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Mt. Pinos East OHV Trails

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Alt Names

Alamo Mountain, Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Frazier Mountain, Lockwood Peak, Bear Mountain, Maxy Canyon, Pleito Creek, Salt Creek, Cherry Creek, West Tecuya Trail, Cold Springs Trail, Arrastra Trail, Tejon Trail, Yellowjacket Canyon Trail, Piru Creek, Miller Jeep Trail, Whata Trail, Halfmoon Trail, Piru Creek Motorized Trail, Long Dave Valley Road, Gold Hill Campground, Snowy Trail, Frazier Park, Chuchupate Campground, Kings Campground, Dutchman Campground, Thorn Meadows Campground, Halfmoon Campground, Pine Springs 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. All of the campgrounds are primitive and water is not available, so come prepared. An Adventure Pass is required to camp and ride here 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 with loose chunk rock.

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

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Nearest CityFrazier Park, CA
AddressFrazier Mountain Road, Frazier Park, CA 93225
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From: Los Angeles, CA
1) Take I-5 north towards the town of Gorman, about 45 miles
2) Take exit 205
3) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp onto Frazier Mountain Park Road, continue about 9 miles
4) Turn left (south) onto Lockwood Valley Road, continue .9 miles
5) Turn left (south-east) onto Frazier Mountain Road, continue .5 miles
6) Frazier Mountain Staging area is on the right.

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


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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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


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMay - November 14CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Reciprocity OfferedYesResidents 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 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 MotorcyclesPermittedCA 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 UTVs / 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
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.


EntryYes ($5.00 per vehicle)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SE)Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (661) 253-8000
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
Swimming Swim AreaFrazier Park, CA
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (SE)Emigrant Landing Boat Ramp


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. Photo Submitted 11/6/2018 (Thanks!)

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! Photo Submitted 2/22/2016 (Thanks!)

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. Photo Submitted 10/30/2015 (Thanks!)

Mt. Pinos East Trail Photo

A close up photo of trail map.

Map of the Mt. Pinos trails and campgrounds. Photo Submitted 11/6/2018 (Thanks!)

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