USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Ventura County, about 16 miles south-southwest of Frazier Park, 90 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Ventura County, Los Angeles and Vicinity
- Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
- USGS Topo: Topatopa Mountains 7½, Lockwood Valley 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Lockwood Peak, San Guillermo Mountain, Thorn Point (LO)
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 11 miles round trip on trail, and cross-country
- Gain: 3200' total, 1500' out plus 1700' on return
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Very difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: George Wysup, November 2001
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Go north on I-5 to the town of Gorman. Get off on the signed Gorman
- Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp and go under the freeway.
- Go 0.1 mile to Peace Valley Road. Turn right.
- Go 1 mile to the entrance to Hungry Valley Recreation Area on your
left (paved). Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.2 mile, entrance station.
If manned, you can
avoid payment of the fee by telling the State Park employee that you are
passing through to Alamo Mountain.
- At 5.2 miles, intersection. Turn right (west) toward "Piru Creek",
- At 11.2 miles, improved car camping area on right, with toilets.
Often used as a meeting point.
- At 11.4 miles, Piru Creek crossing. There is a seasonal gate
just before this
- At 13.4 miles, the pavement ends.
- At 17.8 miles, fork to the left. Keep right.
- At 17.9 miles, junction with the Alamo Mountain Road. Turn left.
(To the right
leads to Twin Pines Campground and Alamo Mountain
Route 2.) Note your odometer again and go as follows:
- At 3.3 miles, fork immediately beyond a small road cut through the
ridge. (To the right leads to Alamo Mountain
Route 1.) Turn left on 6S01.
- At 4.0 miles the Little Mutau trailhead on the right. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area (6750'), follow the obvious trail to the south
steeply uphill for about 1/2 mile, where it fades into intermittent
use trail. (Proceeding east along the ridge from this point leads to
- Continue down the southwest trending ridge for
about 1 1/2 miles, reaching Little Mutau Creek at about the 5800'
contour, just north of point 5969'.
- Follow Little Mutau Creek (can be
very wet in the spring) for about 2 miles to about the 5200' contour
where a tributary creek enters from the south (UTM coordinates 165343).
(Continuing west along the Little Mutau trail would lead, in about
3/4 mile, to Route 1 at saddle 5729'.)
- Turn southwest, crossing the
creek, and bushwhack through thick willows up the tributary for about 200
yards, where the tributary bends to the southeast.
- Leave the creek to the
right and climb southerly up the north trending ridge about a mile to the
saddle just west of the summit. Take care to note your route for
the return trip down this ridge.
- Hike east along the ridge to the summit.