Mount Pinos Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Mount Pinos Trail is a 3.5 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
531 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

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.

hiking
1 hour 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).

hiking
20 days 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

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

Awesome view!

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

horseback riding
11 months ago

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

hiking
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

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

backpacking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

great little hike. Good for all skill levels.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2012

nice hike, spent the night and woke up about 4 and hiked to the peek for the sunrise nice view

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