Los Pinos Lookout

MODERATE 3 reviews
#6 of 8 trails in

Los Pinos Lookout is a 0.6 mile out and back trail located near Campo, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.6 miles
121 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

off road driving


3 months ago

There are some misconceptions about this hike. First, let’s start with how to get there. Definitely come in via North (marked as NO) Main Divide Trail (aka Forest Route 3S04, marked as El Cariso Rd) off the 74. Easy flat road. Then, after 10-15 min, you’ll reach a sign for the Blue Jay / Falcon Campground pointing left, or pointing right, to the now dirt NO Main Divide. Park here if your vehicle can’t take 1-2 ft deep pot holes (you need four wheel drive to proceed). If your vehicle can take it, you’ll save 3.4 miles RT off this 5.1-2 mile hike by proceeding 1.7 mile up the now dirt NO Main Divide road / now trail to blue rails which will identify the trail to Los Piños on your left.

*You need an adventure pass* available at the Ortega Candy Store or Country Kitchen. Very visible off the 74.

About the hike: stunning views of all major peaks in SoCal and even the young brother known as Mt Santiago. Piños = pine, yes - but very few trees. You need a hat and plenty of sunscreen, no coverage on this hike. Los Piños peak itself is pretty barren except for some rocks and manzanitas. Beautiful, great, and easy work-out though.

4 months ago

just tried this one, i had a blast. I have a stock expedition and had no trouble. great views and a nice breeze. when you get to the end, you can turn around or attempt Espinoza trail. I'm not sure about Espinoza trail, looked a little hairy for my Ford.

off road driving
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Moderate 4wd trail in Corral Canyon OHV Park. Interesting and fun to drive. Great scenery and views. You'll want some decent ground clearance. We scraped bottom a few times in a stock Rubicon. Brush is tight.

Sidenote: We stopped at a little diner in Pine Valley just off the 8 on the way out to the trail. It's called Major's Café. Their pancakes are heavenly and I'm not even a fan of pancakes.