Mt Pinos / McGill Trail

Lake of the Woods, California 93221

Mt Pinos / McGill Trail

Mt. Pinos / McGill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This ride has it all: great views, good climbing, wonderful spring colors (and odors!) and outrageously fun singletrack. The route described here links and mountain's best singletracks and cross-country ski trails with a touch of fire road to take you up and down Mt. Pinos."

More Mt. Pinos / McGill Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This ride has it all: great views, good climbing wonderful spring colors and outrageously fun singletrack. The route described here links the mountain's best singletracks and cross-country ski trails with a touch of fire road to take you up and down Mt. Pinos."

Mt. Pinos / McGill Trail Reviews

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9/19/2002
I''ve ridden this trail several times and although rivers and streams are virtually non-existent, the lack of crowds (when the mountain isn''t covered in snow), large ponderosa pine trees, sweeping valley views and serenity make up for the lack of waterscape. The singletrack is some of the best around, but watch out for slippery roots that seem to pop up through the trail bed right where the angle of the trail bed is the steepest. If you have younger or inexperienced riders along you may want to bring two vehicles and only ride down the trail. With beginners you should be able to get at least two trips down the mountain in one day. I have ridden back up by using both the road and the trail. While the road is faster, the trail provides a better workout, cleaner air and prodigious amounts of shade. Enjoy.
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Trail Information

Lake of the Woods
Nearby City
16
Distance
2,625 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Spring, summer, fall
Season
6,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,831 feet
Top Elevation
Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District 805-967-3481
Local Contacts
USGS Cuddy Valley, Sawmill Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018