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Ascent of Mount Pinos on 2014-06-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pinos
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8831 ft / 2691 m

Ascent Trip Report

We summitted this and Sawmill the day after our San Gorgonio and San Antonio ascents, making it a recuperation and travel day. Pinos is signposted west off the I-5 and the paved road leads to the large trailhead parking lot at N34.81287 W119.12660, 2551m. From the far end a trail leads L of a building to join a gated dirt road heading west. This is a popular short hike, especially on this Saturday as there's a large wedding party on the trail. In a little over a mile a right fork leads to a very obvious comms installation. The highest point is a small rock outcrop (N34.81276 W119.14530, 2700m) just NW of the compound, with a USGS reference marker pointing to a trig plaque 30 metres to the NW. SW of the fenced compound is a rocky tor (N34.81245 W119.14503) approx 2m lower.

Returning to the main dirt road we continue west to a Condor lookout point (no condors) where we take the obvious trail R (N34.81202 W119.14790), continuing initially west then zigzagging downhill towards Sawmill which is the obvious hill to the west. Beyond the saddle a nice trail leads up through scattered pines. At N34.81302 W119.16510 a smaller trail (tiny cairn) leads R (west), past some small rock outcrops to the summit which is marked with a tall graceful cairn (N34.81363 W119.16798, 2690m).

Sawmill Mountain has better scenery than its slightly taller neighbour, and 116m prominence based on GPS at saddle and summit. There's also botanical interest including a legume with colourful inflated seed pods, and a very striking red parasitic plant (Snow plant, Sarcodes sanguinea) reminiscent of broomrapes in Europe.

We retrace our steps and return to the trailhead. This very pleasant 7 mile outing has taken a little over 2 hours. We now head northeast ready for tomorrow's Telescope Peak ascent. En route we make a stop in Lancaster (the only sizeable place en route) to stock up on provisions and for internet.

Mount Pinos photo album

Sawmill Mountain photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:843 ft / 256 m
    Total Elevation Loss:843 ft / 256 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:462 ft / 140 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:8369 ft / 2550 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:843 ft / 256 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 462 ft / 141 m; Extra: 381 ft / 116m
    Gain on way out:381 ft / 116 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    End Trailhead:8369 ft / 2550 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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