Los Pinos Trail - Trail, Trabuco Canyon, California

Los Pinos Trail - Trail, Trabuco Canyon, California

DESCRIPTION

Overgrown and possibly unridable singletrack with steep ascents and descents.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 22, 2008]
mirafiguy
Cross Country Rider

This is a hard trail to climb on a bike (very different from nearby San Juan Trail to Blue Jay). Lots of short hike-a-bikes followed by rideable sections. The downhills get down right scary on a hardtail (hardtail with 5" travel Z1 on front) bike, but still doable (lots of dabs on the way down). I pulled 5 ticks off me during this ride. Expect some bush scratch too. Unfortunately, last week I went over the handlebars and broke my wrist on this trail. I crashed on a very steep rocky section toward the bottom, that I should have walked (front wheel got wedged in a rock). I have been riding for years on most of the trails in Cleveland National and this was my first broken bone biking. I still like the trail, but it would be better to go down it on a free ride-longer travel full suspension bike.

Customer Service

Park at San Juan Trailhead, ride up the road to the Lazy Ranch entrance(go through the gate on the left that has a no trespassing sign on it). The no trespassing sign is actually referring to the private road on the right, but looks like the trail is closed. Go up fireroad a 1/4 mile. Left at Los Pinos trail sign...start climbing and climbing.

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San Juan is my favorite...right next to this one.

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3
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5
[Feb 10, 2006]
ory
Cross Country Rider

Trail has been recently brushed, and is completely rideable except for the hike a bike sections, many of which are too steep to ride up. I would still recommend at least some arm warmers for the remaining brush, and leg warmers would be an added plus, but not needed. I rode it without them and only had minor scratches. Trail is in good shape overall, and some of the downhills are very steep, rocky, and loose. They are completely makeable if you are confident in your technical descending skills. Some tight switchbacks top the last section of the ride off, finishing with some fun roller coaster singletrack with the last section being RR tie stairs. This is NOT an intermediate ride, so stay at home and practice till both your cardio and downhill skills are both very sharp. Plan for a good 3-5 hour ride time to finish the entire thing. Bring 3-5 bars/gels and some lunch as you will need it. Can get fill up water at Blue Jay campground. Consider electrolyte replacement to ward off cramping. Can be very hot ride.

Customer Service

San Juan Trail up to Main Divide, down Los Pinos Trail.

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San Juan Trail (out & back)

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5
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5
[Jan 04, 2004]
RandyP
Cross Country Rider

Be prepared for a lot of hike-a-biking, both up and down. The trail is loose in most spots and you'll be sliding down most of the downhill stretches. We did this ride on 12/31/2003 and the trail was fairly well brushed, although my legs still look like I was in a catfight. This trail is remote and not used much so I wouldn't recommend doing it alone. Bring plenty of water, food and spares. Give yourself plenty of time since this is not a place I would want to get stranded after sunset. From the junction of Main Divide and Trabuco Cyn, it's about 11 miles of punishment until you drop down into the Canyon at the Lazy W Ranch. Unless you're a really strong technical rider, plan on taking about 3 hours to ride from the Main Divide to the bottom of the canyon.

Customer Service

Ride up San Juant Trail to Bluejay and go left to the Main Divide. Up the main divide to the next gate and go left again. This is the junction of Los Pinos (to the left) and Trabuco Cyn (on the right). Los Pinos is easy to follow to the bottom. Have fun.

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San Juan Trail, Treabuco Canyon, Chiquito Falls.

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2
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5
[Aug 07, 2000]
Michael DeNudt

The trail starts flat then goes up sharply. The single track is very rugged as it goes from one peak to the next. Be prepared with lots of spare tubes. Lots of steep downhills followed by just as steep uphills. I suggest to anyone considering this ride to go down the San Juan trail instead. Unless you have a good sense of direction and a hedge trimmer. The single track is severly overgrown for about a 3rd of the ride. This is a historical "hell ride", lots of flat tires, as well as torn clothes and skin (going through lots of dense brush).

Customer Service

The best way there is to go up Ortega Hwy to main divide trail turn left, follow main divide as and park off to the side where the pavement ends. Continue right up the main divide (dirt fire road), the trail head is on the left near a metal gate.

Similar Products Used:

San Juan trail, Trabuco Single Track, Horse thief trail

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1
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[Feb 06, 2001]
Michael

I rode this once a couple of years ago and that was enough for me.Michael's description says it all plus when I did it in Winter I was literally covered with ticks on numerous occasions-you can't stop!

Customer Service

Same as Michael's

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Same as Michael's

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1
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[Mar 15, 2001]
Gene

Yes, this trail is every bit as difficult as others have described it. I think it has more than 13 ups and downs. I've only done it twice so far, but I can hardly wait to do it again. The next time I do it, I want to relax afterward at the hot springs. Also, unless you are extraordinarily strong, this is a shuttle ride; park a car at the base of San Juan Trail, and drive up to the base of Los Pinos Peak to start the ride. I've heard of people riding up on the San Juan Trail to Blue Jay, then up Main Divide, to start this trail. They are more machine than human.

If you go, you should:

- Be in good shape and go with friends who are experienced at hadr riding out in the wild. This is definitely not a casual ride.

- Bring food and water, especially during the summer time.

- Bring extra clothing in the winter time.

- Bring spare tubes and all the little parts you can conveniently carry. Preferably, use Slime in your tubes.

- Bring gardening tools like we did and do some trail maintenance. Is the trail too overgrown for you to ride? Well, you can do something about it.

Check out the first time I did this with some friends at my (lame) web site:

http://www.geocities.com/eycchu

and click on the "Night Riders Part II" story. We found the perfect way to avoid ticks; go when it's snowing, and most insects are dormant.

Customer Service

Same as others'

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East Horse thief trail; instead of going up Los Pinos Peak, take the Main Divide Road (the left fork from the starting gate) and climb for about an hour.

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5
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[Jul 01, 2001]
Mad Mex

First off, you have to hike a bike to start the trail due to the loosness and incline of the first hill, (that should have been enough warning to turn around). Then it is one steep ass hill after another. I am not sure how many exactly, but there are a lot. Also, there a approx 10BILLION Horse Flies waiting to suck on your blood the whole time. After about one hour, I gave up trying to keep them off. The descents are very steep and pretty technical. These were somewhat challenging, but also not my cup of tea (actually I hate tea). Just as I hate this trail. If you do ride this trail anyway, do not do it in the summer and bring a hedger.

Customer Service

None, turn back and go down San Juan Trail

Similar Products Used:

San Juan Trail

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1
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[Apr 09, 2002]
WildTrailsRule

dont cut the trail it's perfect, dont ride it if it's too hard find another one

Customer Service

Dont ride it if your a wuss pie

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5
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[Sep 16, 2002]
Nick

Trail is awsome. If ur complaning about the brush then learn how to ride and stay on the trail!!! It isnt that bad. dont screw with it by doing "trail work"...if you cant handle it go somewhere else. Its a geat trial if ur in shape, I recommend doing it at night so it is cool. Just make sure ur night rider is charged good.

Customer Service

shuttle so u can use a downhill bike

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san jaun...a rippin fast trail.

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5
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[Mar 16, 2003]
Trailbuilder

Nowhere near as bad as it sounds, leave the brush stuff at home, just ride it, take in the best views you'll get of the Santa Anas, and go home.

Customer Service

San Juan Trail to Long Canyon Rd. to Main Divide (left) up steep mile and 1/2, Los Pinos up and down, finally down to (right) to car. 26 miles 5500ft.

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Chiquito up and back to the waterfall, too much poison oak on the easy upper part.

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5
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