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Pipeline Loop

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 4.5 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An arduous climb up Ollason Peak, followed by 10-15 minutes of narrow downhill.


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Map Key

9.3

Miles

14.9

KM

40%

Singletrack

1,752' 534 m

High

153' 47 m

Low

1,616' 493 m

Up

1,616' 492 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

See county park web site for hours. Normally 8 am to around sunset. Trails may be closed when rain occurs.

Overview

The climb goes up to Ollason Peak at 1800 feet.

It's followed by a descent on the backside of the peak, which then leads into a very narrow singletrack along a canyon wall.

Need to Know

Parking at Toro Park has a fee, and all walk-ins are now $2.

There are 3 small dry creeks (less than 1 foot wide) to cross during the descent that are not optional and require hike-a-bike or jumping.

Description

The trail starts in Toro Park near various picnic grounds, then slowly switches to fire roads and singletrack, leading up to Ollason Peak at 1800'. This is a fairly long and tiring climb.

The reward for the climb is a long technical downhill along a canyon wall. The difficulty comes mostly from the narrowness of the trail, with the canyon lurking below (10-20 feet) and the tight turns.

There are various other trails here that can be combined. After the descent, you can turn left at the main road to repeat the loop.

History & Background

This Pipeline trail was recently constructed, having been completed in 2012.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jordy Boom with improvements by Ryan Marzolf

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 35 votes

#410

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  4.5 from 35 votes
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Super fun and interesting downhill! Mossy and heavy vegetation. Great flow to the trail.
Dec 29, 2014 near Salinas, CA
After the climb up "Sh*t hill. Looking back down valley. Great climb, difficult for sure!
Dec 29, 2014 near Salinas, CA
Climbing up Sh*t hill. This is a tough climb (steeper than the photo looks) but totally worth getting to the top. Great views along the way and the top of the hill is at 1,800'.
Dec 29, 2014 near Salinas, CA
Looking at the Bay after a healthy climb!
Oct 13, 2014 near Salinas, CA
At the top of Ollason Peak 1800'. It's a steep climb to the top with windy vistas. Pack a wind breaker!
Apr 27, 2016 near Salinas, CA
Some locals on the Ollason Trail. This was before it really started getting tough.
May 30, 2017 near Salinas, CA

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Aug 31, 2022
Tori Clark
Feb 28, 2022
Jamie Desieyes
Nov 27, 2021
Dan S
Trail conditions are excellent
Oct 30, 2021
James Bishop
Lots of cool trails in the area! Bring your legs to loop the climb! 15.4mi
Aug 7, 2021
Remy Tennant
Extended the road by heading out along the ridge at the top. 12mi — 2h 05m
May 22, 2021
Michael Pacheco
Jun 26, 2020
Kevin Carlson
Super loose right now, they just graded road 11.3mi — 1h 13m
Jun 23, 2020
Sergio Mendoza