view in all directions at the peak and nice breeze to keep the flies away for a while. A very good workout and nice total distance of about 6 miles. Very enjoyable hike with great views all along the higher part of the trail.

8 months ago

The beginning of the trail runs parallel to Old Hwy 80 and is not very interesting. Where it starts to ascend there are a lot of rivets from water run-off. By that time I was almost over it but it starts getting good when you get to the ridge line because you get some impressive views of Pine Valley, Guatay, and the I-8 Pine Valley Creek Bridge. As others have noted the hills are steep and rocky in places. Also quite a few bugs (flies, wasps and gnats). I would bring bug spray next time. It was also very hot this June afternoon so I would go early in the morning in the summer.

8 months ago

I would recommend trekking poles for this one. It's a bit steep at the end and slippery going down.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Great hike. I'll be back to do this one again. Beautiful scenery, challenging inclines. I brought my dogs and they loved it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Nice hike. Trail going up is rocky. Last portion up is STEEP!!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Not sure what the empty bullet case with string was blocking the trail. Nothing happen to me but be careful.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Late post. Last weekend, July 2, 2016 hiked Guatay Mountain Peak/Pine Valley Trail to the summit on a very warm day. Only saw a couple of hikers. This is a uphill, peak and valley hike all the way to the top. Approximately 0.50 mile before the summit is a very, very steep uphill, slippery rock trail and it was a doozy. I was pleased to see and sign the official peak log. Good hike with very little shade on the trail. Please to see an official peak log which always excited to sign! Registered 3.13 miles one-way to the summit and 4,863 ft. elevation!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Pretty good and very steep at the end. Decent views. In the bag.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Very nice 1/2 day hike. 5.8 miles round trip from the car and back. Did it in 2.5 hours hiking quickly. Only saw two other people, so it's a nice quiet hike... Beautiful views and even a geocache around as well.

Monday, February 29, 2016

This trail was no joke. Steep inclines and loose rocks... But the views made it worth it!

Friday, July 10, 2015

This was my first hike.
This trail starts off quite steep with a lot of loose rocks. It was a great hike, we didn't quite make it all the way to the water. (If there was any)
I would also like to add that the trail is not very overgrown and it is longer than 3 miles. also be aware of bees!

Monday, March 16, 2015

I just completed this hike with a friend on Saturday. We started at 6:45am and finished at 1:15pm. This hike was not that difficult, but was just VERY long. There was no particular section that was strenuous besides the length of it. I enjoyed it and would do it again. Make sure when you come to bring lots of water!

trail running
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I will definitely be going back and doing this one again. Not far from my home. Easy to navigate.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hiked this trail today. It was a bit rough in some places. There was water which I was surprised to see in this drought. The cattle are out there right now. Made it stink to high heaven and the dead cow in the creek didn't smell very pleasant either. Defiantly have to take your time with all the lose rocks. Watch out for downed trees too. Goes all the way to Lyons valley road if your so inclined. I did 5 miles out and then back. Rock walls are very interesting. Fun day over all. Good boots are a must and a full 3 liters of cold water. Wouldn't recommend it for horses. They do use that trail but it's dangerous on horseback.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hiked this as a kid, nice view and a good outing. Doesn't take too long to hike

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