The Pinnacles Peak Hiking Trail
Lake Arrowhead Hiking Trail
The Pinnacles Peak Hiking Trail: Unlike the Heaps Peak Arboretum Trail or North Shore Trail, The Pinnacles peak is both lightly trafficked and not surrounded by trees. Located in a high section of the mountain, The Pinnacles Peak resembles a Joshua Tree hike. The landscape is covered with sand and various boulders, which are popular with mountain climbers.
The Pinnacles Peak trail is an up & back 4.5-5 mile hike that features hundreds of boulders along the trail. The trailhead starts near the Arrowhead Fish & Game Shooting range. Don’t let the sound of pistols startle you, as the trail does not cross in near of the range area. The trail continues up to the boulders summit area and is marked.
A day parking permit is required for the parking area. Permits can be purchased online.
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Total Distance: 4.5 miles (round-trip)
Map & Directions
Total Distance (miles)
The meadow near the Pinnacles Peak is known as "The Center of the Universe."
Total Estimated Time (hour)
The Pinnacles' boulders resemble the Joshua Tree area.
When to Go
Year-Round: The Pinnacles Hiking Trail is open year-round. However, during cold winter months accessibility to the peak may be limited due to snow conditions. There are fewer crowds during the early spring or late fall months.
Dog FriendlyYes, dogs on leashes are allowed on the Pinnacles Peak Hiking Trail.
The Pinnacles Peak Hiking Trail Map
Why We Liked It
We loved the how the desert collided with the forest in this Lake Arrowhead hiking adventure!
When we generally think of a Lake Arrowhead hike, we imagine tall pine trees with dirt paths covered in pine cones. The Pinnacles Hiking trail is much different as it starts at the edge of the forest and continues through the desert region of the mountains.
It’s special to transcend through the large boulders and boulder jump near the peak’s summit. We also enjoyed seeing the mountain climbers that traversed up the peak’s boulders. Overall, its a fun mountain adventure with limited foot traffic.
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