16S17 - Los Pinos Road

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3.7/5 (11 reviews)
Pine Valley, California (SanDiego County)
Last Updated: 09/17/2021
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Los Pinos Road is an easy, 4.7 mile road that lies about 50 miles east of San Diego, CA and just 10 miles from Mexico. The road can be used as an out-and-back road or as a connector road forming part of a much larger 18-mile loop trail through the Cleveland National Forest. The highlights of this short road are the magnificent views of the southern California and Mexico wilderness. Driving to the top of Los Pinos Mountain (elevation 4800') one is greeted with 360-degree views of Hauser Wilderness and Mexico to the south, Pine Creek Wilderness to the north, the immense Corte Madera Mountain (4600' tall granite boulder) to the east, and Lake Morena to the west. At the top of Los Pinos Mountain is a working fire lookout tower which, when open, allows the visitor even more breathtaking views. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails: 17S04 - Corral Canyon Road 4E03 - Corte Madera Road 17S06 - Skye Valley Road 4E03 - Espinosa Trail

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3.7/5 (11)
Visited: 11/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail very narrow at points. Expect serious pin stripping. There are also deep ruts from rains which made the long trail a little less enjoyable. Main obstacle was not too difficult in a Jeep WJ with 4" lift and 32s.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy trail with nice views and reasonable summer temperatures.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/23/2023

The entrance to this road from the staging area in Coral Canyon is locked, and the other gates are locked still in Coral Canyon as well. Sidewinder is your only option in Coral Canyon as of today. I’m not sure why? There did not seem to be excessive erosion, water, or mud.
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Rated 1/5
Visited: 04/09/2023

Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/09/2022

Scenic fun drop to the tower

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