Pine Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"This rewarding day hike follows the lofty crest of Pine Mountain through a cool pine and fir forest.Vistas reach into the wild backcountry of the Sespe Wilderness. West of the San Gabriel Mountains and Interstate 5, the Transverse Ranges rise to impressive heights before fading into the lower ranges at the extreme western terminus of the province near Point Arguello. From Pine Mountain in the south to Frazier Mountain in the east to the Mount Pinos massif in the north, this high,well-watered region, covered by many square miles of conifer forest, sees much fewer visitors than do other thickly forested high country areas of southern California. This hike along Pine Mountain ridge leads to Peak 7431, the easternmost 7,000-foot peak on this high ridge.However, backpackers may want to descend north into Beartrap Creek or take advantage of several trail camps along Piedra Blanca Creek to the east of Pine Mountain (see the Los Padres National Forest map for trail camp locations). Campsites in those canyons are shaded by ponderosa and Jeffrey pine, juniper, and piñon pine.Water is usually available, though backpackers should contact the Ojai Ranger District office in Ojai to inquire about water availability. Those who arrange a car shuttle can hike out to Sespe Creek at the southern foot of Pine Mountain—a point-to-point hike of about 12.5 miles. Backpackers who carry an adequate supply of water will find almost unlimited campsite possibilities in the open, parklike forest that characterizes this ridgeline hike."