2.3 miles
Distance
421 ft
Climb
-249 ft
Descent
00:17:32
Avg time

Pine Mountain Trail Details

The trail begins across Sunrise Highway from the Pioneer Mail equestrian parking area in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, part of Cleveland National Forest. The Pioneer Mail area is home to a historic route that stagecoach’s once traveled.

Across the highway from that parking area and immediately to the north is an unnamed road that drops into the valley to the west. Its gates are usually open. The trail head begins immediately to the north of those gates; look for the Pine Mountain Trail’s wooden marker.


Best time to visit is spring through fall. Chaparral with some oak woodland. Panoramic view of oak and pine surrounded meadow 500 ft. below the trail. The trail connects to the Indian Creek Trail, the Noble Canyon Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail for a loop back to Pioneer Mail Trailhead.

Access Info

Directions: I-8 east to Sunrise Highway as far as the Pioneer Mail Trailhead at the north end of the Laguna Recreation Area. Parking is available for equestrian and passenger vehicles. There is a picnic area with barbecue stoves and a pit toilet, but no water is available at this site. In the summer there is water available for equestrian use on the Pacific Crest Trail near the trailhead.

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More Stats for Pine Mountain Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    172 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,250 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude start
    5,270 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.0 miles
  • Grade
    1.439%
  • Grade max
    -17.332%
  • Grade min
    28.738%
  • Distance climb
    1.3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,009 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,195 ft
  • Avg time
    00:17:32
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