82 Photos - Oct 6, 2013
Photo: Pine Mountain (9648’) (standing on) and Dawson Peak (9575’) (left) stand as the second and third highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains below Mt. Baldy (10,064’) (right). This hike began on Blue Ridge Road and climbed North Backbone Trail over Pine Mt. and Dawson Peak and then a little further south toward the Baldy/Dawson Saddle.

My friend Don and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day of hiking—Sunshine, blue skies, fall temperatures, amazing scenery, two commanding peaks, a splendid route, about 6 miles round trip with 3,000 feet in total elevation gain! Read about it in my blog:
http://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/pine-mt-and-dawson-peak-hike-october-29.htmlPhoto: 10:03 AM – Begin hike under beautiful sunny skies with a chilly breeze. The trail enters Sheep Mountain Wilderness.Photo: Looking south up the ridge to Pine Mt. The trail drops130 vertical feet to this saddle then begins a climb of 1,500 vertical feet to Pine Mt.Photo: View west toward Mt. Baden Powel (9399’), fifth tallest peak in the San GabrielsPhoto: View east from North Backbone TrailPhoto: North Backbone TrailPhoto: View east from North Backbone TrailPhoto: North Backbone TrailPhoto: View west toward Mt. Baden-PowellPhoto: Looking south on North Backbone Trail en route to Pine Mt.Photo: Zoomed-in view west toward massive Mt. Baden-Powell (9399’)Photo: View northwest toward Blue RidgePhoto: View south on North Backbone Trail toward the steep rocky sectionPhoto: Looking south on North Backbone TrailPhoto: View east on North Backbone TrailPhoto: View north on the steep rocky section of North Backbone TrailPhoto: Climbing the steep rocky section, sharing the trail with a group from OC Hiking ClubPhoto: View south toward Pine Mt. from the steep rocky section of North Backbone TrailPhoto: Members of OC Hiking Club scale the steep rocky section of North Backbone TrailPhoto: A good example of why this is called a “Backbone” trailPhoto: View north from North Backbone Trail toward Wright Mt.Photo: The topography widens out as North Backbone Trail climbs the northwest flank of Pine Mt.Photo: Zoomed-in view north toward the vast Mojave DesertPhoto: Climbing the northwest flank of Pine Mt.Photo: View west toward Mt. Baden-Powell from the northwest flank of Pine Mt.Photo: Nearing the summit of Pine Mt. from its  northwest flankPhoto: 11:38—Arriving at the summit of Pine Mountain (9648’)—second highest peak in the San Gabriel MountainsPhoto: View west from Pine Mt. as a group from OC Hiking Club enjoys the summitPhoto: View west from Pine Mt. toward Iron Mt. (8006’) (left) and Hawking Ridge (middle horizon), and Mt. Baden-Power (right) with the Mt. Wilson country on the distant horizonPhoto: View south from the summit of Pine Mt. (9648’) toward Mt. Baldy (10,046’)Photo: View southwest from the summit of Pine Mt. (9648’) toward Dawson Peak (9575’) (left) with Mt. Harwood (9552’) (middle), fourth tallest peak in the San Gabriels, and Mt. Baldy (10,064’) (right), the tallestPhoto: View east from the summit of Pine Mt. toward distant San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto PeakPhoto: View northeast from the summit of Pine Mt. toward the Cajon Pass, the I-15 Freeway, and the Mojave desert beyondPhoto: From the summit of Pine Mt. looking southPhoto: Beginning to descend the south ridge of Pine Mt. toward the Pine/Dawson saddlePhoto: View southwest from the south ridge of Pine Mt. toward West Baldy (left) and Iron Mt. (right)Photo: View north back toward Pine Mt. navigating a brushy sectionPhoto: 12:41 - Arriving at the Pine/Dawson saddle (9151’) and ready to climb 424 vertical feet to Dawson PeakPhoto: Junction to Dawson Peak Trail heading west into Fish ForkPhoto: The trail mellows out as it begins to climb the arm extending northwest from the summit of Dawson Peak.Photo: Dark gray flagstone covers the ground on the flank of Dawson Peak.Photo: View south toward the Dawson’s southwest ridge heading to the Dawson/Baldy saddlePhoto: Heading southeast along the arm extending northwest from the summit of Dawson PeakPhoto: View southwest from the western flank of Dawson Peak into Fish Fork with Iron Mountain standing abovePhoto: 1:17 - Dawson Peak (9575’)—third highest peak in the San GabrielsPhoto: View northwest from the summit of Dawson Peak toward Pine Mt. as the group from OC Hiking Club leavesPhoto: View east from the summit of Dawson PeakPhoto: View south from the summit of Dawson Peak toward Mt. San Antonio, aka Old BaldyPhoto: View northwest from the summit of Dawson Peak toward Pine Mt.Photo: Debris on the summit of Dawson PeakPhoto: Another view south from the summit of Dawson Peak toward Mt. BaldyPhoto: Another view south from the summit of Dawson Peak toward Mt. BaldyPhoto: On North Backbone Trial descending Dawson Peak’s south ridgePhoto: Stately pines decorate the landscape on the south ridge of Dawson PeakPhoto: View northeast from the south ridge of Dawson PeakPhoto: View southeast toward Mt. Harwood from Dawson Peak’s south ridgePhoto: View north back toward Dawson Peak from its south ridgePhoto: View east toward Stockton Flat from the south ridge of Dawson PeakPhoto: View northwest from the south ridge of Dawson Peak. This area burned years ago.Photo: On the south ridge of Dawson PeakPhoto: Looking southwest from the North Backbone Trail on the south ridge of Dawson PeakPhoto: 2:47 - View south toward the Dawson/Baldy saddle. This is as far as we went before heading back.Photo: Looking northwest from the North Backbone Trail on the south ridge of Dawson Peak toward Mt. Baden-PowellPhoto: View west on the North Backbone Trail on the west flank of Dawson Peak toward Fish Fork and Iron Mountain with the Mt. Wilson country in the distant hazePhoto: Zoomed-in view north toward of Pine Mt. We shall again climb it.Photo: Limber pine on the northeast flank of Dawson PeakPhoto: Flagstone rock on the northeast flank of Dawson PeakPhoto: View north approaching the Pine/Dawson SaddlePhoto: View south back toward the Pine/Dawson SaddlePhoto: View northeast from the south ridge of Pine Mt.Photo: View west from the south ridge of Pine Mt.Photo: 4:18 - Pine Mt., again. View north toward the vast Mojave DesertPhoto: Descending north on North Backbone Trail from Pine Mt.Photo: View northeast from North Backbone Trail toward Blue RidgePhoto: Heading north on North Backbone Trail from Pine Mt.Photo: Late afternoon view west on North Backbone TrailPhoto: Nearing sunset on North Backbone TrailPhoto: Approaching a backbone with a view north toward Blue Ridge on North Backbone TrailPhoto: View northwest toward Blue Ridge on North Backbone TrailPhoto: On North Backbone Trail south of Blue RidgePhoto: On North Backbone Trail south of Blue RidgePhoto: Driving into the sunset on Blue Ridge Road after a great day of hiking

Read about it in my blog:
http://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/pine-mt-and-dawson-peak-hike-october-29.html