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Pinyon Ridge Trail #9W32

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Trail

1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 180' 55 m
Descent: -197' -60 m
High: 5,808' 1,770 m
Low: 5,628' 1,715 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Alan Coles

Good views and interesting biology.

Alan Coles

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Easy loop hike with good views of Crystal Lake basin.

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Adventure Pass required to park at trailheads and day use areas.

Description

This trail shares the same starting location as the Soldier Creek Trail #9W30 near the restrooms by the amphitheater. A short distance down the trail, it turns left and crosses a small bridge and shortly comes to a junction of the trail loop. Take the right fork and you enter a plant community that is common on the high desert slopes but rarely seen on the coastal side of the San Gabriel Mountains. A large California juniper is passed and the trail gently climbs to a point with a bench offering a great view out to the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. On a clear day, the ocean and Channel Islands can be seen.

The trail then turns north and encounters several single-leaf pinyon trees which have a much paler green color compared to other pines in the area. This is also a great location to look out over the Crystal Lake Basin to see how it was formed from massive slides around Mt. Islip to the northwest.

The trail passes a seasonal spring and a beautiful field of deer grass before descending back down to complete the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Juniper, pinyon, bigcone spruce, Jeffrey pine. Wildflowers in spring.

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Mt. Islip with pinyon and yucca in foreground.
Jan 21, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Good viewing location of San Gabriel Canyon.
Jan 21, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
California juniper.
Jan 21, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Soldier Creek and Pinyon Ridge trail junction.
Jan 21, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA

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