Calling all of Southern California’s hikers, mountain bikers, and mountain-climber-likers. Mt. Pinos Campground is where it’s at! The scenery is spectacular, the campground is sweet (bring water), and Mount Pinos itself is national park-caliber recreation. Time to flee the city!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
19 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Ride along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast, the central Monterey coast, or anywhere you want in this huge forest. The recomme...Read more


You can fish in the rivers and streams located throughout the forest, and fish in the ocean on the Monterey coast at Sand Dolla...Read more


Up by Big Sur, the Ventana wilderness is a popular hiking destination, with 260 miles of hiking trails, making it a unique exp...Read more

Horseback riding

The Saint Lucia Mountains have been taken by horseback many a’ times, and the time you visit should be no exception. To truly f...Read more


Lake Cachuma in the Santa Barbara region offers some of the best kayak fishing, especially with its location admist the mountai...Read more


You can’t go wrong at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, but it’s no match for the Seven Falls in Santa Barbara. This hike might not be...Read more

Wildlife watching

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher (California Condor...check), or just enjoy seeing what the wilderness has to offer, Los Pad...Read more


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Hipcamper Bea
Bea L.
recommends this listing.
January 29th, 2019

Fantastic forest spot a little over an hour from LA. It’s a staple for us being so close. We’ve probably camped here 20 times over the last decade so that speaks for itself. Has pit toilets and fire ring. (Although in the recent years it can be hit or miss with fire regulations) if you’re looking for a good woodsy feel, crisp piney air, and quiet this is the spot! We’ve never had an issue finding a spot in the mountain. Either at this campground or the other ones further down or up the mountain. I highly recommend snow camping here too! Not for everyone but I find it really fun! And make sure to stop at Mike’s pizza to grab a za before heading up Mt. Pinos. It’s become our tradition to have hot pizza while setting up for camp!

Hipcamper Aileen
Aileen C.
recommends this listing.
January 25th, 2019

There are 2 great group sites here

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James F.
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August 19th, 2017

Pretty. Not far from the peak. Road has recently be paved and is excellent condition. Campsite is easily accessible. Plenty of sites. Most are close together.

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February 28th, 2017
Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
805 434 1996
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34.803° N, 119.009° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 19 Sites
(Up to people per site)