LA-Camping-Mount Pinos-Los Padres NF

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  • Mount Piños Car Camp - Los Padres NF
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Mount Piños Car Camp

September 6-8, 2024

Trip Leader: Bob King (323) 394-9313,

Spaces: 20

Vehicles: 13 including RVs or trailers, max 30’

Cost: $50.00

Mount Piños is located in the Los Padres National Forest on the boundary between Ventura and Kern Counties, California. The summit, at 8,847 feet (2,697 m), is the highest point in Ventura County, so it is much cooler than in the city of Los Angeles. Bring a sweater and escape the heat. The mountain is the highest point of the Transverse Ranges west of the Tejon Pass. Tall Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines shade the campground. This mountain top location has rugged rock formations and a feeling of being quite remote.

Campground Information:

We will be at Group Site 1 at McGill Campground. The facility has vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. There is NO WATER at the campground so bring all the water you will need.

Bears may frequent the area and all food must be kept in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle.


Arrive any time after 3 PM and set up your tent. Meet and greet snacks around 5-6 PM and Dinner is on your own with a campfire at sundown.


There will be an organized hike on Saturday morning. You will need hiking boots, daypack, water, 10 essential items, hiking poles, and a sack lunch.

Traditional Tea at 4 PM.

The Great Outdoors potluck dinner will be at 7 PM. Dinner will be followed by a campfire activity.


Breakfast on your own and relax until check out time at 12 noon.


McGill Campground Take I-5 North to Frazier Mountain Park Road exit. Go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road for 7 miles and the name of the road changes to Cuddy Valley Road and continue about 5 more miles. Stay left at the Y in the road and head towards Mt. Pinos, NOT towards Pine Mountain Club. Continue about 5 miles to McGill Campground on the right. We are at Group Site 1.


This site is for tent camping and RV’s. All regular camping equipment is needed, including a tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, stove and fuel, cooking utensils, dishes and cutlery, folding chair, and a cooler with food. Limited parking is available for trailers or RV’s.

Note, Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

*In order to cut down on waste, please consider bringing your own reusable plate, utensils, tablecloth and cup/mug. Follow posted rules about dish washing.

Weather: The weather is variable, so be prepared for cool nights and warm days.

Cancellations/Refunds: You must cancel by August 26, 2024 for a refund (minus $20 service fee). Online cancellations are not available. Contact the Trip Leader, Bob King

Payments: Pay online here with a credit card at time of reservation.

You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoors (GO) chapters in order to register for this event. Membership is $25.

This announcement is first being sent to GOLA members only.  If it does not fill up it will then be sent to other GO chapter members on or about March 1.  Register now to reserve spots for you and your carpool mate(s). 

Carpool/ride sharing information: Please plan on carpooling as the number of vehicles is limited.  When registering online you will be asked who you are carpooling with.  It is imperative that each registrant respond to that question so that we may keep track of how many vehicles are tied to registrants.  As noted, there is a limit of 13 vehicles. 

Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, you can sign up on your own at the link below.

Nearby Attractions: The Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway travels past breathtaking cliffs, rock formations and lush riparian areas.

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