8 miles
Distance
411 ft
Climb
-3,241 ft
Descent
01:03:24
Avg time
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Details

  • Riding area
    Mt. Pinos
    Frasier Park, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late spring/Summer/Early fall
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
    2014
  • Land Manager
    National Forrest Service

Starting at the the McGill or Mount Pinos campgrounds allows for either a climb via McGill trail or take the road. Mt Pinos road is quite mild in grade and will either be a 4.5 or 6 mile climb according to where you camped. I have climbed the McGill trail, I have climbed the road. The road is an easier climb while McGill is a pretty steep climb right from the start. Climbing Mount Pinos Road and onto the summit, followed by a descent down is about a 20 mile loop. An out-and-back on the McGill trail and onto the summit is between 16 and 17 miles. Camping on the mountain allows you to split up the options. The view from the top is pretty amazing and on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean.

Access Info

From either L.A. or Bakersfield, leave I-5, take the Frazier Park/Mt. Pinos exit. (If coming from L.A., you will go over Tejon Pass) Go west on the Frazier Park Road for about seven miles to a junction with the Lockhart Valley Road (on the left) which is at Lake of the Woods. At the junction, one road goes left one mile (Lockwood Valley Rd) to a ranger station which is a good place to go if you need an adventure pass or information. If not, take the right fork which is the Mt. Pinos Road (used to be called the Cuddy Valley Road) and go five miles to the Mill Portero road which should be signed for Mt. Pinos. Turn left up this road and follow it as it twists and turns its way up the mountain to a large parking area (9 miles) which serves the Mt. Pinos Nordic area (when there is sufficient snow)

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More Stats for Mt Pinos via McGill Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,830 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,007 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,837 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,837 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,007 ft
  • Grade
    -6.732%
  • Grade max
    -37.997%
  • Grade min
    29.756%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,307 ft
  • Avg time
    01:03:24
  • Avg reverse time
    00:02:49
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Status:
on Mar 15, 2015
Variable
Avg: 4.85 (6 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Mt Pinos via... Trail Reports

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Mar 15, 2015 @ 9:46am
Mar 15, 2015
Trail is mostly dry except in a couple spots that the sun doesn't break through the trees there is still snow on the ground. Also, a couple of...
Feb 14, 2015 @ 7:54pm
Feb 14, 2015
Dry ar the start of McGill Trail for the first 2 miles. 3 downed trees with to requiring a dismount and one a reroute. Mostly tacky hero dirt to...
Feb 14, 2015 @ 7:50pm
Feb 14, 2015
Dry ar the start of McGill Trail for the first 2 miles. 3 downed trees with to requiring a dismount and one a reroute. Mostly tacky hero dirt to...
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