I finally figured out how to the Ballintine end to end without shuttle or climbing Pine MNT twice. I looped it.
I started out on the Ballintine TH and headed to the Ballintine cabin intersection.
I took the unnamed/unsigned trail that heads to the south. The trail is very easy to follow. It's a motor-cross trail that goes over hills and through creek beds.
I came across 5 guys on motorcycles. They told me that they started the motor-cross trail years ago. The trail goes to the Four Peaks Road. About a 1/4 mile from the Four Peaks road is another motor-cross trail that takes you the Bee-Line. I checked it out for a bit. I think it takes you to the Mesquite wash / exit. I'll verify this on another hike.
I exited from the motor-cross trail unto the Four Peaks road. If you're on the Four Peaks road, it would be next to impossible to spot it without stopping at this exact point and looking down.
I took the Four Peaks road to the Cline TH. Some idiot setup a TV on a stump for target practice and left casings and targets all around.
I headed up Pine MNT. Starting at 5,200, there was little patches of snow in the shade.
On the saddle the snow was about 3 inches deep. It made the route finding challenging. The snow was about 4 ~ 5 inches deep on the north side of Pine MNT. I was almost sledding down some sections of the trail. It seemed as I dropped elevation, the snow got deeper.
The creek crossing surprised me with the pools of ice. The pools of waters were frozen SOLID! I threw a big rock and it bounced on the ice. I was able to walk across the ice.
Another surprise was with the last creek crossing where you leave Pine MNT. The creek was line for snow / no snow. As soon as you cross the creek, the snow is gone and the Manzanita appears.
The next 3 miles of the trail is being taken back by nature. The overgrowth is swallowing up the trail.
I made a side trip to the Ballintine Cabin and went down the pipeline trail for a bit.
This was a fun loop. The catsclaw was tiresome after a while.