Guatay Mountain Trail

HARD 24 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.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

3 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, July 08, 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.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Yesterday hiked the pine valley trail up to Guatay Peak! Numerous peaks and valleys, of which consisted of steep uphill treks with one major steepness, loose rock hike up & up. 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! Only saw a couple of hikers on the hot dry weather!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 03, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

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

Monday, February 29, 2016

walking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.