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Mt. Pinos Road

Easy/Intermediate

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1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 498' 152 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 8,809' 2,685 m
Low: 8,347' 2,544 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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A run up to the highest peak in Ventura County. Enjoy expansive views from the summit.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Weather might restrict trail usage with snow in winter and early spring.

Description

Starting from the Mt. Pinos Nordic Base parking lot, climb a steady dirt trail to the summit of Mt. Pinos. At the top, enjoy some great views that include the San Joaquin Valley to the north, the Tehachapis to the east, and the Carrizo Plain and Temblor Mountains to the northwest.

The road used to be open to the vehicular traffic, but was closed to motorized traffic once the movement to save the Condors took place. This is a great run for any level, although the high altitude might get to some. Be sure to drink plenty of water and take as many breaks as you need.

Flora & Fauna

Sub-alpine forest typical of Los Padres National Forest.

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The uphill start to the trail.
May 22, 2015 near Pine Mo…, CA
The parking area for the start. This is looking back towards the entrance. The trailhead is towards the right, where that dark SUV is.
May 22, 2015 near Pine Mo…, CA
Snowshoeing to Mt. Pinos - February 16, 2018.
Feb 17, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Snow is sporadic at sections of the hike.
May 22, 2015 near Pine Mo…, CA
In shaded areas the snow can get pretty thick even in April!
May 22, 2015 near Pine Mo…, CA
Near whiteout conditions.
Feb 17, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA

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