Hiking and connecting with nature are part and parcel of our programs. All retreats conducted by Yogi Arvind will include spending time in nature. Other teachers are encouraged to do the same.
There are a number spots for hiking/biking/star gazing/skiing within 15 minutes from our center.
Frazier Mountain Summit/Lookout
The hike is about 4 miles from the base of the mountain to the summit, with a 2,000 feet gain in elevation. The hike begins at the Chuchupate campground, off Frazier Mountain Road, in the Lockwood valley area. The Los Padres National Forest maintains a Ranger Station here.
Mt. Pinos Summit
The summit of Mt. Pinos can be reached by an easy 1.4 mile hike along a dirt road from a parking area (Chula Vista) at the end of Los Padres National Forest Road S349S also known as Mt. Pinos Road. This trail continues into the Chumash Indian Wilderness on the west facing Mt. Pinos slope. The trail stops at Mount Abel (Cerro Noroeste), about 6 miles. Most of the trail is above 8,000 feet and offers hikers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
McGill Trail (Mt. Pinos)
McGill Trail, starts at the bottom of Mt.Pinos and ends at the Mt.Pinos Recreation Center at the top of the mountain. This trail is good for hikers and bikers.
Star Gazing on Mt. Pinos Summit
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 frequent clear skies. It is a favorite place for amateur astronomers. The usual viewing area is in the large parking area (Chula Vista) surrounded by tall pines located about 1.4 miles east of the actual Mt. Pinos peak.
Winter Sports on Mt. Pinos
The consistent snow conditions at Mt. Pinos allow for many types of winter recreation. This includes cross country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow camping. The network of ski trails and backcountry snowboarding bowls on Mt. Pinos is documented on a map distributed by the Mt. Pinos Nordic Ski Patrol. The Nordic Base facility is located at the top of Mt. Pinos Road at the Chula Vista parking lot. The ski trails are part of a dispersed recreation area administered in partnership by the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, local Frazier Park-area businesses and the Mt. Pinos Nordic Ski Patrol.
For more information about outdoor activities on Mt.Pinos, you may contact the Mt. Pinos Ranger Station: 34580 Lockwood Valley Road, 661-245-3731