Pilot Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 625' 191 m
Descent: -626' -191 m
High: 5,508' 1,679 m
Low: 4,882' 1,488 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A nice run to the most prominent and iconic feature in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.”— Bruce Hope
In about 0.8 miles, you'll intersect the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at its junction with the Lone Pilot Trail, which heads off to the south. Turn left (east) here and follow the PCT for about 300 yards until you reach the well-signed trail junction for the continuation of the Pilot Rock Trail, which goes uphill from here (the PCT bears off to the left). From the junction with the PCT, it's a fairly steep 0.75 mile run to the base of Pilot Rock.
In 2014, the eroding old use trail to the base of Pilot Rock was turned into a well-graded and stable trail with switchbacks. Follow the new re-routed switchbacking trail to prevent further erosion; if you're unsure which path to follow, please refer to the Trail Run Project mobile app.
The OPTIONAL climb to the top of Pilot Rock is not hard for those comfortable on high 3rd class rock. But scrambling ability, care, and dexterity are required. This climb should only be attempted when the rock is dry - basalt is notoriously slick when wet. The climb starts straight up a wide chimney past a large chockstone - this is the crux. Go up, do not be lured out on to the wide ledge running south. After passing the chockstone, the route becomes less steep and you follow the sweep of basalt on good handholds and footholds to the top.
The area with Pilot Rock was added to the Soda Mountain Wilderness in 2009.
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