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Location: Ventura County, about 16 miles south-southwest of Frazier Park, 90 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Ventura County, Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topos||Topatopa Mountains 7½, Lockwood Valley 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Lockwood Peak, San Guillermo Mountain, Thorn Point (LO)
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 2400' total, 2100' out plus 300' on return
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Very difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Vern Fredrickson, July 1973
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-5 north past Gorman to the Frazier Park turnoff.
- Go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road for 7.1 miles to the junction
with the Lockwood Valley Road in Lake of the Woods. Turn left.
- Go 10.6 miles on the Lockwood Valley Road to the Mutau Road (7N03) on
the left with a sign reading in part "Pine Springs 5". Turn
left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 2.1 miles, fork with Piano Box Loop Road on the left. This is the
turnoff for Lockwood Peak. Keep straight
- At 2.7 miles, fork with 7N03A on the right. This is the turnoff
for San Guillermo Mountain. Keep straight
- At 7.5 miles, fork to the left (east). Turn left. (The
Thorn Point trailhead is on the right fork.) Note
your odometer again and go as follows on the Mutau Road (7N03):
- At 2.5 miles, a stream crossing and the entrance to Halfmoon
Campground. Keep straight.
- At 3.8 miles, a fork to the right. Turn left on 7N03 and immediately
park in a small parking area at the road end.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (4900'), hike down the Johnson Ridge Trail (20W12)
1.0 mile to a trail junction on the west bank of Mutau Creek (4800').
the trail junction with a sign reading "Johnson Ridge Trail and
Little Mutau Creek Trail", continue straight ahead, pass a sign
reading "Sespe Wilderness" on the left and continue across Mutau
Creek about 3/4 mile to a trail junction.
- At the trail junction
with a sign reading "Little Mutau Creek Trail", continue straight
on the Little Mutau Creek Trail over a motorcycle barrier about 1 1/2
miles to a saddle at 5729'. Do not turn right at this junction.
- At the
saddle (5729'), turn right (south), follow a faint use trail up and over
the right shoulder of bump 6160'+ and descend the steep slope to the
saddle at 5960'+. Do not try to contour around bump 6160'.
- Hike across
the saddle on a faint clipped use trail and turn left (southeast) to hike
along the east trending ridge of San Rafael Peak.
- Contour around the east
side of bump 6120'+ on the east trending ridge to the saddle to the
southeast of it.
- From this saddle contour around the north side of bump
6408' on the east trending ridge to a saddle to the east of it.
up the ridgeline from this saddle over bump 6440'+ to the summit.