Mt. Pinos via McGill Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Mt. Pinos via McGill Trail is a 11.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Frazier Park, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,697 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

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9 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?

10 months ago

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

good hike and good view

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

So pretty and a nice challenge without being too much

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice little hike! Great views of the mountains!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great trail, not to busy and nice views

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, April 26, 2013

I'm just getting back into hiking. 320 lbs working on losing weight. Made it to the second peak. Took everything I had. The peak was very nice amazing view. Signed my name and added a rock to the pile

hiking
Thursday, January 31, 2013

This trail is awesome. If you get a chance, hike into the Chumash Wilderness from the Mt. Pinos TH. Great Limber pine and Jeffery/Ponderosa stands. Incredible views from the Pinos Summit of the valley and of the chumash to the south west.

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5 months ago

recorded gr8

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