Los Pinos Mtn. Loop

Total Miles
18.9

Elevation

1,422.54 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

The first part of this loop to the fire lookout tower has been paved since our last visit in 2002. ATVs are not allowed on this portion. The remainder of the loop is all dirt as it circles south around the outside of Corral Canyon OHV Area, which is open all year to green-sticker vehicles. Great views along the route including from the top of Los Pinos Mountain. Fee and dispersed camping available.

Photos of Los Pinos Mtn. Loop

Los Pinos Mtn. Loop
Los Pinos Mtn. Loop
Los Pinos Mtn. Loop

Difficulty

Moderate: Mostly easy except for the section between Waypoints 02 and 04. This portion is narrow, steep, brushy and rutted in spots, but suitable for high clearance stock 4x4 SUVs.

History

Los Pinos' is Spanish for 'The Pines,' which you'll see in abundance from the Forest Service fire tower at the top of the mountain. The tower, originally built in the 1920s and replaced in the 1960s, is one of few remaining in California manned full time.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

James Strange
May 27, 2024
4x4
Open
A lot more eroded than in the past. some deep ruts and the rocks are sticking up higher than before. The taller rocks, combined with downed trees and overgrowth means you have to be careful about your lines. deep mud in some places. Would recommend a companion and/or a rig with some lift and a rear locker at least.
Rob Rainney
May 18, 2024
2023 Toyota 4Runner
Obstructed
Super slick mud. Stock vehicles probably will not make it through this mess.
Peter Vogelezang
Apr 13, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Posted Sign
Weather Event
closed due to erosion. no expected reopening date was posted
Joseph Cioffari
Mar 08, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Posted Sign
Trail Restoration
Closed gate

Access Description

Take Interstate 8 to the Buckman Springs exit. This exit has a rest stop. Head south on Buckman Springs Road 3.3 miles to Corral Canyon Rd. Turn right and go 5.8 miles west to a parking area near a paved 4-way intersection called Four Corners.

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