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Well maintained trail. It definitely falls under moderate.

Pretty trail, well marked plenty of shade. But, uphill all the way. Seems like the rating should be moderate to hard. Not crowded only saw a few other hikers. If you want a workout than this is a good trail.

15 days ago

I find the app description lacking so I’ve decided to put my own experiences here:

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate-hard)

Duration: 3 hrs up, 2 hrs down (12:30-5:30)

Distance: 9+ miles

Parking: about 4 spaces at trailhead (right side of road before private road begins)

Views: 5/10; Antelope Valley, Sun Valley (N, NE), cool landslide section near upper trail section before PCT, Baden-Powell, Wilson, San Gabriel Peak (S, only after reaching PCT).

Incline: 750 ft/mile, pretty steep for about 3+ miles, not easy

Technical: asphalt private road, single track dirt, minor dirt/needles on the last uphill portion and flat to end (last uphill is an abrupt left with no signage)

Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), north face convertible pants, Underarmor T-shirt, (didn’t bring day pack)

Weather: mid 60s, few high clouds

Shade: light shade this time of year

Environment: forest pines with some trees turning for autumn

Wildlife: birds (might see lizards and squirrels at other times of the year)

Bugs: none

Details: steep asphalt road for 0.5+ miles then steep single track for 2.5, flat for another mile (at PCT intersection), steep minor technical for 0.25 miles, then pretty flat for last 0.5 (see tips).

TIPs: the last uphill is worth the climb to turn around and see the opposing mountain. Skip the last portion that flattens out, nothing to see. Would not hike this over 80 degrees.

PROS: a good work out and a few nice views on the PCT. Near Wrightwood, MUST stop at Mile High Pizza on Cedar afterwards! (Recommend the Dirty Jerrys)

CONS: no major views for first half, just hard uphill

Scott H (aka Swiper)

on Blue Ridge Trail

16 days ago

Started this hike first thing in the morning with my two dogs. Had the trial to myself the whole way up. Nice elevation gains and a few switchback. There is a bench that marks the halfway point.

A good, hard hike with great views an lots of elevation gain.

Great little loop to do with kids. We actually did it twice with my two year old and she loved it. Awesome views and we got some wonderful pictures.

1 month ago

Trail well kept but it is pretty step. It is about a 500 foot elevation gain per mile. Great views of the desert and San Antonio peak when you reach the camp ground.

It is hard hike when you get to the backbone of Pine mountain. It almost mountaineering. The backbone is the hardest part. Very steep. Amazing views at the top.


Blue ridge is a favorite of mine. We did it in the moonlight last month, good times!

We did this hike thought we could start at Twin Lakes, it was fenced off, so took a trail that went up 2000ft in 2 miles wasn’t sure what trail it was did a little scrambling. You need to start at the street that says private road, great hike tho, pretty!

Easy hike, up and down, asphalt, lots of shade

made it to san antonio on the redo its 15.2 miles from the parking area before acorn trail. this is a beautiful hike tremendously challenging, the views from pine and baldy are wonderful it was a clear day in thr desert north and a cloudy day in La south, great views of san gorgonio and san jacinto, this is a prime hike for the dedicated outdoorspeople get out here its amazing.

My son and I left Wrightwood at Acorn & Finch at about 9am and made it to Pine Mountain and back despite getting lost early, just about 1/4 mile above WW a sign says Acorn Trail to the left, “2.1 Miles to PCT and 1500 feet of gain”. Well, of course we went straight or right and ended up having to scramble on all fours 1000 feet up a ridge to get back to the trail. What a great hike! We saw a rattlesnake on the trail coming down. Not too hot, the Devils Backbone portion from the Jeep Road up to Pine Mt has some knarly parts to it, steep fall off both sides, loose rocks, gaining altitude trail. It seems like you can see forever atop Pine Mt. Definitely going to try and do the whole hike, the three peaks, in September.

3 months ago

Great trail! Lots of shade and a nice incline right out of the parking area. Labeled as easy but definitely Gave me A work out.

The first section of this trail (the Acorn Trail) has great views. The views on the PCT are great too. There isn't much to see on the summit of Wright Mountain though (the views are obscured my trees). I still recommend this hike though. The views up and down are worth it. It's also lightly trafficked, which is also nice. I only saw 1 person in the 4 hours I was out there.

4 months ago

It’s was super chill and easy

i only made it to dawson due to time, this trail is longer than the 12.2 listed. i clocked it at 12.6 just to dawson and back so my guess is its really 16miles.

if u are not sure footed, lack confidence, and/or afraid of heights this is not for you.

if u are not in good shape this is not for u. this is one of the tougher hikes ive ever done, ive done baldy via old baldy, threes ts from icehouse.

ive often bagged 2 mountains in a day this was my first attempt at 3 i fell short for lack of time this hike will hurt u and the most difficult part of it will be at the end conserve and survive, dont be foolish just to conquer 1,2,3 in Gabes.

if u r comfortable there are only 2 small sections where u will be doing any climbing and there rather safe, but stay on the trail if u veer from it u will be on all fours soon enough trying to find it.

was a great trail secluded, challenging, views of gorgonio, jacinto and baden, its got a real good look at iron pretty much in your face the whole time.

on Blue Ridge Trail

6 months ago

beautiful trail, Good climb as soon as you leave the car. we had a casual pace and made it up in an hour, had a picnic at the edge of the PCT and back down to the car in 45 minutes. I would recommend this trail

This trail is beautiful but belongs in the moderate difficulty category. Steep grade all uphill to the top. Rocky narrow path that can be tough for children.

The hike is beautiful......long and demanding. Wait for the snow to melt off of the North Backbone. Start early at daybreak.....you don’t want to navigate the North Backbone and the Class 3 climbing section in the dark. I take 3L of water and plenty of snacks for energy. It can get windy and cool in the spring so a light windbreaker , long sleeve shirt with a thermal layer works well and convertible pants. Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses or more to protect you from the sun is a must. I started at Acorn and Finch in Wrightwood in the spring. This route will allow you to summit 4 of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains which includes Pine Mt (twice) Dawson Peak and San Antonio (Mt Baldy). You hike through many eco zones. But once on the south side of Pine Mtn there is little shade. There was some snow on the Backbone on this trip but didn’t impact the trail.

6 months ago

Great trail, decent work out & pretty well trafficked. Better than I expected. Recommended!

Perhaps a little more challenging than expected for a 4.3 mile easy hike, but mostly due to our lack of acclimation to the altitude and a good elevation gain. The trail itself is well maintained, so that makes it easy. Great birdwatching and had the trail mostly to ourselves (in April, Easter Sunday). Wanted to add a loop on the PCT but had lunch and a nice rest at the campground instead. Park at the day use area on the south side of highway, Adventure Pass required.

great family hike

I do this hike once every two years and enjoy it for the uncrowded approach to the summit. This is a very difficult trail due to the amount of elevation gained and lost between the three peaks, Pine, Dawson, and Baldy. There is also a section near the beginning of the North backbone portion of the trail where the ground is loose with plenty of exposure, so caution must be used in this area. You can start this hike at the Guffy campground using the PCT to get to the trail, and also by parking at the North Backbone trailhead in the rare occasion the road is open past the campground, but I find it easier to use the Acorn trail in Wrightwood, saving the long drive around on the Blue ridge Road.

10 months ago

Relatively easy trail with some nice scenery once you get about halfway. Have not gone in the winter, although I may go soon just to experience it. Overall, nice little hike, some gain, a few spots with dodgey footing. Once you get to the switchback portion, you’re almost there, so keep on going! You can connect with the PCT if you go right once you get to the “peak.” I highly recommend doing that.

10 months ago

Wonderful trail to hike anytime of year. Offers a challenge in certain sections, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Good place to take a picnic lunch once you reach the top. Blue Ridge campground has plenty of tables to relax at once you arrive. Always nice to finish and pop up at the bottom of lift #8, one of only two hydronic lifts found at the ski resort your nestled between. Ever a good little adventure when you want to escape Wrightwood for the afternoon. :)

11 months ago

With 500 feet elevation gain per mile, this hike is a solid work out. I went on a rare winter day in which there was not one patch of snow. It was still cold though: mid to lower 40s with a cold wind. The view from Blue Ridge is outstanding. Next time I'm going to continue east on the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit (up the ridge).

trail running
11 months ago

Great climb and beautiful scenery. It’s the only trail that I get a blister on my heel every time I run the downhill so I take an alternate doubt down..

Friday, November 10, 2017

Great hike. To avoid retracing our steps, we walked to the top of the ski run from the Blue Ridge Campground then down the ski run to the parking lot for Mt. High East. From there we hiked the service road to the trail head. This detour made the round trip 4.4 miles and the desent to the parking lot was quite chalenging. Overall a great hike, and I will do it again.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

I went yesterday Oct 6th and the weather was perfect. I was alone and saw only 4 people on my way. It was shaded by trees and beautiful. It was fairly easy, but mainly uphill. When I got to the end of the trail, I was pleasantly surprised to find the ski lifts there. I had no idea. So I ate lunch at the campground and then continued onto the Pacific Crest Trail. I really recommend taking this up a half mile or so after Blue Ridge for the best views (it’s only a few steps away from the end of Blue Ridge). You can’t see enough from the campground. Plus, the reservoir you’ll find is pretty interesting. I would definitely go back and when I do, I’ll take the Pacific Crest Trail a little further to see what else I can find.

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