Saturday, January 30, 2016

Los Pinos Peak Climb - 6 miles

Los Pinos is the 4th tallest peak in the Santa Ana mountain range and although a shorter hike, it's still a great workout with views forever (at least on a clear day). I spent most of the time playing in the clouds, which was fun too, except when my imagination ran wild thinking of the movie The Revenant which I recently saw. Bears bad.

I started at the Long Canyon Road trailhead, right past the Blue Jay Campground. The gate was open, but I didn't mind doing the extra 1.7 miles each way to get to the Los Pinos Peak trailhead. Plus my car is not a high clearance vehicle, so I let my baby rest up while I got my hike on. Start elevation was 3,405'. It was a cloudy start to the west, but sunny to the east.

Finally hit the teal poles and the official start of the Los Pinos trail after climbing the gravel road for 1.7 miles.



Made it to the peak, 4510' elevation, and did a happy dance.

Apparently you can see the ocean looking west on a clear day. Not today.
And Lake Elsinore to the east.
Will definitely have to return on a clear day. A nice short, steep hike, good cardio and great views.

I'm always looking for great hikes in the Irvine/Orange County area. If you have one you love in the area, share it in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!

1 comment:

April said...

Beautiful Pictures....I felt like I was on the climb with you!!