Los Pinos Peak

HARD 41 reviews
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Los Pinos Peak is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

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.

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1 month ago

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3 months ago

It was hot and sunny but nice views. Bring extra water on hot days, there is also a lot of flies.

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3 months ago

Bring your bug repellant spray and don't try to drive to the trail head unless you have a 4x4. The Trail itself is nice and the views are rewarding. It gets mighty hot in late spring!

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

I have done this trail 2x. The first time was in January of 2016 and it was fantastic weather and when we sat atop the peak we were literally in a the clouds. I decided to trek the trail again yesterday and it was different, but good. Since the drought has ended, much more vegetation along the trail this time. The flies are pretty annoying this time of year but you adjust after the first 20 minutes or so. Short but challenging hike.

5 months ago

Fun hike, great views, spring flowers are in full bloom

5 months ago

Not for those not wanting to go uphill out of the box!

5 months ago

Such a fun small hike! I definitely recommend doing this hike when it's cloudy, there's no shade at all!

5 months ago

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5 months ago

This was a nice hike with incredible views. Thanks to this year's rain, the hills are lush with flowers making the view even more spectacular. The hike can be strenuous at times but it isn't as bad as it looks. There is a lot of jagged shale so bring proper footwear. There are a few false peaks but you know you got there when you see a sign designating the peak. It's to the left of the trail and might be missed by some. The trail is obviously travelled frequently by bikers (motored and not) although we only saw one mountain bikers. Due to exposure, I would not recommend this hike during hot days. Overall, it was a great hike with enjoyable views.

WARNING: you need a 4x4 vehicle to get to the trailhead. If you don't have a 4x4 you can hike from the Y to Blue Jay campground on the bottom but it will add 3+ miles I would estimate.

7 months ago

Nice little trail up in Cleveland Forest. Trail is not steep or particularly tiring, but I could imagine it being a bit unpleasant during the summer due to how exposed one is in the low chapparal. Beautiful views of Temecula/Elsinore, and Laguna Hills on the other side. Well worth doing, and not particularly difficult. It escapes me how this is rated difficult and Santiago Peak is rated moderate.

trail was great. it's worthwhile to make it all the way to the end to check out some of the stories written in the log. was really nice to be up there after the recent rain falls with everything so green. would recommend!

8 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months 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.

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9 months ago

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10 months ago