Past Meetup

Mt Pinos & Sawmill Mountain Expolratory

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Chula Vista Campground

Cuddy Valley Rd, · Frazier Park, CA

How to find us

At the Chula Vista Campground Parking Lot

Location image of event venue



Organizer: Rick Sarpolus

Location: Frazier Park, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: 11 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1380'

Time: 5-7 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, Partial shade

Water: You must carry a minimum of 2.5 liters.

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: In the parking lot

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (

Adventure Pass: Yes

Carpool: Carpool sign up (


Direction: From Los Angeles, take Interstate I-5 north and exit Frazier Mountain Park Road - about 35 miles past the Castaic Junction (Magic Mountain). Turn left from the Frazier Park off ramp and drive west. You will reach a 4-way stop in the center of Frazier Park.

Continue west on Frazier Mountain Park Road. You will pass Lockwood Valley Road on your left after 3 miles and Frazier Mountain Park Road will veer right and become Cuddy Valley Road. You will eventually come to a "Y" intersection where Mil Potrero Highway meets Cuddy Valley Road with a sign indicating directions to Pine Mountain Club and Mt. Pinos. Stay on Cuddy Valley Road. Cuddy Valley Road will become Mt. Pinos Road at this “Y” intersection.

Follow Mt. Pinos road about 9 miles. You’ll pass through two yellow snow gates. One gate is at about 2 miles in and the other snow gate is about 6 miles in. You’ll eventually reach a road sign that says, "Pavement Ends." The Mt. Pinos parking area (Chula Vista) is just beyond this sign.

Parking: Parking lot, adventure pass required. If Parking lot is full, you may park on the roadside, but watch out for "No Parking" signs.
Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 7 (Chip in link)

Trail / Venue Description:

Mt. Pinos is located in the Los Padres National Forest and is the tallest mountain within the San Emigdio Mountain range and part of the larger Transverse Ranges, a portion of the California Coast Ranges. Sometimes it is mistakenly grouped with the Tehachapi Mountains. It is the highest point in Ventura County at 8,831 feet. Sawmill Mountain at 8,818 feet is the highest point in Kern County.

The summit of Mt. Pinos can be reached by a 1.4 mile hike along a dirt road from a parking area (Chula Vista) at the end of Los Padres National Forest Road S349S also known as Mt. Pinos Road. This trail continues into the Chumash Indian Wilderness on the west facing Mt. Pinos slope. The trail stops at Mount Abel (Cerro Noroeste), about 6 miles. Most of the trail is above 8,000 feet and offers hikers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Mt. Pinos (8831'), Sawmill Mountain (8818'), Grouse Mountain (8650'), Cerro Noroeste / Mt. Abel (8286')

This is an exploratory. We will be using GPS for navigation. The hike outward will require navigation, the return will be easier as we will retrace our steps back.

Photo courtesy: Deepak


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event or any other event.

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement and our liability waiver can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.

No drug: Zero tolerance for all illegal drug use.



If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (, fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.

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