Chula Vista Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View southwest from Mt Pinos summit

This trailhead is located at the end of Mt. Pinos Highway at an elevation of 8,360 ft.  The trailhead provides non-vehicle access to the Mt Pinos Summit Botanical Area, Mt Pinos Condor Observation Site, the Chumash Wilderness, and the East end of the Tumamait Trail (21W03).  Snowfall in winter offers opportunities for snow sports.

To get to the Tumamait Trail and the Condor Observation Site, take Forest Service Road 9N24 from the Southwest end of the Chula Vista Parking Lot for 2 miles.  Difficulty:  moderate. 

Chula Vista Campground is approximately 500’ from the Northeast end of the Chula Vista Parking Lot.  Additional wilderness campgrounds can be accessed via the Tumamait Trail.

Blueflag iris in Chula Vista Meadow Clouds over Mt Pinos summit Seat at Condor Observation site on Mt Pinos summit Lichen rock at Mt Pinos summit Lodgepole pine snag at Mt Pinos summit

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Recreation pass required for parking. Check weather conditions before driving up the mountain.
Operational Hours: Open year round.
Reservations: None – wilderness trail camps are first-come, first served, maximum group size 25 people
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Fees No fee for parking during summer season.  An Adventure Pass ($5/day, $30/year) or Interagency Pass (Annual, Access, Senior Lifetime or Annual, Military, 4th Grader) is required in the winter when snow and amenities are present
Permit Info: California Campfire Permits are required.  Before having a wood or charcoal fire, and before using a camp stove or lantern, always check for current fire restrictions.  Parking Lot is NOT a designated campfire site
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Frazier Park, CA 
Water: No drinking water
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Pinos Ranger District 
34580 Lockwood Valley Rd.
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Phone: (661) 245-3731

General Information

General Notes:

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Toilets Summer - vault toilets nearby in Chula Vista Campground. Winter - portable toilets
Parking Yes
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