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Mt. Pinos East OHV Trails

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Other Names

Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Frazier Mountain, Yellow Jacket Canyon Trail, Snowy Trail, Whata Trail, Piru Creek Motorized Trail, Gold Hill Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area offers about 200 miles of technical trails with several campground providing direct access. Most of the area consists of single track motorcycle trails that are geared for the advanced rider but there are some forest service roads that are open to all vehicle types.

There are several campgrounds with direct trail access, but sites are primitive and water is not available, so come prepared. All campgrounds except for Chuchupate Campground require an Adventure Pass which can be purchased online or by visiting the Mt. Pinos Ranger Station.

This area is also home to the notorious Snowy Trail, a double black diamond goat trail with sharp switchbacks, steep and rugged climbs plus loose chunk rock.

The trails usually close for the season in November and reopens around May but exact dates vary. Call before you haul.

Trail Map... Nearby ATV Trails...


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMay - November 14CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
permitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size10,000 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2000 to 7800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Midway Market (661) 245-1790
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Midway Market (661) 245-1790
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (SE)Pyramid Lake RV Resort (661) 248-0100
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)Pyramid Lake RV Resort (661) 248-0100
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (SE)Pyramid Lake RV Resort (661) 248-0100
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Midway Market (661) 245-1790


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year
Tent: $30.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Chuchupate Campground Fee
CommentChuchupate Campground no longer accepts an Adventure Pass. Kings, Goldhill, Dutchman and Halfmoon campgrounds require an Adventure Pass.


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityFrazier Park, CA
AddressFrazier Mountain Road, Frazier Park, CA 93225
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Los Angeles, CA
1) Take I-5 North to Exit 205
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp onto Frazier Mountain Park Road, continue about 7 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto Lockwood Valley Road, continue .9 miles
4) Turn left (south-east) onto Frazier Mountain Road, continue .5 miles
5) Frazier Mountain Staging area is on the right.

For Chuchupate Campground:
6) Continue past Frazier Mountain Staging Area 2 miles toward campground entrance.


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Mt. Pinos Ranger District
34580 Lockwood Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225
(661) 245-3731


Mt. Pinos East Trail Photo

Mt. Pinos East OHV Trails

The Frazier Mountain Trailhead offers paved parking and plenty of room for trailers.

Mt. Pinos East Trail Photo

Three people standing next to picnic table with pile of motorcycle riding gear, a gasoline can and KTM and Yamaha dirt bike.

There is no shortage of scenery here!

Mt. Pinos East Trail Photo

A close up photo of a KTM dirt bike and rider parked next to forest service carsonite trail marker.

One of the many designated motorcycle trails.

Mt. Pinos East Trail Photo

A close up photo of trail map.

Forest Service map of the Mt. Pinos trails and campgrounds.

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