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About Mt. Pinos Campground

Mount Pinos or in the Native American Chumash language, "Iwihinmu," was considered to be the center of the world, the point where everything was in balance. At 7,800 feet, the campground, bursting with views of mountains and valleys, is an ideal base for several biking and hiking trails. The dark and clear night skies make this a picture-perfect stargazing setting.


Ride your bicycle to the top of Mount Pinos or hike the Mount Pinos Trail, McGill exploration trail, or enjoy the views of the valleys below from your campsite.

Mount Pinos is considered to be one of the best star gazing locations in California due to its dark skies, extremely low light pollution and frequently clear skies. It is a favorite place for amateur astronomers. On a clear day, you can see the entire San Joaquin Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges.


This seasonal campground is open daily, May through November. There are 19 single campsites that include picnic tables and fire rings. Fires are allowed only in designated fire rings. RVs over 22 ft. and trailers are not recommended. There are two vault toilets. You should plan to be completely self-sustainable for the duration of your trip. There is no potable water (drinking water) or electricity onsite. There is also no dump station.

Natural Features

Along with views of the Lockwood Valley and Frazier Mountain, Mt. Pinos Campground is best appreciated by camping enthusiasts who prefer being nestled within the shaded enclave of Jeffery pines that dominate the scenery.

Nearby Attractions

Hiking trails, biking, fishing and swimming are all within 30 minutes of the campground. Restaurants, gas and shopping are within 15 miles at Pine Mountain Club or 19 miles in Frazier Park. Lake of the Woods and Frazier Park are about 10 miles to the east. Lockwood Valley and Cuddy Valley are located at the base of Mt. Pinos.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Alcohol Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Mt. Pinos Campground is located in California
34.8137 N
-119.1022 W
Get Directions
Take I-5 north to Frazier Mountain Park Road exit. Go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road for 7 miles to the intersection of Lockwood Valley Rd. Keep right and proceed on Cuddy Valley Road. Continue 5 miles to the "Y" in the road and veer left. Proceed 7 more miles past the first snow and second snow gate past McGill Campground.
3 Reviews of Mt. Pinos Campground
Went with 9 friends

We reunited for summer break after leaving for college. We caught up and had soooooo much fun in the great outdoors 😁

Free camping!

HAve taken several weekend trips! There is a vault toilet, but no other amenities. Miles of hiking and Mt bike trail's that are well maintained. Lots of wildlife viewing. There is a large parking area to park, close to the campground, then you walk in and grab a site. You cannot drive up to your site. It is a well maintained path to the campground. There is always events such as stargazing parties in the parking lot, hundreds of people late at night with telescopes. They are quiet enough. Most are friendly and would be happy to show you the sky and teach you.

First to Review
Great, easy mountain vista

Decided to getaway for the weekend for a 48 hr camping trip with my wife and 17 year old son. This is a first come first served campground and it was perfect. Gorgeous vistas, quiet setting and toilets.