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Mount Pinos Loop

 16 votes

14.9 Miles 24.0 Kilometers



2,368' 722 m


-2,365' -721 m


8,345' 2,543 m


6,013' 1,833 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (14°)



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

Paul Rogers


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)
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


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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Ben Mati
Sep 16, 2017
Mark Pedri
Jul 30, 2017
vandall bondage
couple of down trees mid way down the descent. 18mi — 2h 00m
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I am trying ot head up there the next couple of weeks. How was the trail? Jun 7, 2016
Rob Moore
Rob Moore   Brea
Jason Mann Didn't make it...ended up at Tapia Cyn, though (Castaic) which rocked! Jun 8, 2016
Carlos Furtado
Sylmar, CA
Carlos Furtado   Sylmar, CA
From the start out point, this is a straight up drag on a tar road to the top, so not too bad. Then it is a pure downhill delight on single track through shady pine forest. A shuttle would be great as this would enable two or three downhill runs without having to worry about the uphill slog. I passed several mountain bikers and hikers making their way up the trail so keep a look out. Jun 18, 2017

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