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04I

Mount Pinos

8,831'

Location: Ventura County, about 14 miles west of Frazier Park, 90 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Ventura County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
Topo: Sawmill Mountain 7½

Nearby Peaks: Sawmill Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Cerro Noroeste

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass Required)
Distance: 3 miles r.t. on raod
Gain: 600'
Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Rating: Easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive north on I-5 to the Frazier Park exit. Turn left (west). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 7.2 miles, Lake of the Woods. Here, the Lockwood Valley Road forks left and the Cuddy Valley Road goes straight. Keep straight.
  • At 12.4 miles, junction with Mount Pinos Road (straight) and the Mil Potrero Road (right). Go straight on the Mount Pinos Road.
  • At 22.5 miles, a large paved parking area and a dirt road with a gate on the west (left) side. Park here.

If the gate is open, normally it is not, high clearance vehicles can continue driving 1.5 miles farther to the summit of Mount Pinos. (If the gate is open, Mount Pinos is essentially a drive up peak).

HIKING ROUTE 1

Hike up the dirt road from the parking lot (8340') to the summit of Mount Pinos (a large electronic site). The register is normally atop a rock pile just southeast of the radio facility. It may be found elsewhere in the summit area.


ALTERNATE ROUTES

Mount Pinos, Sawmill Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Cerro Noroeste (Mt. Abel) are often combined as an out and back trip from either end point. They are also hiked via car shuttle trip from Mount Pinos to Cerro Noroeste or the reverse (25 miles driving between trailheads in each direction).

NOTES

"Pinos" is the Spanish word for "pines" and should be pronounced like the word "pinyon".

Mount Pinos is the high point of Ventura county.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 23-Jun-2002
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