Alpenglow on West Big Pine.
Eastern end of the Mission Pine trailhead at Windy Gap.
The first 1.4 miles of the Mission Pine Trail follows the old road that provided access to the West Big Pine Lookout.
This section of the Mission Pine Trail was not burned in the 2007 Zaca FIre.
Recent post storm winds cleared the Valley pollution to expose views of snow-capped Sierras.
This is the only evidence remaining from the West Big Pine Lookout.
West Big Pine Geodetic survey marker.
The red can at West Big Pine. Entries date back to 1996.
It sure is a LONG way down there!
The West Big Pine cliffs.
The original trail sign points at the junction of the West Big Pine Lookout and Mission Pine Trail.
Vegetation regrowth on the Mission Pine Trail. Compare this picture with the next one....
This unburned section of the Mission Pine Trail provided some nice canopy shade and a side tread with oak leaves.
New pine sapling.
Bear or Mountain lion scat?
What a view! The Santa Ynez mountain range and Channel Islands in the distance.
View towards Mission Pine Basin. At the top of the switchback section before it descends to the Rattlesnake Canyon headwaters.
Descending the switchback section. View down Rattlesnake Canyon to the Sisquoc River.
Bear paw vs human hand.
View of the switch backs. Taking a waypoint at our turning around point.
Hiking up the switchback section from Rattlesnake Canyon.
View of Big Pine through the skeletal remains of scrub oak burned in the Zaca Fire.
Approaching the junction to West Big Pine.
Removing a downed pine.
Hiking back to our vehicle along the Buckhorn Road at Windy Gap. The end of a great day.