Ascent of Pinon Point on 2018-06-15
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, June 15, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6000 ft / 1828 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI took Hwy 8 to Sunrise Highway aka County Route 1 to the Laguna Mountain Visitor Center. It's a paved highway and parking lot, so no special equipment is needed. Parking rules apply, so you will need a day pass or Annual Pass. You can buy a National Forests Adventure Pass there, but it is not the same as as the Interagency National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which you can pick up at Cabrillo National Monument in the City of San Diego. Park by the Visitor Center. Visitor Center has assorted maps and books. I recommend the Cleveland National Forest Atlas as a sound investment for hiking these local peaks. You can get a free trail map from the Visitor Center.
Trailhead is the same as the parking lot. Look for a stone monument labeled Indian Trail, although the trail has been been dubbed the Kwaaymii Trail after the local Native Americans who lived there intermittently until they were squeezed out by year-round ranching operation. There is a mailbox nearby with the same trail maps indicating local fauna, area history, and other information.
All things considered, this is a generic, family-friendly nature trail that happens to reach the top of Pinon Point, 6010 ft. at Station 7 on your map. The top is basically a rust-colored, scraped-off boulder with no metate holes. The trip is marked by some interesting summer cabins. It descends back down toward Sunrise Highway which is never out of ear-shot. You will finish where you started. There is a store nearby that sells souvenirs, t-shirts, and winter gear.
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