Los Pinos Peak

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Los Pinos Peak is a 5.1 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.

5.1 miles
1328 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.

2 months ago

Los Pinos Peak has nice views. The trail itself had a steady incline most of the way up to the peak from where we were parked. We hiked this just after a storm, so it was really misty with fog and dew early in the morning. Would love to see the views on a clearer day from this peak.

Be careful of mountain bikers...even though the trail says no bikes, there were plenty of bikers along trail as we go more into the late morning time. We even had to jump into the bushes off trail to get out of the way of some bikers. Quite a scary moment for us.

8 months ago

Did this hike on a sunny Friday morning the hoke was nice but it was very exposed wich made it hot during the day. Also saw a couple of rattlesnakes one was at the top of the peak and the other was on the road. So be careful and watch your step.

8 months ago

Fairly isolated/less traveled area of Cleveland Natl Forest off Ortega. I think this is one of the best hikes if you want a physical challenge and be rewarded with good views. The deeper into the trail you get, the more isolated and less maintained the trails become. I had to clear some brush with my hands towards the final approach to the peak.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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!

Monday, May 01, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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!

Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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!

Monday, April 18, 2016

-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.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

very good hike with a nice vie at the end

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

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

Monday, January 09, 2012

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.

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