Wright Mountain via Acorn Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wrightwood, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length8.7 miElevation gain2,365 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViews
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Great inclines through the pines and awesome views! The portion to get to the top is not a marked trail, you just gotta go up a steep hill on a turn then it’s flat. There’s a small paved lot off acorn before it turns private.

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Stephanie Wang
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Lots of half-melted snow. Some sharp turns was covered in a couple feet deep snow but the very bottom has melted. I’d say it’s pretty dangerous and bring an ice ax!

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Shawn Littleton
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Lots of new snow. Snowshoes or touring skis a must for the next several days. Parking is pretty confusing since any legal spots are buried in snow right now. there are two spots right at the entrance to the private road, which were both open... pretty sure those were legit... I didn't get a ticket or towed... but one might need to park an extra half mile from the start. Be prepared for unfathomable traffic as people park along every open inch of hwy 2 to play in any new snow on weekends.

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Steven Charles
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HikingSnow
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Stephanie Wang
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Hiking

Went in mid-late Jan and still 30-40% covered in snow. Traction device would be quite important. Step in other people’s footprint and it’s not that hard to walk in the snow. Once reach PCT the view on the other side is really nice. The last stretch is a non-trail; just gotta go *up*. At the very top there’s a small rusty triangle sign. Forest obstructed most views on the top.

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Stephanie Wang
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The trail (as of Jan 3rd 2021) is covered by at least 5 inches of snow. Trekking poles and traction device are important. The locals said that the weather can be quite warm and melt all snow shortly.

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Thomas Slagle
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HikingSnow

And This was a good trail and easy to follow. My group did it shortly after a decent sized snowstorm so there was several inches of fresh snow on the trail. Going up was rather difficult with all the snow, lots of postholing. The area was very serene and quiet so it made it worthwhile! This is a good hike to do if you want to get away from the crowds for a little bit

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John Murphy
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Hiking

Cutoff trail to Acorn trail is brutally steep. Gorgeous view from Blue Ridge into the desert.

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Roger Jenkins
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Really nice hike through an evergreen forest decoratively adorned with fall color. For my full trip report with pics, video, info and story please go to: https://sanbernardinohikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.home.blog/2020/12/07/wright-mountain-via-acorn-trail/

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Angie Lira
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Hiking

Great trail, challenging going up! The last part of the trail is not well mark and at the summit there is not a view..

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Melissa P
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Hiking

Steep incline through the trees the whole time. About a quarter mile from the top it’s very easy to miss the left hand turn and the trail basically disappears. You need to download the map to navigate. Also there is no view at the top. Still very pretty and peaceful. Only a few other people on the trail.

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Erica Mills
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I only did the downhill portion from the pct to acorn drive. Beautiful fall foliage but icy in a lot of places so crampons and/or trekking poles would have been useful. Little bit awkward at the end hiking through a private neighborhood with my big backpack on lol

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Brian Tiffany
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Hiking

Nice morning snow hike. Hiked out and back to Wright mountain on a clear but cool morning. Crusty snow about 2/3 of the way with softer powder further down the PCT and up on the summit. I had and used my micro spikes and poles, the trail could probably be done without them but I highly recommend using if you will be doing this trail in the next few days. I saw a couple people take a spill on the road back to the car park, please be careful there is black ice on the road in places. It will probably be mostly melted off within a wee or so if no other storms come through.

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Ashwin Amit
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Hiking

Steep as everyone says turned back halfway up pine. There’s a small paved lot off acorn before it turns private. Was empty at 7am Sunday.

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Kimberly Kelly
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HikingGreat!Private property

We walked in from town, which added an extra mile or so. The trail starts on a private road. We weren’t harassed by the locals but we met a group of men who reported they had been filmed aggressively and yelled at by someone on Acorn Dr. Very lightly travelled trail in October. Acorn Trail was a solid climb (1500 ft in about 2 miles). Nice views, narrow at times. Once at the PCT, the trail runs parallel for a truck route, which is moderately utilized. More views and friendly hikers. Overall a solid route.

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Don Thomas
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Great inclines through the pines!

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Bud Green
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Nice hike with some really good views. I would rate this as moderate for someone in decent shape, and in no way dangerous or sketchy. Very easy trail to follow, and the peak of Wright is easy to find. Just follow the red line on your map and keep pointing in the general direction near the top and you will have no problem. There's a funky bent metal arrow looking thing at the top to let you know you're there. There are a lot of trees at the exact peak, so for the really good views, you'll have to keep walking to the northern and eastern edges of the peak plateau where it suddenly drops. At those places the views are great, especially to the East.

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C Summ
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absolutely beautiful trail with breathtaking views. No joke it is steep and you have to be in good physical shape to hike. We made a wrong turn towardsPacific coast trail where there's a bench and a sign, we turned right where we should have turned left. This recording is of the downhill walk back to the car. plenty of Mycoparasites aka Sarcodes in the forest.

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Andy Valdez
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Zach Bennett
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Hiking

Took the fam to this trail for a fun weekend day.Parked off to the right of Acorn and Finch streets intersection in the small area as others mentioned and walked UPHILL Acorn st. about 3/4 mile to the start of the trail. Now keep in mind this trail is absolutely beautiful with wonderful scenery and cliff top views but it comes at a cost as it is entirely uphill the entire 2.7 miles zig zagging trail up the mountain. There are very narrow points in the trail that are only as wide for one person one way and multiple points where theres dangerous drop off edges so I wouldn't reccomend it for children. It's a fun experience for the prepared hiker. Wear a backpack to take plenty of water and go early in the morning and mabey bring a sweater as the weather changes as you climb up to the top. Enjoy!

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Alicia Garcia
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful hike up to PCT Very steep incline all the way up, be prepared for a workout. Not to many people just locals that are very friendly. Park at the corner of Finch and Acorn And walk up the road which is already a workout in itself. The est time here is wrong I think, I only went to where PCT meets and time was definately off.

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Leticia De La O
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HikingBugsRocky

I would recommend this trail for a more experience hiker. It was not moderate as rated on the app. As a beginner hiker it was pretty hard going up. The trail was rocky and steep but I took my time. My time to complete this was about 5 hours. Great work out! My dog loved it!!

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Lisa Valdez
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Andy Valdez
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HikingBugs

Really nice and beautiful hike. Lots of bugs so bring spray. The portion to get to the top is not a marked trail, you just gotta go up a steep hill on a turn then it’s flat

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Madeline Luth
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Trip report from 5/30: Park at the intersection of Acorn Drive and Finch where there's a small parking area and a few other places to pull off the road. Then continue along the road past all of the signs; we saw plenty of people around their homes and everyone was friendly. At the end of the drive, there were chalk markings drawn to indicate the start of Acorn Trail (along with wood signs further along). First couple of miles are steep. The trail climbs 1,500ft in 2.1 miles before connecting with the PCT. From here, you pass a memorial and reach a junction with multiple trails. Others have indicated in their reviews that you take the left trail, but this is not the trail that is marked on the AllTrails map. We took it anyway and had to turn around after ~0.25 miles because it was badly overgrown with harsh thistle (though by the looks of it, this path would take you to the top of Wright Mountain.) After turning around and meeting back up with the PCT, we followed the PCT route along the path highlighted by the AllTrails map. If you do this, you reach a junction with Backbone Trail where the map will have you basically bulldoze northward up the hill on no trail up to Wright Mountain. Rather than do this, we stopped at the junction and had lunch on a flat part of the road trail. Every other group that passed by us while we ate was equally confused about where the trail was supposed to go. We would see them try to find a way up based on the map, come back down, then continue along the trail they were on, turn back around, etc. No signage whatsoever. We decided to stick to the road on our return trip before reconnecting at the PCT/Acorn Trail junction. That particular route has some really nice views. Overall, worth the trouble for views of Angeles Crest, Baden-Powell, and San Gorgonio. Just tricky to navigate and you may not reach the endpoint as designated on the map.

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Hanna Woods
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I went today and really enjoyed it! Almost no people, beautiful trees and big views. Like the other reviews said, don't worry about all those "private" signs, park and walk up the road. The Acorn trail takes you up to the PCT (turn left at the sign) and shortly after that the trail for Wright mountain takes off up to the left--I blew past it the first time

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