Pilot Pinnacle is yet another of Lassen’s peaklets that rises out of the ridge that runs from Lassen Peak to Brokeoff Mountain. The distinct pinnacle stands at 8,866 feet, opening to delightful bowl descents on each aspect. The north facing bowls may be the highlight, offering fun descents down to Soda Lake 1,000 feet below.
The most direct access for Pilot Pinnacle is by way of the Mount Diller-Pilot Pinnacle saddle (see the trip report for Mount Diller). Once at the saddle, ascend the west-facing ridge up to the rock outcroppings. Contour east on the south aspect around the outcroppings, then gain the ridge closer to Pilot Pinnacle proper. From here you can access nearly any aspect.
Combine Pilot Pinnacle with a Mount Diller lap for a longer tour. If you are interested in a multi-day trip, a great base camp area can be found near Ridge Lakes. This area has excellent winter backcountry skiing options that are all quite accessible from the car park.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.