Pine Mountain

Santa Margarita, California 93453

Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"A fun drive to a high ridge along Machesna Mountain Wilderness. Very scenic with a chance to see soaring California condor. This is an excellent trail for SUVs despite having to turn around at the Stairsteps. Adventure Pass required if you stop to recreate or camp. Most of the trail is easy to moderate and suitable for stock, high-clearance, 4WD SUVs. However, one spot, called the Stairsteps, near the end of trail, is extremely difficult and dangerous. Only experienced drivers in modified vehicles can get through. Stay off trail when wet."

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Trail Information

Santa Margarita
Nearby City
Trail Type
Allow 2 to 3 hours
Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District
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Sep 2018