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Pilot Pinnacle
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Pilot Pinnacle

 
Pilot Pinnacle

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.46807°N / 121.53361°W

Object Title: Pilot Pinnacle

County: Tehama

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8886 ft / 2708 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2013 / Sep 17, 2013

Object ID: 867530

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Overview

 
Lassen Peak from Pilot Pinnacle
Lassen Peak from Pilot Pinnacle
Pilot Pinnacle is a striking volcanic composite remnant along the ridge of remnant peaks that include Mt. Diller and Brokeoff Mtn. 2 miles southwest of Lassen Peak. The peaks on this ridge and Mt. Conard 3 miles to the southeast are the eroded remains of ancient Mt. Tehama a giant stratovolcano 11,000' in elevation that covered an area much larger than Lassen Peak.
This is a half day or less scramble from Highway 89. The rock is potentially brittle  in places so caution is advised. It is class 3 from the west side. The Pinnacle offers outstanding views of Lassen Peak and the heart of Lassen National Park.

Getting There

 
Brokeoff Mtn. and Pilot Pinnacle
Brokeoff Mt. and Pilot Pinnacle
From the south entrance: Emerald Lake: From Interstate 5 turn east on Hwy. 36 at Red Bluff. Go 44 miles east to Hwy. 89. Turn left (north) and go 4 miles to the Lassen Park entrance. Continue another 5.4 miles to Emerald Lake on the left. Parking is on the roadside.
From the north entrance: From Interstate 5 at Redding turn east and go 46 miles to Hwy 89 at the west entrance to Lassen Park. Go approximately 22 miles around and over the 8,512' pass and down to Emerald Lake and park.

Route

 
Pilot Pinnacle from the ridge.
Pilot Pinnacle from the 8,740' high point
From the left (south) side of Emerald Lake hike west up to the ridge to the left of Ski Heil Peak and go south. Scramble over the class 3 8,740' high point and continue on up and around the right side of Pilot Pinnacle. Scramble up the west side to an open easy summit area. The northeast ridge direct route is more challenging class 3 with loose rock. It is 2 miles round trip with approximately 1000' gain.

Red Tape

 
Southwest from below Pilot Pinnacle
South from the ridge below Pilot Pinnacle
There is a fee of 10 dollars per vehicle and 5 dollars per person to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park. An annual pass can be obtained for 25$. A lifetime pass to all national parks is obtained for a mere 10$ for persons 62 or over.

When to Climb

 
Broeoff Mtn. and Pilot Pinnacle from the northeast
Pilot Pinnacle from the northeast
Usually June to mid October depending on the snow fall conditions.

Camping

 
Pilot Pinnacle and Mt. Diller
Pilot Pinnacle and Mt. Diller from the northwest
There are numerous campgrounds in Lassen Park. There is one at Manzanita Lake and one near the park entrance among others.
For more information click on this link: Campgrounds of Lassen Volcanic.

Current weather and road conditions

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Images

Pilot Pinnacle from the ridge.Southwest from below Pilot PinnacleLassen Peak from Pilot PinnacleBrokeoff Mtn. and Pilot Pinnacle from the northeastPilot PinnacleBrokeoff Mtn. and Pilot PinnacleLassen Peak from below Pilot Pinnacle
Pilot Pinnacle and Mt. DillerEast from Pilot PinnaclePilot Pinnacle from the northeastBrokeoff Mtn. and Mt. Diller from Pilot PinnacleBrokeoff Mtn. and Pilot Pinnacle  from the ridgeSoutheast from Pilot PinnaclePilot Pinnacle below Mt. Diller