Mount Pinos Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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Directions from Taft, CA: Travel 8 miles south on Highway 33. Continue south for 9 miles after Highway 33 joins Highway 166. Turn southeast onto Cerro Nordeste Road and drive on this road for about 26 miles to FS 9N24. Travel this windy road for about 7 miles to a seasonal gate and the Chula Vista Campground.
This is a nice trail with an amazing view at the end as a payoff. The antennas definitely detract from the atmosphere on Mt. Pinos. More adventurous hikers can continue on the Vincent Tumamait trail to Sawmill Peak, which is a tougher hike, but has great views and a really large cairn. Our trip from the Alpine Parking lot to Sawmill and back came out to 7.6 miles and we did it in a little under 4 hours with a long lunch stop.
great little hike. Good for all skill levels.
When I lived in Los Angeles, this was my favorite place to go to escape the city. Just a few hours drive north of LA, and you are at the trail head. There is an ample parking area at the trail head, with a rest room. The trail is clearly marked.
This is an alpine trail with forest and meadow views, and some very nice long distance views from the top. Be advised that this is an alpine trail, and can get cold fast. (When my Thai wife first came to LA, she wanted to see snow, so this is where I took her.) Check the weather conditions before going. It may be tee shirt weather in LA and snowing on Mount Pinos.
This is an awesome little hike with beautiful views throughout. You start out in a forest and move up into a meadow. You will end on the top of the mountain, so you will have a nice view of the valley below.
A really great hike with beautiful, expansive views. The incline was low to moderate that even the novice should be able to handle. The trail from the Nordic base camp to Mt. Pinos is wide enough to walk side-by-side but the trail narrows from Mt. Pinos to Sawmill mtn. Definitely one of my favorite trails.
Good hike and great views. We've done this trail several times. My favorite was at night.
nice hike, spent the night and woke up about 4 and hiked to the peek for the sunrise nice view