Mount Pinos is the highest point in the Los Padres National Forest as well as Ventura County at just over 8,800 feet. Along the trail a short side trip leads to the summit of Sawmill Mountain, highest point in Kern County. This was a tough trip. I didn’t feel short of breath or have other symptoms related to the elevation, but by the end of the day I was totally wasted.
In Montecito this week. I read that this is the most popular hike in the area and to expect lots of company on the trail. However, I left at first light and followed a specific route which meant I only saw a handful of people on the trail all day long. This is close to 11 miles and follows a figure 8 shaped route.
Had an awesome day. Started at about 6:30 am under cool, overcast conditions. Halfway through the hike the clouds burned off to reveal fantastic looking mountains. I felt strong on this day.