Los Pinos Peak

HARD 12 reviews
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Los Pinos Peak is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 1554 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running




wild flowers

Los Pinos Peak Trail is a 14 mile point-to-point trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

15 days ago

We did this trail on Sunday. We took Ortega Hwy to the sign for Blue Jay/North Main Divide Road. The paved road winds around til to reach a Y in the road. The left goes to Blue Jay/Falcon, the right to N. Main Divide. This "Y" is where we parked. We took the dirt road on the right up the hill for a couple miles til you reach two sets of light green fencing on your left. Here you have 4 options. To the right is where North Main Divide continues. In front of you past the green fencing there is a sign that says "Los Pinos Peak and Trabuco" Both trails on the left go to Los Pinos. On is a short direct shot up to what the one that vears off from the trail sign connects to. If you want to go to Trabuco keep straight. Sounds confusing but when you get up there it will make sense. Basically, stay to the left :) From there, you will be on a single track til you reach the peak. It is at times rocky and looks steeper and harder than it is. You will think you are at the peak, there is a kind of a false summit, where there is a fire pit, keep on past there for probably about 15 minutes and then you will reach the peak on your left. There is a mound of rocks and just walk up and there will be a sign in the rocks next to the markers. Just an FYI, there were lots of cars, dirt bikes, and mountain bikers the day we went. Most were considerate and passed us slowly, a few weren't. It is uphill 90% of the way, but it is totally doable. I would take trekking poles as they helped in a few places. I would do this hike again. If you had a 4x4 and are comfortable driving these types of roads, you could drive up to where the Los Pinos/Trabuco signs are too.

3 months ago

Pretty hike. The single track has lose shale so I would recommend hiking boots or trail runners with aggressive soles. It was quite warm (August 2016) but the fire road at the start provides some shade. Great view at the peak. If you expect to drive on the fire road (past the Y of blue jay and main divide, which is where we parked), four wheel drive is required. I would do again! Enjoy!

5 months ago

7 months ago

-Great trail. Great view. Good gain of elevation, a lot of lose rocks so it's a little harder on uphill hike.
-Dogs allowed.
-I highly recommended an early morning hike before it gets to hot.

7 months ago

Great hike! Definitely a great leg workout as it is mostly uphill. We parked at the blue jay/main divide split and hiked up to the trailhead. Make sure to wear good shoes as the terrain is quite rocky.

8 months ago

very good hike with a nice vie at the end

9 months ago

Good hike. If you like hiking up hill this is a good one. Once you get to the peak it's beautiful. We parked at blue jay and just paid $5 for day parking.

10 months ago

Real fun hike. Pretty tough, but just makes the accomplishment more commendable.

11 months ago

1 year ago

A simple out and back trail with great views to the south overlooking the Cleveland NF. Too bad some idiot put MJ in the geocache at the peak.

4 years ago

started this hike at the lazy w Methodist camp and ended it at the bluejay campground. we parked one car at each trailhead. It took us a little over 6 hours to complete this 14 mile hike

4 years ago

Hiked up to the los pinos peak today. My girl and i drove up ortega hwy from the 5 fwy about 21 or so miles. There is a Fire station on the right and a small visitor center where we purchased our day pass. From there we drove up a few hundred yards and made a left onto main divide rd. There is a fork right away but we stayed on the paved road that went left. Stay on this road for a while and you come to another fork. To the left is the road to bluejay campground. The main divide rd becomes a dirt road here and continues up to the right. There is a gate that was open. We drove about .5 miles up the dirt road in our small passeger car and decided to park. From there we hiked up to where the road ends at at flat area. There is a trail leading down to the right and one that leads up the hill to the left. It is marked by teal metal poles. This is the trailhead and the route we took up. From there it was a short hike to the false summit. There are no big boulders at here like at the pinos peak. head down the backside of the false summit and after a short distance you'll head up to he pinos peak. It is marked with two u.s. Geodetic medalions imbedded into the boulders at th peak. We searched but could not locate the register to sign.

We're beginners and the trail was tough, but definitely doable, and the trail offers beautiful views. Took us about an hour and half to make it up and an hour to get back down. Bringing a walking stick for the way down wouldve been helpful since its pretty steep and rocky.