Survey of Pine Mountain Trail

July 5, 2012

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On April 21, 2012, I help with some maintenance work on Pine Mountain Trail in Cleveland National Forest. I volunteered under the auspices of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.

On July 5, 2012, I returned to survey Pine Mountain Trail and portions of two other trails -- Indian

I have plotted the trails on a composite topographic map, made of portions of the Cuyamaca Peak and Monument Peak quadrangles. The April 21 survey is plotted in lavendar, the July 5 survey is plotted in gray.

I did the July 5 survey on my mountain bike, or more properly with my mountain bike. Much of Pine Mountain Trail and Indian Creek Trail is steep, narrow or rocky and difficult to ride. I walked much of the way, dragging the bike with me. It was an exhausting trip, but the ride along Sunrise Highway back to Pioneer Mail went very fast!

At least ten years earlier, before Pine Mountain Trail was constructed, I made a similar trip with a mountain biking group. We followed the dirt road from Pioneer Mail, and where the road now makes a very sharp right turn, we went straight ahead and met Indian Creek Trail where it crosses Indian Creek. As far as I can tell, this route is now impassible, but faint traces of it are mentioned in my survey notes.

Transcripts of surveys.
Image annotations.
Data plotted on topo

Philip J. Erdelsky