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Mt Pinos to Cerro Noroeste (Mt Abel) and return, with a tad of geology

August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

YOU SHOULD BRING AN ADVENTURE PASS FOR PARKING (purchase at REI, sports stores, some gas stations).

Hike from Mount Pinos to Cerro Noroeste (Mount Abel), much along the Vincent Tumamait Trail, and return the same route. Total route is ~15 miles and ~3000 ft elevation gain (from the Mount Pinos parking lot/trailhead to the top of Cerro Noroeste and return, and depends on if we go to any side peaks on the way). Note: the top of Cerro Noroeste is above Camp Alto and a tad further than the intersection of the Tumamait Trail and Cerro Noroeste paved road.

Cross posted with Geo-hikes:https://www.meetup.com/Geo-hikes/events/

A beautiful route with panoramic views of Lockwood Valley, Cuyama Badlands, San Andreas fault rift and San Emigdio Mountains. From the Mount Pinos parking lot (aka Nordic & Chula Vista parking lot) we will ascend to the nearby top of Mountain Pinos and continue west, past Sawmill and Grouse Mountains to the top of Cerro Noroeste and return along the same route. Much of the route is above 7500 ft, so very Alpine and cooler. For you peak baggers there will be an opportunity to ascend Grouse and Sawmill Mountains.

If there’s interest I will explain a bit of the local geology and rock types at several stops along the way. We will be hiking just south of the North American and Pacific Plate boundary (San Andreas fault). In addition, I’ll bring some extra compasses and topo maps for those who want to practice their compass and map reading skills (for that, bring a sharp pencil and a small clip board).

You’ll need water (at least 3 liters, there’s no water on this trail), lunch, your normal hiking stuff, good boots or trail runners. Usually lots of sun on this trail, so bring a hat and sun block. At this higher elevation the weather can change quickly, so bring something warm just in case. Check the weather forecast before going.

Geologic Map of the Sawmill Mountain Quadrangle, Kern and Ventura Counties, California
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-406

Geologic Map of the Eastern Three-Quarters of the Cuyama 30’ x 60’ Quadrangle, California
Scientific Investigations Map 3002
By Karl S. Kellogg, Scott A. Minor, and Pamela M. Cossette

San Andreas Fault
Strip Map of the San Andreas fault, Western Big Bend Segment, GSA MC-60, 1987 (57MB)
Surficial Structure and Geomorphology of the Western Big Bend San Andreas fault, GSA Cordilleran Gdbk, 1982 (22MB)



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August 24, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mt. Pinos Nordic Base
Cuddy Valley Rd
Frazier Park, CA 93225 US
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