4N56 Pinyon Ridge

Wrightwood, California (Los Angeles County)

Last Updated: 09/15/2018
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.03 miles
Highest Elevation: 6554 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Wrightwood
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wrightwood
Official Road Name: 4N56 Pinyon Ridge
Management Agency: Angeles National Forest
District: Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District


Highlight: 4N56 Pinyon Ridge
4N56 Pinyon Ridge is in the Angeles National Forest. This trail is literally within two hours of all most anywhere in Southern California. The trail runs east to west offering fantastic views of the San Gabriels to the south with Mount Baden-Powell, at an elevation of 9,400 feet a prominent feature of the skyline. To the north is the High Desert 2000 feet below you with views to Pearblossom, Adelanto, Palmdale, and Lancaster. Close enough for a morning run and be home for lunch or pack your gear for a two-week campout at the Yellow Post Site. With five Animal Guzzlers (man-made water points) on this ridge, there are many prime locations to watch for bear, mountain lion, bobcat, deer, and other animals which come in for water.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is to your left at Waypoint 4 of 4N12 Fenner Saddle/West Blue Ridge

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Wrightwood

From the Grizzly Cafe continue west on Highway 2 for nine miles to the Vincent Gap. There are multiple trailheads on both sides of the highway at this location. The trailhead for 3N26.2 West Blue Ridge is on the north/right side and you will take this trail 4.0 miles to the 4N56 Pinyon Ridge trailhead.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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