AC MM 54.10 to Winston Peak

Trailhead: AC MM 54.10

Trail: Pacific Crest Trail from Three Points to Cloudburst Summit. South Winston Peak Use Trail to Winston Peak

PCT Trailhead at Angeles Crest Mile Marker 54.10 (west of parking area)

PCT Trailhead at Angeles Crest Mile Marker 54.10 (west of parking area)

Stats: 7.6 miles, 1,462′ of gain and loss.

Last Hiked: 1-26-2017

Trail Segments: The segment links for this hike will show each PCT segment from the perspective of going in the opposite direction. Just scroll from bottom to top instead to get the correct sequence of landmarks.

From the Angeles Crest Highway Mile Marker 54.10, Follow the PCT to the next highway crossing at the gate. Along the way, you will pass Camp Glenwood which is an Organizational Camp. Cross Angeles Highway and follow the PCT up to Cloudburst Summit. At Cloudburst Summit take the South Winston Ridge Use Trail up to Winston Peak.

Track map for Angeles Crest Highway Mile Marker 54.10 to Winston Peak in November 2015 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone.

Track map for Angeles Crest Highway Mile Marker 54.10 to Winston Peak in November 2015 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone–click to enlarge map. (note: the path is direct to the peak. The additional parts of the track west of the peak was just me exploring the peak)

Snowshoeing Notes for Track Map: The short first segment can be hard to find and follow if there is a lot of snow. There is a short road that connects to the PCT and is easy to follow in the snow just east of the parking lot–see the label “snow1” on the map. The remainder of the PCT in this area is essentially a road and is easy to follow even in the snow until a junction near Cloudburst Summit–see the label “snow 2” on the map. When there is a lot of snow on the trail, it would make sense to go up to the left at the junction (which has a PCT sign) instead of following the actual trail down to the right (which gets lost in the snow in this area, and a good path might be hard to find for those who aren’t very familiar with this segment of the trail). The result will be a slightly longer walk along Angeles Crest Highway before crossing at Cloudburst Summit. In deep snow, the trail from Cloudburst Summit to Winston Peak will not be clear. However, it is easy to follow the ridge up to the peak. For beginners, taking the road down at “snow 1” and following the PCT until reaching Angeles Crest Highway again follows a wide and easy route with plenty of room to fall safely. As always, turn back if things get sketchy for your skill level.

Pacific Crest Trail between Angeles Crest Mile Marker 54.10 and the next crossing of the highway.

Pacific Crest Trail between Angeles Crest Mile Marker 54.10 and the next crossing of the highway.

Peaks: Winston Peak

Photos:

Winston Peak

Winston Peak