Snow Conditions - Mt Pinos Ranger District

Tecuya Mountain 2/4/2019  



Road Conditions 4/9/21

  • I-5 Fwy through the Grapevine - Open.
  • Frazier Mountain Park Rd - Open
  • Cuddy Valley Rd/Mt. Pinos Rd - Open
  • Lockwood Valley Rd - Open
  • Mil Potrero Hwy - from "Y" to PMC - Open
  • Mt. Abel - Closed until spring.

Please carry chains in case they are needed. Check the weather and road conditions before coming to the area (links are below.)

The Cuddy Valley/Mt. Pinos Rd heading up to Mt. Pinos is open. Check Kern County Road Closures for the Cuddy Valley/Mt. Pinos Rd up to the top of Mt Pinos and Hudson Ranch Road. Roads are icy and snow covered in some places. Please drive carefully.

Adventure Pass Information

A Forest Adventure Pass or an Interagency Pass is required to park anywhere along Cuddy Valley Road, and in the parking lots at the Nordic Ski Base (Chula Vista Trailhead) and at the "Y" (junction of Cuddy Valley Road and Mil Potrero Highway.)  You can purchase the Adventure Pass at Big 5 Sporting Goods Stores in Southern California before coming up the mountain. The ranger station is temporarily closed in Frazier Park. Passes are not available at the ranger station at this time. Some convenience stores in the area may also sell the passes.  The cost is $5.00 for a daily pass

Snow Chains Information

Chains may be required at any time and should be in your vehicle, if not on your tires.  4WD and AWD vehicles are required to carry chains in the vehicle at all times.  The CHP (California Highway Patrol) may set up chain control stations when conditions require.  Each vehicle will be stopped and traffic will be slowed or blocked.  

Parking Lot Information

When the parking lots become full or if the roads become impassable, the roads may be closed without notice.

As always, no matter what the forecast, be ready for quick changes in weather in the mountains.  Be prepared.  Always carry chains, water, food, and supplies in case you get stuck.

Snow conditions and weather

Current Snow Level: 7,500'

General Weather and Snow Conditions:

4/9/21 - Mostly sunny today and tomorrow. High today in the low 60s, low temperatures in the upper 30s.

  • Frazier Park, Lake of the Woods (~4500' to ~5000') - 0"
  • Lockwood Valley (~5000' to ~5500') - 0"
  • Cuddy Valley (~5500' to ~6000')- 0"
  • Pinon Pines (~5000' to ~ 5500') - 0"
  • Pine Mountain Club (~5000' to ~ 6500') - 0"
  • Mt. Pinos (~8200' to ~8800') - 0" - 2"

Snow Play Flyer

Snow Play Map

Snow Play Flyer 2020

Snow Play Map 2020


Know Before You Go.....

  • Check the weather at the Chuchupate Ranger Station, elevation 5,280'.  The Nordic Ski Base/Chula Vista Trailhead elevation is higher at 8,340'.
  • Check road conditions by calling CalTrans at 1-800.427.7623 or on the web at Caltrans Road Conditions for Rt 5 and the Grapevine, Highway 166, and Highway 33.  Check Kern County Road Closures for the Cuddy Valley Road up to Mt Pinos and the Hudson Ranch Road.
  • Ventura County Road Closures:
  • Always carry chains, even if your vehicle has 4WD, traveling in the mountains between November and April. Expect delays and be prepared. Carry plenty of water for all passengers, food, warm clothing and blankets, a shovel, and a tarp.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when to expect your return. Be sure to inform them when you get back. Do not expect your cell phone to work in all areas!
  • Sledding hills can be very icy and caution should be used.  Helmets are suggested.
  • Carry your trash home. It is often difficult for a large garbage truck to get into snowy areas. Take a trash bag with you and take it all home to be disposed of with your other household trash.
  • Expect large numbers of people and slow traffic.  Be patient with Forest Service, CHP, and Kern Roads personnel who are working to keep traffic flowing.
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing information

Call the Ranger Station at (661) 556-6110, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm for the most current conditions.

2019 Snow Photos

Pack it In, Pack It Out on Mt Pinos 2/7/2019

2019 Snow Photo Gallery

Pack it in, then pack it out

Leave No Trace Winter


To maintain the natural surroundings and beauty of the Forest, please do not leave trash.  If you take your trash home (and a little bit more if you are able), the Forest will remain a wonderful place to visit and enjoy.  Use the provided trash dumpsters at the "Y" and the parking lot at the top of the mountain.  Even better, take everything home and dispose of it with your household trash.  Clean up after yourselves, so our firefighters and the local community don't have to.


Snowplay trash 1/29/2019 Sledding trash 1/30/2019

Cleanup on Mt Pinos 1/30/2019