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Dawson Peak - Wrightwood CA
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Dawson Peak Information

Elevation: 9,575'
Location: South of Wrightwood

Dawson Peak Description

Dawson Peak stands at an elevation of 9,575' and makes up an important part of the North Baldy Backbone. Sandwiched in between Pine Mountain and Mt Baldy, Dawson Peak also shares a good portion of the North Backbone Trail, connecting Wright Mountain with Mt Baldy. Given its geographic location, Dawson Peak offers the most incredible views of the north face of Mt Baldy, and a clear view down into the Fish Fork area, which rests under Iron Mountain and Pine Mountain Ridge.

The Dawson Peak trail runs from the Dawson Peak/Pine Mountain saddle, down to the Fish Fork area, where it connects with the Fish Fork Trail. Although this trail is poorly maintained and sometimes impossible to follow, the general area keeps you up close and personal with the face of Mt Baldy during the duration of the hike.

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Directions to Dawson Peak from Wrightwood

For the best view of Dawson Peak, take Highway 2 westbound from Wrightwood up to Inspiration Point, then take the Blue Ridge road eastbound from Inspiration Point to the backside of Wright Mountain (at the road's end) past the trail head to the North Backbone Trail. The best view point is at the road's end, looking back at Dawson Peak. Unfortunately, although you can catch a glimpse of Dawson Peak from other angles in the area, the best way to view it is from the top of Pine Mountain or Mt Baldy via the North Backbone Trail.

Dawson Peak Photos

Dawson Peak as viewed from backside of Wright Mountain - Wrightwood CA MountainsSide of Dawson Peak from the Dawson Peak Trail down toward Fish Fork - Wrightwood CA MountainsDawson Peak from Fish Fork Trail - Wrightwood CA MountainsDawson Peak as viewed from North Backbone Trail on Pine Mountain - Wrightwood CA Mountains
Dawson Peak (left) and Mt Baldy (right) from North Backbone Trail on Pine Mountain - Wrightwood CA MountainsNorth Backbone/Dawson Peak Trail split. - Wrightwood CA MountainsClimbing the North Backbone Trail on Dawson Peak - Wrightwood CA MountainsLooking back up at Dawson Peak from the Dawson/Mt Baldy saddle. - Wrightwood CA Mountains
Pine Mountain (left) and Dawson Peak (right) as viewed from peak of Mt Baldy. - Wrightwood CA MountainsNorth Backbone Trail on Dawson Peak, looking toward Pine Mountain - Wrightwood CA MountainsDawson Peak as viewed from Pine Mountain - Wrightwood CA MountainsDawson Peak - Wrightwood CA Mountains
Mt Baldy (left), Dawson Peak (middle), and Pine Mountain (right), as viewed from Highway 138, east of the 15 Freeway - Wrightwood CA MountainsDawson Peak (left) and Pine Mountain (right) as viewed from backside of Wright Mountain - Wrightwood CA Mountains

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Topographic Map of Dawson Peak - Wrightwood CA Mountains

 

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