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04F

Cerro Noroeste

8286'

Location: Kern County, about 16 miles west of Frazier Park, 95 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubKern County
Forest ServiceLos Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS TopoSawmill Mountain 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 12 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Grouse Mountain, Sawmill Mountain, Mount Pinos

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Go north on I-5 to the Frazier Park exit.
  • Go west 7.2 miles past Frazier Park and on to Lake of the Woods.
  • Keep straight here and go 5.3 miles farther to the junction with Mil Potrero Road. Turn right. Note odometer and go as follows:
  • At 8.3 miles, highway junction and a ranger station at Apache Saddle. Turn left.
  • At 16 miles, a circle road at the campground on the summit. Park at the south end of the circle near a restroom.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • Hike south about 200 yards along a dirt road (which goes to a radio site) to a rockpile on the right side of the road. This is the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

From Grouse Mountain
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 3 miles one way on trail and road
Gain: 750' gain, 900' loss
Time: 1.5 hours one way
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, December 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the top of Grouse Mountain, hike north 1/4 mile back down to the trail.
  • Turn left (west) on the trail and follow it down to where it meets the Mesa Spring Trail at Puerto del Suelo (the saddle between Grouse Mountain and Cerro Noroeste.)
  • Continue straight (west) on the trail as it goes up a short steep section until it meets the road in Route 1.
  • Turn right (north) up the road and walk 0.8 mile to the top following Route number 1 driving and hiking instructions.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Please keep the register hidden since it is so close to the campground.

NOTE

Mount Pinos, Sawmill Mountain and Grouse Mountain, and Cerro Noroeste (Mt. Abel) are often combined as a car shuttle trip from Pinos to Abel. By reversing the climbing instructions, it can be done in the reverse order.

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