Mt Pinos - TRAIL

Mt Pinos - Trail, Frazier Park, California

My vote for one of the top 3 rides in LA. 9 mile moderate pavement climb (or car shuttle), followed by 9 mile singletrack downhill. Summit is at 8300'. All pine forest, and a cool, clean air escape from smoggy LA. Definitely gets lots of winter snow (we 4x4 snow board shuttle here in winter). Smooth, twisty, flowing singletrack, nearly all downhill, and nicely banked from the traffic. Not very technical, but fast and fun. Hardtail to DH bike, it's all good. Body armor not required, and discouraged because it scares hikers. WATCH FOR HIKERS AND HORSES. This trail is very busy on Summer weekends, so watch your speed on the blind corners. Dust can be a problem in summer, as can heat, although it's usually at least 20 degrees cooler here than in LA. Once the sun goes down, it gets cold fast. In winter, it is very cold. Bring plenty of water, there is often none on the ride, due to contamination of the water supply at the campgrounds (might be fixed now). These are located about 3/4 way up the climb. You can climb the ST, but it can be steep, and be prepared to meet bikers coming down. I recommend not doing DH shuttles on the weekends unless it is early or late in the day, due to foot traffic. The campgrounds are great, but you may have to call the rangers in Frazier Park to make a reservation, as this place fills up during on-season. A very cool place to camp and ride for a weekend, with many other great trails and fire roads. Open fires are allowed in campground fire pits during certain times of year. Elevation gain / drop - 3000' at least. Make sure you get your gas and food either by the freeway, or at the town of Frazier Park at the flashing red 4-way stop. There are a couple of stores farther up, but no more gas, and it's a bit of driving on mountain roads. The shuttle drive takes about 20 min. each way. The road climb takes 50min+, the ST up is more like 75min+, and the descent takes at least 30 min.

User Reviews (17)

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Hillclimber823   Downhiller [Oct 01, 2012]

Good trail with some jumps, rocks, trees. Once you know where your going, it only takes about an hour or so to hit the 8 miles down to the Y. I made my girl be the driver this time, makes it a lot easier. I love the variation in the trail and the views are killer. Can't wait to hit it again this comming Sunday.

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5
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4
Fleastringer   Cross Country Rider [May 23, 2009]

We rode this trail about a month ago and it was quite nice with a little snowpack in places. When we left the car it was 38 degrees and the wind was blowing 25mph. We were the only bikes on the trail that day.

Today was a different story with all of the downhill car shuttlers. We decided to ride up the paved road instead of the trail figuring it would be too busy with downhillers. Instead we saw the same F350 full of bikes go by us at least 3 times on the climb. That white F350 came screaming down the road at one point at a ridiculous rate of speed trying to beat his buddies down the hill to shuttle them up once again. I hope he can control his bike better than he drives a truck with the amount of hikers and mtn bikers climbing up the McGill trail on this holiday weekend.

All of these downhillers doing multiple car shuttles is tearing up the trail at a rapid rate. The trail was in much better condition one month ago. Are these same riders who are too lazy to climb the mountain willing to put in some volunteer work and fix the trail? I doubt it. I think they are doing a great disservice to the mtn biking community in general and we will be faced with the closing of more trails unless the attitude is changed.

If you want to ride it, you need to earn it!

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4
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3
bfitty   Downhiller [Apr 15, 2009]

intermediate riding, but fun. The mid to bottom is like one long luge run, the top you have to work a little bit. There was still snow when we went up last weekend and alot of mud. some really cool views tho.

Customer Service

McGill Trail

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3
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3
El Gigante   Cross Country Rider [Jun 11, 2008]

Great Mountain, chumash special! Park at the first trailhead, small lot, off to the left as you begin summit road. Head up! Climb for around 8 miles, great views along the way! Check out the lower central valley after a few miles. Mostly shaded, some traffic on weekends. Great coming back down, you've earned it!

Similar Products Used: Frazier mountain from the ranger station, all fire-road, great work out, great views, feel the shift into alpine meadows! Some single track off-shoots from summit, get a map from rangers.

Riding out to Half Moon campground from lockwood valley, fire road, no single track. Although there are some out there, go find 'em! Just a great 24+ ride out and back, stream crossings, and lovely views.

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4
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4
Rub   Cross Country Rider [Jun 11, 2008]

I love this mountain. Brilliant single track, I ride it up from the first parking lot, after you hang the left and begin ascending Mt. Piños. It's a hearty 8 mile uphill ride, the trail is usually in really good shape, some spots you may have to carry your bike, not many. Fantastic 8 mile run from the summit! Does get a little bit busy on weekends. Be aware.

Customer Service

First parking lot, then follow the trail up.

Similar Products Used: I also like riding Frazier Mt. fire road, start from the ranger station, it's just off off of lockwood valley road. Start's out paved, after about 3 miles turns to dirt. Around 3,000 elevation gain. There are some single track off shoots from the summit, and spectacular views!

Also, further down you can park your car just off of lockwood valley, and ride to half moon campground, it's around 25 miles there and back. Very scenic.

Peace, and happy riding!
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4
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3
Foxy   Weekend Warrior [Mar 31, 2007]

I tried to ride this trail a couple of weeks ago, but there was too much snow for me to feel comfortable with finding the trail. The climb up the hill is tough, but it is not death defying. I figuge I have earned one shuttle run. I'm giveing the trail a 5 out of 5 so I don't ruin the rating since I can't review the tail.

Customer Service

I would not know.

Similar Products Used: I have not been on any other trails in the area.
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5
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4
Manuel Araica   Weekend Warrior [Jan 11, 2007]

One of the best advance single trails in Southern CA. If you love climbing, look not further. If you have DH tank, have your friend drive you to the top and just come down, but be respectul of hikers and those who love climbing. The air is so fresh and you ride mostly in the shade of the tall pine trees. The view on the top is worth the hell climbing that you must endure.

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5
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5
Michael   Weekend Warrior [Nov 14, 2006]

This is not so much a review, as a warning that from mid October to mid November it is deer hunting season here and I have never seen so many guys with guns - and never heard so much gunfire. I admit I went unknowingly on the last day of hunting season, Nov. 12th and it seemed like everybody that wanted to fire a gun at a deer - real or imaginary - was out. The ride looked insanely fun. I bailed.

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5
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4
Manuel Araica   Cross Country Rider [Aug 27, 2006]

This is by far the best single trail I had done is southern CA. Very demanding going up and took us about 1:15 minutes. It is quite technical for me since I do not have much experience with single trails. You got to make to the summit. It is a big reward 360 degree view at 8,800 Feet. I am coming back with new tires and ready to enjoy the view and the fresh air.

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5
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5
TO-joe   Cross Country Rider [May 09, 2004]

Rode this trail on May 1 and it was great - we started out in a dirt parking lot, rode through some campgrounds, up a steep slope past two green water tanks and up a real steep slope. We found a left turn that took us up another slope to join up with the single track that we should have been on the whole time - rode the rest of the way up and it was great - lots of snow patches near the top. Saw very few riders - one group coming down and a few lone cyclers along the way. Fantastic views, a few tricky spots but nothing too technical. Great ride all around.

Customer Service

Don't start up the way we went! Gotta find the single track at the bottom next time..

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4
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3
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