Mount Pinos Local Information
During winter months the Forest Service contracts for portable toilets and trash collection. To pay for these amenities an Adventure Pass fee is charged per car. Cost is $5 for a single day permit or $30 for a full year permit. On the days that Ski Patrol staffs Nordic Base we will usually have day passes available for sale. The Forest Service does ticket vehicles that are not displaying the passes so be prepared by purchasing an Adventure Pass.
There is no commercial activity on Mt. Pinos nor are there equipment sales or rentals in the local communities so you will have to bring up the gear that you will be using.
It is possible that an back country sporting goods store near where you live has snowshoe or even cross country ski rentals so you may wish to check that option too.
Getting To Mt. Pinos
The Chula Vista parking lot is about 21 miles from the Frazier Park exit off I-5 at the top of the Grapevine. Depending on weather and traffic conditions it is about 1.5 hours from Los Angeles.
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- Directions to Mount Pinos
- CalTrans QuickMap (Zoom-able state wide map showing traffic speeds, traffic cameras, CHP incidents, etc.)
- Kern County Road Status and Closures (including Mt. Pinos road)
- CalTrans Road Info
- CHP Traffic Incident Information
- I-5 Traffic Information
We will post information about snow conditions in our blog or by Twitter but here are some other links the can be useful. In addition, the latest official word will be from the Mt. Pinos District Ranger Station.
- Nordic Base Weather Forecast
- Mt. Abel Web Cam
- Mount Pinos Ranger District
- Snow Conditions from Frazier Mountain Chamber of Commerce
Hiking, Snowshoeing and Skiing
History, Culture, Geography and Wildlife
- Partners In Preservation
- Chumash Site Risks
- Birds of Mt. Pinos
- Earthquake Faults
- California Condor
- Lodgepole Chipmonk
- California’s Oldest Rocks
- San Emigdio Mountains