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Ballinger Canyon OHV Area

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Alt Names Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Balinger, Los Padres National Forest
Last Known Status Open
About 68 miles of marked and rated trails of all difficulty levels can be found at this popular OHV area. The terrain ranges from easy and wide hardpacked sections and sandy washes to steep ridgeline trails with scenic views. An Adventure Pass is required to ride or camp in this location.

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Nearest City Cuyama, CA
Address Ballinger Canyon Road, Cuyama, CA 93254
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From: Bakersfield, CA
1) Take SR-119 west about 35 miles (SR-119 turns into SR-33)
2) Turn right (west) on SR-166 (SR-33), continue 13 miles
3) Turn south on SR-33, continue 3.7 miles
4) Turn left (east) on Ballinger Canyon Road, continue about 3 miles to staging area.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 12
Miles Of Trail 68
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 3000 to 4400 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Single Track This national forest has some single track trails.Some
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Daily Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
some trails allow motorcycles only
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Some Areas some trails allow ATVs or motorcycles only
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback Some Areas Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited keep on designated trails
Fireworks Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Some Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
Parking ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($5.00)
(Adventure Pass Required)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NE) Kern Medical Center (661) 326-2000
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell (661) 769-8944
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell (661) 769-8944
Potable Water Water 30+ Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
RV Hookups RV Hookup 30+ Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 30+ Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (NW) C & H Market (661) 766-2761
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (S) Casitas Water Adventure (805) 649-2233
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (W) Cuyama River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (S) Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
Contact Info Los Padres National Forest - Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 245-3731


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Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail

Trails are clearly marked with difficulty levels and permitted use.
Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenic view at Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail

This is a view of the staging area and campgrounds.
Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail

The perimeter trails offer some great scenic views.
Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail

Trail 24 is rated easy and is a main artery to some of the tougher trails.
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