Ballinger Canyon OHV Area

The 32nd most popular off-highway vehicle trail in California.

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Southeast of Cuyama in the Los Padres National Forest, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one of the most popular areas for OHV use in California. The trail system has wide diversity, including winding singletrack. It consists of over 30 trail segments to form an infinite number of loops ranging from easy to difficult. There are 11 4WD roads, 12 OHV trails and 14 motorcycle only trails in the area. Overall, there are about 68 miles of trails in the area.

To reach the trailhead from US5, use Exit 225. Head west on SR166 for 23 miles to Maricopa. Head south on SR33 for 18 miles. Turn east on Ballinger Canyon Road (FS 9N10). Park near Campground.

It is best to call ahead since there are several random seasonal closures in this area due to rain or fire.

Overall, Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is the 32nd most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 102 OHV routes in California. Several of the better ohv/4wd trails are nearby Ballinger Canyon OHV Area including Miller Jeep Trail, Rock Front OHV Area, Buckhorn OHV Route, Divide Peak Road OHV Route, Santa Clara Divide Road and Alamo Mountain LoopOceano Dunes.

Ballinger Canyon OHV Area OHV Driving Map



Local Contact(s):  Los Padres National Forest (661) 245-3731; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To California Backroads Trails" from Charles Wells

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Balinger Canyon Campground

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.8844, -119.4443

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/4/2016

ID:  18255

Ballinger Canyon OHV Area OHV Driving Map


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