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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles
515 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips


trail running




wild flowers


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.

19 days ago

Beautiful trail, 2 miles gradual uphill then back down. Chilly this time of year, should have brought a light sweater. Some lovely birds in the meadow near the top.

1 month ago

Fantastic views for such an easy hike. What I really like is that you can add much more to the hike when you start below the Nordic base. A bit more challenging and beautiful shaded meadows with lots of flowers.

1 month ago

9-1-18: Nice walk anyone can do. There was an 89 year old gentleman by himself with COPD breathing hard that was taking lots of breaks and moving slowly so anyone that can walk up can do it. I think it's 2 miles from parking lot to the top. Great weather, temperature 73 deg at noon (not cold or hot), no wind... Perfect. It is over 8,000 feet so oxygen in the air is less... You'll be breathing a little harder.

1 month ago

Super easy, beautiful hike❤️⛰

4 months ago

Beautiful trail! Fairly flat up to Mt Pinos, but the trail gets a little more difficult if you want to continue to Sawmill Mountain and Grouse Mountain (which makes it about 10 miles RT).

4 months ago

Not too hard, great view from the peak.

It was super easy. The only thing is that there was snow and we were not ready for that. But fun never the less

9 months ago

Super easy and fun trail. Did it for my annual New Year’s Day hike and the views were awesome! A little warmer than expected but still perfect weather.

9 months ago

Awesome view!

10 months ago

Beautiful trail, a quick in and out. Perfect for new hikers and families.

11 months ago

Great hike. Less than a mile to the first great view of the valley.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great hike with lots to explore when you get to the top.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Very easy hike, dog friendly and everyone we met was very nice. Great views at the top also!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One of my favorite local hikes. Beautiful scenery and more views than a Drake album. Took this all the way to Sheep Camp campground and boy was it a treat. Definitely recommend.

Monday, August 14, 2017

amazing summer day hiking spot with tems in the upper 60s in august. easy hike but bring water and sunscreen of course.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

We're not experienced hikers at all and this trail was a breeze! My 4 year old and 10 year old kids loved it. Lots to see and plenty of shade.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Easy hike. Good for kids or dogs with a large path, plenty of shade and not too steep.

horseback riding
Sunday, July 16, 2017

This is a great trail! there is a lot of traffic. Many are hikers hiking with there dogs and family!..

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beautiful spot with historical Native American (Chumash) wilderness views. Watch out for big rocks, trunks, and roots on the path! Bring comfortable hiking shoes. I went yesterday 5/24. Weather is always changing, but the temperature was tolerable this day, especially in the shade. And there is an ample amount of shade throughout the wood. Will be back.

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 11, 2017

It as super nice up here and it's so quite the hikes are great and during winter it's super cold and the snow was beautiful

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great hike, summit is at 8800 feet. Got a little winded because of altitude, but a great hike

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BEST PLACE TO SEE A CALIFORNIA CONDOR! You gotta hike to the top but they are there. April is a great time to go. Been twice. Beautiful in the Chumash wildness, simply breathtaking. I would go there many more times if I still lived in California. One of my favorite places to Backpack. Quiet and peaceful.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Still icy snow, not impossible to hike. Great view at the top

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Still plenty of snow on the trail and some of it is very icy.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

great little hike. Good for all skill levels.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good hike and great views. We've done this trail several times. My favorite was at night.

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