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McGill Trail

 9 votes

5.9 Miles 9.4 Kilometers


27' 8 m


-2,179' -664 m


8,326' 2,538 m


6,174' 1,882 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (11°)

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Sweet fast buttery trail! Light on the technical, but heavy on the fun factor!

Paul Rogers


Some foot traffic near the campground areas, USE CAUTION. It is a deceptively fast trail and foot traffic tends to have kids, dogs, strollers, etc. so keep a finger on the brakes, and tires on the ground.


The trail is best accessed from the Nordic Ski Patrol facility at the top of Mt. Pinos where there is ample parking for the shuttle vehicle(s). There are cross country skiing trails and signs up top that can be confusing. Follow the bike tracks.

Pick up the trail heading straight out the back of the parking area where you veer right to the hike-in campground. Before even entering the campground, veer right again.

The trail will start to descend very rapidly. The 1st segment up to the 1st road crossing is called Hazard trail, but there aren't any signs indicating that. There are several XC nordic ski trails leading off here and there that loop the top of the mountain, don't take those. Stick to the path well traveled, all the off-shoots are faint and narrow. After the road crossing there is a sweet double drop-off, but be careful launching as it is a deceptively soft landing. Right after that is a log jump I do not recommend as it is always in some state of disrepair and could easily be un-rideable and a HAZARD!

You pop out into another campground where you'll cut across and pick up the trail on the opposite side of camp. Stay level here, don't climb up or go down in the camp you'll get lost. Look for some sign posts between 2 campsites, that's where Ridgeline (again, no signs) trail picks up. This is a super fun section with nice kickers and big berms. Watch out for people through here.

You'll cross the road again and this where McGill trail officially picks up. After a short climb you get to very confusing 5-way intersection.


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Sep 30, 2017
Ronson Webster
This mountain trail features a little bit of everything. what out for the sand at the top of the run. My first time down the mountain I had wiped o... 5.9mi
Aug 16, 2017
Michael Tilden
Jun 30, 2017
Jennifer Wolf
May 20, 2017
Paul Chinn
Oct 9, 2016
Edgar Flores
Up and Doown with an extra climb. 17.9mi
Aug 6, 2016
Rich Pinder
Tread is pretty good shape; wash board areas caused by braking / skidding no worse than last season. Seems like more of us riding it both ways now!
Jun 24, 2016
Jeffrey Urbach
Jun 4, 2016
Jeffrey Urbach

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Tim, Kim, Audrey and Chris had a successful first- ride-descent last Sunday, August 31, 2014. Beautiful trail and the weather was perfect. We want to ride UP from the Y to the top of Mt Pinos next weekend. If all goes well, we'll do our 2nd descent!!. Sep 4, 2014

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