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Mount Pinos Loop

Intermediate
 4.6 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Nice n' easy, paved climb to a railing fast trail descent!


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14.9

Miles

24.0

KM

45%

Singletrack

8,345' 2,543 m

High

6,013' 1,833 m

Low

2,368' 722 m

Up

2,365' 721 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Check for snow up top. but there are plenty of ways to stay below the snowline and still get a good sized ride in. Sometimes in the off- season the road up is closed to vehicles(locked gate)

Overview

Best alpine trails North of Los Angeles. This place has everything you need. There is camping (even lodging, close by) on the mountain and at the trailhead. Nice little cafe's close by, too plus markets, gas, etc. The trail can be shuttled, ridden out-and-back, or looped. There are several other options as well on less traveled trails and fireroads. Great area for a weekend get away or just passing through.

Need to Know

Keep a close watch for people on the trail, especially near the campgrounds and on summer season holiday weekends.

Trails are not very well marked, but fairly easy to follow. Nonetheless a map or GPS is highly recommended.

These trails are pretty mellow and are suitable for all skill levels

Description

I have to say I love this ride. I always get perfect weather and perfect trail. This is a little known gem just outside a major metropolis. Easy access off the I-5 on the grapevine, from the north exit I-5 in Frazier Park and head west, same if you come from the south. There is a back way in from Ojai and the central coast, check maps for the best route choices there. Head west on Frazier Mountain Park Rd. for 7 miles then veer right on Cuddy Valley Rd. for another 6 miles. Park in the dirt lot at the intersection of Cuddy Valley and Mil Potrero hwy.

To ride this loop, start pedaling up Cuddy Valley Rd. for about 9 easy going miles. This road has very light traffic and plenty of room. Going up you get some great views, and a chance to see where the trail crosses over the road. At the top of the climb there is a parking area, the trail starts up right out the back of the lot. From here it is almost all down, 6 miles of trail carving bliss.

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Shared By:

Paul Rogers

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 33 votes

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in Mt. Pinos

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Lots of people climb the road, but going up the singletrack is lovely and not too challenging.
Sep 16, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
McGill Trail at Mt. Pinos Loop.
Sep 4, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Great views on this trail
May 20, 2018 near Pine Mo…, CA
log X-ing
May 11, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
McGill Trail
Jan 5, 2016 near Pine Mo…, CA
Lots of viewpoints on trail
May 20, 2018 near Pine Mo…, CA

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Jun 6, 2020
Oscar Nino
First time, O2 was super low HR super high climbing the 9 M pavement road and then 6 DH miles super fun 15mi — 7h 30m
May 30, 2020
Vick Roas
May 22, 2020
Keyang Pang
15mi
Apr 16, 2020
Gavin Burke
Lots of snow! 14mi — 3h 00m
Oct 5, 2019
Brandon Hanna
Sep 2, 2019
Bubba1983
Jul 25, 2019
Bryant Nachtigall
18mi
Jul 20, 2019
Gary Walker