Piedra Blanca Creek Trail to Pine Mountain Lodge
ElevationAscent: 3,314' 1,010 m
Descent: -3,314' -1,010 m
High: 6,025' 1,836 m
Low: 2,986' 910 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A nice out-and-back run to Pine Mountain Lodge Camp.”— John McKinney
Piedra Blanca Camp is about 2.3 miles along the trail. Less than 0.5 miles from the camp, there is a small spur trail off to the right which crosses the North Fork of Piedra Blanca Creek; this trail leads to Twin Forks Camp. The main trail continues to follow North Fork Piedra Blanca Creek, but veers away as the trail ascends steeply from 4 to 5.75 miles.
Pine Mountain Lodge Camp is reached at 6.3 miles along the trail, and lies at the junction with Cedar Creek Trail. If you're looking for a long day hike, rest here and then head on back down the trail. Otherwise, Pine Mountain Lodge Camp makes for an interesting campsite to explore. The camp is located amongst cedar and pine trees, and sandstone outcrops. There are two campsites to choose from, an upper and lower. There are quite a few people who visit the camp but likely it won't be crowded. After a restful night, head back the way you came.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office