Pioneer Mail Picnic Site

Area Status: Open

Pioneer Mail Picnic Area

Trail Views



2.3 miles with connecting trail options

Pets Allowed



Adventure Pass Required

Hike/Ride Time

Half to Full day


Easy to Moderate

Best Seasons

Fall, Spring, Winter


On Sunrise Hwy between mile marker 29 and 29.5

Ranger District

Descanso Ranger District - (619) 445-6235

The Pioneer Mail Picnic area is a great place for visitors looking for a day of outdoor recreation. Not only does this area access several popular hiking trails, but each picnic table has a view of the Anzo Borrego Desert, shaded by old oaks and pines. Visitors can access the Pacific Crest Trail on the north end of the parking lot, or hike north to reach a gorgeous vista on Kwaaymii Point at 5440 ft. Across Sunrise Highway, Pine Mountain Trail can be reached which leads visitors to connecting Noble Canyon and Indian Creek Trail.

No overnight camping is available at this location. However, the Laguna Campground is 3 miles away and open year-round.

For a list of more trails to explore in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide

At a Glance

Reservations: None
Fees: Adventure Pass Required: To purchase a pass for this location visit a Cleveland National Forest office, find a local Adventure Pass vendor or purchase online at
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Pine Valley, CA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

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