Fort Tejon is located in the Grapevine Canyon, the main route between California's great central valley and Southern California. The fort was established to protect and control the Indians who were living on the Sebastian Indian Reservation, and to protect both the Indians and white settlers from raids by the Paiutes, Chemeheui, Mojave, and other Indian groups of the desert regions to the south east. Fort Tejon was first garrisoned by the United States Army on August 10, 1854 and was abandoned ten years later on September 11, 1864. There are restored adobes from the original fort and the parks museum features exhibits on army life and local history. The park also has a number of beautiful 400 year-old valley oak trees. Fort Tejon, at an elevation of over 3,500 feet, is situated in the rugged Tehachapi Mountains near Tejon Pass on I-5. The park is 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles, near the top of Grapevine Canyon. Due to the semi-aridity of this region, summer temperatures are often in the high 80s and low 90s, sometimes reaching into the 100s. Winter temperatures can get down to freezing, with the possibility of snow. Pets are allowed on leash.
We live in Bakersfield to the North about an hour, and this is our go to trail. It is well worth a longer drive. Look for warnings about if the Adventure Pass is in effect. They sell one day ones and the Ranger Station in the Nordic Base parking lot. Great snowshoeing in the winter as well.
Love this trail, it's so calm and usually pretty green. In the beginning of the year it usually keeps a bit of snow on the mountain sides. Great hike for beginners and dog friendly. My husband and I needed a little more of a challenge so we just kept walking to the next mountain top. So if you're looking for more, there's definietlyplenty of room for that
The Mc Gill Trail is a wonderful hiking trail except on the weekends. On the weekends there are a lot of mountain bike downhillers so you have to jump really quick to the side of the trail. It's really a lot of fun for them so I cannot blame them.
There are plenty of quieter trails on weekends like the one from Cerro Noroeste toward Pinos Summit via Sawmill Mountain
Hiked from McGill Campground with my 8 year old son. Since my boy is only 8 i have to choose my hikes wisely. McGill campground has bathrooms but no running water and the elevation is 7500 feet. Started on the "exploration trail" which is only half mile each way but completely paved, easy, and ends at a scenic vista. Then proceeded to the McGill trail". We hiked about 2 miles and returned. Mostly downhill and then uphill. My 8 year old had no problems. Views are great and trees are huge. Pretty quiet with the exception occasional mountain biker. If you have verizon you will have full "LTE" signal for entire hike.
- Cody -. on Mt. Pinos via McGill Trail
Did this trail last night. Started at 6:00PM, at the "Y" and the very bottom of the McGill trail, we hiked to through McGill campground, through the parking lot of Mt. Pinos, up to the top of Mt. Pinos. We then kept going west done and back up to Mt. Able, where we went down a half mile to Sheep Camp. We got there at 1:00AM and stayed the night. The next morning we hiked back out a half miles and then went to the very top of Mt. Able. A very long hike, with constant up hill ascent almost the entire way. Great trail, with great views.
This trail is awesome. If you get a chance, hike into the Chumash Wilderness from the Mt. Pinos TH. Great Limber pine and Jeffery/Ponderosa stands. Incredible views from the Pinos Summit of the valley and of the chumash to the south west.