Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2020-04-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, April 4, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4539 ft / 1383 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove up CA 39 from Azusa just past the Rincon Station and parked on the dirt turnout on the south side of the highway adjacent to the locked gate for the Rincon Shortcut Road (2N24).
Hiked up the dirt road to the first saddle near 2760 and hiked up the overgrown fire break to reach the ridge line break toward Peak 2908 and from there retraced my steps along the ridge and headed west up the very steep fire break to Peak 3780. Continued along the ridge line break (somewhat overgrown in places) westbound to Peak 3812 and then to the steep descent to the dirt road at the saddle at 3480. Since I was tired of hiking steep firebreaks at the moment, I stayed on the road until reaching the fire break leading up the ridge south-southeast of the summit. I could not find a decent route up the steep rock face to reach the fire break, so I continued on the road another mile to the junction. From there I took the east bound fork and up to the summit, with its two radio towers. I found the register in a rock pile to the east of the east most tower. The summit was covered in fog, so no views to enjoy.
I descended along the east ridge which had very light brush to Peak 3983 and then to the saddle at 3480. This break was steep in sections, but much shorter than staying on the summit road. At the saddle, I decided to take the dirt road the rest of the way back to the car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3764 ft / 1146 m|
| Extra Gain:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||16 mi / 25.8 km|
| Route:||Red Box Road and Fire Break|
| Trailhead:||CA 39 Rincon Station 1575 ft / 480 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Low Clouds|
| Time:||4 Hours |
| Time:||3 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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