Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,321.00 ft (1,012.24 m)
Trail type
14.00 mi (22.53 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Three Points to Winston Peak is a scenic and rewarding route in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, CA. The journey starts from the Three Points Trailhead, traversing part of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Cloudburst Summit and then to Winston Peak. This adventurous loop offers hikers the opportunity to experience diverse terrain, rich vegetation, and the thrill of Sierra Club peak bagging at Winston Peak. The round-trip distance covers approximately 14 miles, making it a perfect day hike or an overnight trip for those looking to immerse themselves deeper into the wilderness.

Your journey begins at the Three Points Trailhead, where you'll immediately join the PCT, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and challenging terrain. The trail ascends gently towards Cloudburst Summit, offering panoramic views and a diverse array of vegetation along the way.

From Cloudburst Summit, the route to Winston Peak involves a mixture of trail hiking and light scrambling, providing an exhilarating experience for those looking to bag this Sierra Club-recognized peak. The summit of Winston Peak offers stunning vistas of the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains, a rewarding payoff for the climb.

After soaking in the views, the loop continues, eventually descending back down to Cloudburst Summit and retracing your steps along the PCT to return to the Three Points Trailhead.

Embarking on this hike from Three Points Trailhead to Winston Peak via the Pacific Crest Trail offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and the satisfaction of summiting one of the San Gabriel Mountains' notable peaks.


The trail offers a variety of terrains, from well-maintained paths to rocky scrambles near the peak. The area is home to a rich tapestry of chaparral, pine forests, and, at higher elevations, alpine vegetation.


Winston Peak is part of the Sierra Club's Hundred Peaks Section, making it a popular destination for peak baggers. Remember to practice safe climbing and adhere to all hiking ethics.


  • A California Campfire Permit is required for those planning to use a stove or have a campfire. Permits are free and can be obtained online.

  • For overnight trips, wilderness permits may be required. Check with the Angeles National Forest for current regulations.


  • Dispersed camping is allowed along the PCT and near Winston Peak, with several ideal spots for setting up camp. Ensure to follow Leave No Trace principles and set up camp away from the trail and water sources.


  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially at higher elevations. Pack layers, adequate water, sun protection, and navigation tools.

  • Check trail conditions and weather forecasts before heading out.

  • The trail can be remote in sections; ensure someone knows your route and expected return time.

  • March - May are the busiest times of the year for this hike due to the influx of northbound PCT hikers.

  • The trail is accessible year-round, but some parts may get snow in the winter.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Adventure Pass required

Open Year-round



Peak bagging. Scenic Vistas.


Trail to the peak may be unmaintained.

Trailhead Elevation

5,899.00 ft (1,798.02 m)

Highest point

7,457.00 ft (2,272.89 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California


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