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13H

Pinyon Ridge

6535'
(UTM 308060)

Location: Los Angeles County, about 12 miles southeast of Pearblossom, 63 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS ToposValyermo 7½, Mescal Creek 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 625K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

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ROUTE 1

This route, which started at mileage marker 6.27 on N4, has been withdrawn because it crosses private property. Please use Route 4 instead.


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ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 120' round trip
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, June 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 50 miles to Vincent Gap.
  • Turn left on a dirt road that heads uphill. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • Go right at an immediate fork.
  • At 0.9 mile, fork. Go left.
  • At 2.8 miles, fork in a saddle. Keep left.
  • At 3.2 miles, park about 75 yards past stake "AA10", at the top of a gentle rise.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • The summit cairn is 40 yards north of the road in the brush.

NOTES

The gate on the dirt road at Vincent Gap may be closed. Contact the USFS Big Pines Information Station, PO Box 1011, Wrightwood, CA 92397 (760) 249-3504 for information about the status of the gate at Vincent Gap.


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ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)

This is the hiking route for Route 2 if the gate is closed.

Distance: 6 1/2 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1200' total, 600' out plus 600' on return
Time: 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Tom Hill, June 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 50 miles to Vincent Gap. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking area at Vincent Gap (6593'), hike north on the dirt road that heads uphill. One mile up this road, a second road comes in from the left.
  • Turn left (north and downhill) for 3/4 mile on this road which switchbacks southwest in the process of losing 350' of elevation to another road junction.
  • Take the right fork (north) and follow the road to saddle 6360'+ just south of the summit.
  • Head north beyond the saddle less than 1/2 mile to the top of the ridgeline.
  • Continue about 75 yards past stake "AA10" at the top of a gentle rise.
  • The summit cairn is 40 yards north of the road in the brush.

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ROUTE 4

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip
Gain: 1120' total, 1090' out plus 30' on return
Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderate

Original: Peter & Ignacia Doggett, August 2011

DRIVING ROUTE 4

  • From Pomona, drive east on I-10 for 14 miles to I-15.
  • Drive north on I-15 for 22 miles to SR-138.
  • Drive west on SR-138 for 8.6 miles to SR-2.
  • Drive on SR-2 (through Wrightwood) for 8.9 miles to Big Pines Ranger Station.
  • Just beyond the Ranger Station, turn right on N-4 and reset odometer.
  • Dron on N-4 for 5.4 miles and park by mil marker 6.12 (5480').

HIKING ROUTE 4

  • From the south side of N-4, walk 30 yards through a stand of trees, then follow a dirt road to the left (southeast). The dirt road goes up over a shoulder and descends 30'.
  • At about 0.2 mile from the parking area, climb up a steep firebreak that follows the south bearing ridgeline.
  • The ridge becomes less steep around 6200' and takes you to the summit plateau.

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