Los Padres National ForestLocate the trailhead.
When everyone else went on down the mountain, I went further up it to see if I could get to the peak. The road did not actually go there although it was rather obscured by other details on the forest map. There was a trailhead instead. A short way down the trail splits one side heading off to one side of the mountain, the other to the other side of the mountain and a usage trail splitting the difference heading up the mountain.
I met a man walking along with his kids that looked like they weren't more than five coming down the usage trail. He said that the trail started off quite steep but got quite flat above. Although I didn't actually see little footprints all the way up, it was pretty good for a usage trail. It was especially good for a usage trail that travels along a ridge passing about four false peaks.
It looked like a lot of people don't actually get all the way up to the peak. There was a wide, flat spot that looked like a good place to camp, even for a very large group, along the way and the trail was a bit hard to follow through there. After that, it was much smaller and apparently less traveled. Also, the tiny footprints could no longer be found in the dirt.
The highest peak of Pine Mountain is Reyes Peak. It is 7514ft. up and not particularly bald. The peak itself is rounded pink sandstone. At the top, there once stood some sort of structure. Pieces of it remain, but I was unable to determine what it was. Almost all of the nearby pines looked quite young.
|A twisted bit of metal that seems to be all connected. It didn't quite look like a cot, I can't figure out what it is.|
|The top of the mountain, the pink sandstone, a few trees and bushes around at this height (7514ft.) to block the view some, and some anchors for whatever once resided on the top.|
|A little more mountain top, old cabin? lookout?, and the great view beyond.|