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Mt. Pinos/Sawmill Mtn snowshoe/hike

What we're doing:

This is an out and back moderate to easy journey from the Mt Pinos parking lot to Sawmill Mountain. The distance is 7 miles with a gain of a 1,000'. There is currently 18" of snow at the Mt. Pinos parking lot (3/4/14).  If enough snow is left by Saturday, we will snow shoe, otherwise hike.  Snowshoes can be rented in Lake of the Woods at Mt Pinos Wintersports near the intersection of Frazier Mountain Park/Cuddy Valley Road and Lockwood Valley Road.  They open at 7:30, $5.00 for the day. 

For those wanting to turn back early, this is an option here as long as you let us know and we are certain everyone got off the mountain by the end of the day.

Directions:
We will meet at the Mount Pinos Parking Area in the scenic Los Padres National Forest.  From Bakersfield, take the Frazier Mountain Park Road exit off I-5 and turn right. Drive 7.1 miles, then merge straight onto Cuddy Valley Road. In 5 miles, the road becomes Mt. Pinos Road. Continue 8.4 miles and park in the lot where the road deadends. Click here for more information.

Carpooling: 

We are leaving the Starbucks at 2200 Panama Ln. in Bakersfield at 7:00 AM so that we can be at the trailhead by 8:15. ( Click here for directions and a map from Starbucks to the Trailhead ). 

Adventure Pass Fee:

Be sure to purchase an Adventure Pass prior to the hike.  In Frazier Park, most of the local stores,  and in Bakersfield, most of the big Sporting Goods stores, provide these.  They are $5.00 per day or an annual pass may be purchased for $30. Each vehicle is required to have a pass .  Click here for more information. Vendors may be located here.

Located on Sawmill Peak, the highest peak in Kern County, is a Chumash Spirit Tower.  Wonder what it looks like in the snow?

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Tulare Peak Baggers and Trail Hikers Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.


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  • Gisa W.

    Thanks to Tony and Bill for the fun trip. This was the most snow that I had seen this winter.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome Day!!!

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Great bunch of people, excellent weather, and enough snow to wear or not to wear snowshoes. Even more fun than I expected!

    March 8, 2014

  • Shawn M.

    Thank you Bill and Tony for a great day. It was interesting and I even learned some Japanese.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Thomas H.

    Had a good time

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Shannon

    See you at the Mt Pinos parking lot (not Bako Starbucks).

    March 7, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Shannon, We will be stopping at the Mt Pinos Wintersports before going up to the parking lot. You might want to meet us there around 7:50.

      March 7, 2014

    • Shannon

      OK. See you at Wintersports.

      March 7, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Just called the Mt Pinos Ranger District Office for snow conditions. All they could say was that there was a foot of snow Tuesday and it's been warm. Also, that there should be snow on the summits but the meadows might be pretty thin. I will carry my snow shoes if too thin at the start. Between Mt Pinos and Sawmill peaks will have snow and you will want snow shoes if you plan to go the extra 2 miles. Then again, if you don't mind a little "post holing", it could be done without them. Go to
    http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Sierra-Kern-Tulare-Hikers/photos/20136802/#[masked]
    to see a picture of how I expect the snow to look. (From Freeman Creek hike)

    It's all fun, and you will probaly get your feet wet so bring extra socks and shoes for when you get back to the car.

    March 7, 2014

    • Thomas H.

      Thanks for the update :-)

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So this will be my first hike....I only have beefy running shoes; will that suffice or do I need to get hiking boots or anything else to wear in addition the pass?

    March 7, 2014

    • Kevin O.

      I have had good luck with running shoes on snow. I don't know how much snow there is but with others breaking trail you should be OK. Recommend trekking poles.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Thomas H.

    I'm looking forward to it.

    March 5, 2014

    • Pam B

      I'd like to do this next weekend when I'm back in town, if there's any snow left.

      March 7, 2014

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