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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I ride a few times a year. There are a few sketchy spots. Don't ride it in the dark : / A couple rock beds are more exposed than last year. On the bright side, a few sandy spots are packed hard. Some trees that fell this year were cut very narrow. One monster tree needs two branches cut. Any volunteers?

Wonderful views! Hiking back up is a nice little added challenge as well :) worth it!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Exhilarating downhill on the mtb. Decent amount of shade for summer adventures. Love it!

Did this on Saturday 6/10/17. Temps were in the 50's to low 60's. Bought the $5 adventure pass in Frazer Park. The trail from the road to Mount Pinos Campground was lovely despite all the Mountain bikes speeding down the trail. Then on to the summit of Mount Pinos, easy to find with the Radio Tower. Visited the Condor Observation site, but no Condors. Did see Whitney's Loco weed which was interesting with the seed pods. The trail meanders down, and enjoyed the views. SawMill summit was further down the trail, with a short use trail off to the right and up to the summit. It was the largest Carin I've seen, and signed the register. Next was Grouse mountain with a small use trail on the left. It was a good climb up and a sight left to find the summit. Again signed the register. 3 peaks down and one more to go. The stretch up to the road was tiring, but once done, you turn right on the road until it ends at a small dirt road at the end of the campsite. Find the rocks off to the right and there is the summit for Cerro Noroeste. I also signed that register, then off to the car for a beer for a hard days work. Having 2 people and 2 cars made this a great day hike as a point to point.

The "trail" is really a service road, which could be accessed with a good offroad vehicle. The entry area of the trail was pretty gummed up when I went, which may present some problems if you are planning to drive in. Most people, from my understanding, will hike or bike this still. The grade is very gradual and easy to maintain until the summit. Continue on at least another 1/4 mile past the summit for even better views down into the cirque below. I went a few extra miles further, which was well worth the trip (even though it was uphill coming back out).

Very scenic, pretty wildflowers and a fairly easy forest service road to walk along. Well worth the drive to get out of town to go hiking.

good hike and good view