Pine Mountain

Ojai, California 93024

Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Wander through lovely pine forests and enjoy magnificent vistas atop the highest and southernmost ridgeline in the Los Padres National Forest. Half of the fun of the hike along Pine Mountain’s illustrious ridge is just getting there. The drive through the beautiful Los Padres National Forest is stunning, but after turning off onto Pine Mountain Road, the views become quite expansive and simply breathtaking. Most people will want to stop along the way to take pictures even before beginning the hike. While not a requirement, high-clearance vehicles are better suited to the half paved/half dirt travel along the route."

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Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides)
Ron Adkison
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"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."
Best Climbs Santa Barbara and Ventura (Falcon Guides)
Damon Corso
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"One of the most stunning and far-reaching bouldering areas in all of Southern California, Pine Mountain is a true destination for anyone coming to the region. Near the summit of Reyes Peak lies an idyllic forest at 7,000 feet in elevation, with towering jeffrey, sugar, and little ponderosa pines among beautiful red-hued sandstone boulders. This guide contains No Picnic Boulder, Sunkissed Boulder, Terraced Garden Boulder, Bumfight Boulder, Morally Impaired Boulder, The Choadler Boulder, and Painted Carnival Boulder climbs. At campsite #2 there are guides for Bob's Dyno Boulder, Stone of Gethsemane Boulder, Fifteen Years on Ice Boulder, The Ring of Life Boulder, Gyroscope Boulder, 911 Boulder, Heaven on Top Boulder, Whiplash Boulder, Surrounded By Fish, Dirt Bag Boulder, Sock Hop Boulder, The Burn Off Boulder, Dreams Boulder, The Hueco Problem Boulder, Enlightenment Boulder, Campus Problem Boulder, Quiet Soul Boulder, Peerless Plates Boulder, The Grand Canyon Boulder, The Crystal Grove Boulder, Rapunzel Boulder, and Welcome to the Darkside Boulder climbs."

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2.5 hours
Los Padres National Forest
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USGS map: Reyes Peak, CA
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