9 miles
1,012 ft
-3,798 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Mt Pinos via McGill Trail


  • Riding area
    Frasier Park
    Frasier Park, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Late spring/Summer/Early fall
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • 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
    -2,787 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,048 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,835 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,835 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,048 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,300 ft
  • Avg time
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on Mar 15, 2015
Avg: 4.85 (6 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to mt-pinos-via-mcgill-trail trailhead (34.812809, -119.145356)
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Mt Pinos via... Trail Reports

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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Oct 20, 2017 @ 6:59pm
Oct 20, 2017
Mt Pinos via McGill Trail
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Dec 10, 2016 @ 9:57pm
Dec 10, 2016
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Mar 17, 2016 @ 9:35am
Mar 17, 2016
Mt Pinos via McGill Trail
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Oct 3, 2015 @ 8:26pm
Oct 3, 2015
Mt Pinos via McGill Trail

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McGill with Jon
3:30 | 132 | May 4, 2016 , Frasier Park
5 year old faceplant
0:12 | 713 | Jun 1, 2015 , Frasier Park
5 years old first descent of Mt. Pinos trail.
0:24 | 86 | May 16, 2015 , Frasier Park
Jason goes down
0:16 | 581 | Mar 15, 2015 , Frasier Park
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