Mount Pinos Ranger District

Snowperson on Mt Pinos 12/11/2018

Date: April 14, 2024

Know Before You Go!

ALERT - The Mt. Pinos Ranger District's Visitor Center is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday and Federal holidays.

Phone: (661) 245-3731 ext. 0 or call (661) 777-2141.

NOAA weather forecast for Mt Pinos (8,400')

NOAA weather forecast for Ozena (Hwy 33 3,700')

Road Conditions

  • I-5 through the Grapevine - Open. Check Caltrans website.
  • Hwy 33 is open. Check the Caltrans website for updates.
  • There is access to Ballinger Canyon off of Hwy 33 from Hwy 166. Caltrans website
  • Frazier Mountain Park Rd - Open.
  • Lockwood Valley Road is Closed from Chico Larsen Rd and Hwy 33 due to storm damage to road
  • Cuddy Valley Rd/Mt. Pinos Rd is closed from the Y to the top of Mt. Pinos and the Nordic Base Parking Lot due to snow and ice. Check Kern County Roads webiste
  • Mil Potrero Hwy - from "Y" to PMC - Open.
  • Hudson Ranch Rd from Hwy 166 to Mil Potrero Hwy is open.
  • Grade Valley Rd is closed fo r the winter season. 
  • Mt. Abel/Cerro Noroeste Rd is closed for the winter season.
  • Santa Barbara Canyon Rd to Cox Flat is closed f or the winter season.

Snow Conditions Information page

Forest Orders and Restrictions

Dry Canyon Area, Roads and Trails, and Wilderness Closure Order

Effective: March 1, 2023, through February 28, 2025

Firearms Prohibition Forest Order: Effective February 15, 2023 through December 31, 2024

Occupancy and Use Forest Order 5-07-00-24-02 effective February 6, 2024 through February 5, 2026

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.S0(a), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following act is prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from February 6, 2024, through February 5, 2026.

1. Camping:

a. in a developed campground, for a period longer than 14 consecutive days or for more than 28 days during a calendar year; or

b. anywhere other than a developed campground, for a period longer than seven consecutive days or for more than 21 days during a calendar year.

36 C.F.R. § 261.58(a).

Road Closures – Including OHV Trails (Roads)

Open Roads

  • Mt. Pinos/Cuddy Valley Rd - Closed from the Y to the top of Mt. Pinos/Nordic Base Parking Lot due to snow and ice. (May have periodic closures by Kern Co Roads due to snow)
  • Alamo Mountain – Goldhill Road 8N01
  • Brush Mtn – San Emigdio 9N27
  • Cerro Noroeste Road (Mt Abel) 9N25 – Closed by Kern Co Roads for winter.
  • Cherry Crk Trail 20W14 (OHV #113)
  • Cottonwood Trail 20W09 (OHV #125)
  • East Frazier Road 8N24
  • Edison Road 9N01
  • Frazier Mountain Road 8N04 (Frazier Mountain access)
  • Grade Valley Road 7N03
  • Halfmoon Trail 20W07 (OHV #132)
  • Kings CG Road 8N01A
  • Lockwood Creek Road 8N12
  • Lockwood Creek Trail 20W06 (OHV #127)
  • Piano Box Loop Road 7N03C
  • Pines Springs Road 7N03A
  • Pleito Crk Trail 21W01 (OHV #111)
  • Miller Jeep Trail 20W06 (OHV #129)
  • Rancho Nuevo Road 7N04A
  • Salt Crk Trail 20W01 (OHV #112)
  • San Emigdio Road 9N34
  • San Emigdio Mtn Trail 21W06 (OHV #108)
  • San Emigdio Trail 22W12 (OHV #107)
  • Santa Barbara Canyon Road 9N11 
  • Scott Russell Road 9N21
  • Sewart Mtn Road 6N10
  • Tecuya Ace OHV Road 9N22 
  • Thorn Meadows Road 7N03B
  • Tinta Road 7N04
  • West Frazier Mine Road 20W02 (OHV #118)
  • West Frazier Road 8N42
  • West Frazier Tie Road 20W03 (OHV #119)
  • West Dry Canyon Road 8N19
  • West Tecuya Road 19W19
  • Yellowjacket Trail 20W24 (OHV #126) -East end of trail

** East Dry Canyon including access road, OHV routes and dispersed Dome Springs Camping Area is closed by Forest Order 5-07-57-23-03.

  • Apache Canyon
  • Ballinger Canyon Road
  • Quatal Canyon Road

*Not part of MVUM closure, open year-round

Closed OHV Trails – Motorcycle/ATV (# Shown are on the MPRD OHV Map)

Open OHV Roads and Trails

  • Arrastra Trail 20W05 (OHV #121)
  • Cold Springs Trail 20W04 (OHV #116) width limiter only (gate closed year-round)
  • East Tecuya Ridge OHV Trail 20W17 (OHV #117)
  • East Frazier Trail 19W06 (OHV # 120)
  • Goldhill Trail 19W17 (OHV #124)
  • Long Dave Valley Trail 20W36 (OHV #123)
  • Piru Creek Trail 20W07 (OHV #128)
  • Snowy Trail 19W04 (OHV #130)
  • Tejon Trail 19W03 (OHV #122)
  • Tinta Trail 24W02 (OHV #101)
  • West Tecuya Trail 20W17 (OHV #114)
  • Whata Trail 20W25 (OHV #131)
  • Yellowjacket Trail 20W24 (OHV #126) – West end of trail
  • Apache Canyon Corridor (103)*
  • Cuyama River Corridor (102)*
  • Quatal Canyon Corridor (106)*
  • Sulphur Spring Canyon (100)*
  • Wagon Road Springs (110)*

*Not part of MVUM closure, open year-round

Trail numbers are from the Mt Pinos Ranger District "Motor Vehicle Opportunity Guide" available online or at the Ranger Station in Frazier Park.


Campground Closures

Open Campgrounds

  • ​Caballo
  • Campo Alto
  • Campo Alto Group Campground
  • Cherry Creek
  • Chuchupate
  • Cottonwood
  • Dome Springs
  • Dutchman
  • Gold Hill Camping Area
  • Halfmoon
  • Kings
  • Marian
  • McGill Campground
  • McGill Group Campground
  • Mt. Pinos Campground
  • Pine Springs
  • Pleito Creek
  • Rancho Nuevo
  • Salt Creek
  • Sunset
  • Thorn Meadow
  • Aliso Campground*
  • Ballinger Canyon*
  • Chula Vista walk-in campground*
  • Nettle Springs (no restroom)*
  • Reyes Creek*
  • Toad Springs*
  • Valle Vista*