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Meet in the Mt. Pinos/Nordic Hut parking area at 8:00 AM. This is an amazingly beautiful hike. It starts at the top parking area for Mt. Pinos, and within 2 miles, you will reach the summit of Mt. Pinos. The summit is 8, 831 feet, which is a net gain from the parking area of 500 feet. From here, you will take the Vincent Tumamait trail into Chumash Wilderness to Cerro Noreste (aka Mt. Abel), nearly 5 miles away with about 1500 additional feet of gain. Your mileage total will be close to 14 miles. However, you can turn around at any time. There are also ample areas along the way to rest and relax, take photos, and actually summit 2 more peaks along the trail if you wish. Nikki can show you those 2 trails. The topography is undulating, so you will be alternating loss and gain along the way. The scenery is amazing with tons of wildflowers and worthy of lots of photography! Bring lots of extra water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, good boots, hiking poles, band aids, and anything else that will make your day! Plan to return to the parking area about 5:00 PM. (An ice chest waiting for you in the car with a cold drink is a very welcome sight!)
Directions to trail head: Head north on I-5. Exit at Frazier Park and turn left. Follow the main road for 21 miles all the way to the Nordic Hut Parking area. Nikki will meet you in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. Be prompt!
Hike Leader: Nikki