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.

Nice uphill climb. Mostly smooth dirt road. Little to no people. Views.

mountain biking
4 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!

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

So pretty and a nice challenge without being too much

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice little hike! Great views of the mountains!

off road driving
Monday, November 07, 2016

this is a forest road with complete driving access. not great for a hiking trail

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great trail, not to busy and nice views

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Good hike all the way to TV transmission tower, use care-on weekends MANY mountain bikers use trails.

Great trail through the Grapevine! Had no idea there was a mountain town up there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

great challenge! will do again

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Sunday, November 30, 2014

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

Friday, June 06, 2014

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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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.

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