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Mount Linn
cross-country loop

EASY BACKPACK


5.6 miles  1,800' elevation gain

best season: 
mid June-Oct
 


2:10 drive

dogs welcome


The August Complex Fire (2020)burned maybe 30% of this hike. But the hike is fine and trails are in good shape

Mount Linn is the highest peak in California's Coastal Ranges.

An exceptional loop, through varied terrain of rocky ridges, meadows, clear creeklets, and small lakes.

There are 17 campsites along the loop offering a variety of options

Dangerous if snow on the trail.  In 2017 the snow had just melted 16 days after the Humbug DWR weather station went to zero snow

This hike is in Yolla Bolly Wilderness; owned by the public, managed by Mendocino National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed.


As of 2021 Verizon has cell coverage on many parts of this hike


Flower Guide 59 MB


There is a grove of Foxtail Pines along the ridge route Mile 3.7 to Mile 4.3   They are a relatively uncommon species, and this is the southernmost population in the Coastal Ranges. About 5% of the grove burned in the August Complex 2020.
 Foxtail Pine on ridge 0.4mi NW of Mt Linn summit
Foxtail Pines are endemic (limited) to California.


 


current weather forecast


AllTrails
(caution:  the AllTrails route in southeast corner follows an old road/trail that was obliterated in 2021 by fire repair bulldozer) (our maps have the new route)


Maps  (June 2021 version)

Avenza version

Adobe PDF version