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Ballinger Canyon OHV Area

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Alt Names

Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Balinger, Los Padres National Forest, Deer Park

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular offroad area has about 68 miles of marked and rated trails on public land. The terrain ranges from hard packed dirt roads, open plays areas and twisty sand washes to rugged and steep black diamond hill climbs and narrow single track.

If you manage to leave the valley floor and make it to the top of the hills bring the camera - the views are stunning!

This area has a seperate day use staging area that is located adjacent to the campground, which has 13 pull through sites that come with a picnic table and fire ring. A vault toilet and map kiosk is also provided. Shade is limited and there is no water so bring your own supplies.

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Nearest CityCuyama, CA
AddressBallinger 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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Approx Size20,063 acres (31 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail68
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3000 to 4400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenDaily Year-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
some trails allow motorcycles only
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areassome trails allow ATVs or motorcycles only
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackSome AreasNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
permitted at Ballinger Campground
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
permitted at Ballinger Campground
Night RidingNoquiet hours 10pm-6am
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeJeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


ParkingYes ($10.00)
Annual Pass - $50
Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Ballinger Campground Fee


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)Kern Medical Center (661) 326-2000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Shell (661) 769-8944
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Shell (661) 769-8944
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (S)Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (S)Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (S)Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)C & H Market (661) 766-2761
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (S)Casitas Water Adventure (805) 649-2233
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (W)Cuyama River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (S)Lake Casitas Recreation Area (805) 649-2233


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 245-3731
Commentselect option 3 for trail conditions
Contact InfoParks Management Company
P.O. Box 1018
Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 434-1996


Ballinger Canyon Trail Photo

Ballinger Canyon OHV Area Trail

Trails are clearly marked with difficulty levels and permitted use.

Ballinger Canyon Trail Photo

A scenic top down view of the of the campground and staging area from a nearby hill.

This is a view of the staging area and campground.

Ballinger Canyon Trail Photo

A close up photo of narrow trail following ridgeline of steep mountain.

The perimeter trails offer some great scenic views.

Ballinger Canyon Trail Photo

Two young children riding Suzuki 50cc pee wee dirt bikes on wide and flat dirt road.

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

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