One of my favorite hikes! Great way to start the holiday weekend!
ADVENTURE PASS NEEDED to PARK
Stop at the ranger's station on the way in or purchase one at Sporting type store beforehand. You can buy a daily for $5 or an annual pass for $35.
Distance: 14 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: a little over 2,000 ft.
Altitude: Mt. Pinos is the tallest mountain in Ventura County at 8,831 ft.
Hike Rating: Strenous for its distance and altitude level. Be aware of your own hiking ability before you sign up for this hike. You must be able to complete 14 miles and hike at a high altitude.
What to bring:Food, at least 2 to 3 liters of water, wear hiking boots, poles, layered clothing, camera, bug spray/screen, sunscreen, and a positive attitude!
Hike Description: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. I've done this part of the hike many times.
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.
The scenery is incredible with tons of beautiful trees worthy of lots of photography!
Mt. Pinos is located in the Los Padres National Forest (http://www.pinemountainclubrealestate.com/Local-Area/LOS-PADRES-FOREST/los-padres-national-forest.html) and is the tallest mountain within the San Emigdio Mountain range.
The view from the summit of Mt. Pinos encompasses the southern Central Valley, the southernmost Sierra Nevada, much of northern Ventura county (http://portal.countyofventura.org/portal/page?_pageid=817,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL), much of the Santa Barbara County (http://www.countyofsb.org/) Mountains, and the Caliente Range and Carrizo Plain (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/carrizo.html). Bakersfield (http://www.bakersfield.com/) and the surrounding towns are visible on a clear evening to the north and northeast. The summit of the mountain itself is relatively flat and open, with several subsidiary summits covered in pines and separated by brushy areas.
Directions to trailhead: 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 Lot.
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I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Group and it's organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any The TOaks Hikers Group events, you are releasing the TOaks Hikers Group and it's organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer and assistant organizers take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.