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McGill Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (1)

Awesome singletrack along the edge of Mount Pinos.


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5.9

Miles

9.4

KM

86%

Runnable

8,326' 2,538 m

High

6,174' 1,882 m

Low

27' 8 m

Up

2,179' 664 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

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Be aware that this trail is frequented by mountain bikers. Stay alert while on the trail to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Description

The trail is best accessed from the Nordic Ski Patrol facility at the top of Mt. Pinos where there is ample parking for the shuttle vehicle(s). There are cross country skiing trails and signs up top that can be confusing, so be sure to watch where you're going.

Pick up the trail heading straight out the back of the parking area where you veer right to the campground. Before even entering the campground, veer right again.

The trail will start to descend very rapidly. The 1st segment up to the 1st road crossing is called Hazard trail, but there aren't any signs indicating that. There are several XC nordic ski trails leading off here and there that loop the top of the mountain, don't take those. Stick to the path well traveled, all the off-shoots are faint and narrow.

You pop out into another campground where you'll cut across and pick up the trail on the opposite side of camp. Stay level here, don't climb up or go down in the camp you'll get lost. Look for some sign posts between 2 campsites, that's where Ridgeline (again, no signs) trail picks up.

You'll cross the road again and this where McGill trail officially picks up. After a short climb you get to very confusing 5-way intersection.

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Paul Rogers

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#228

in California

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