To get to Pine Mountain from Ventura plan on an hour and a half drive or so. Take the 126 freeway to the 5 freeway at Castaic Junction. Take the 5 freeway north to Frazier Park and turn off. Drive past the town of Frazier Park, up the mountain, to the parking area at the end. There you will find a building with a window from which you can purchase a five dollar Adventure Parking Pass for the day, a laminated map for two dollars, and a cup of hot chocolate for one dollar. There are portable restrooms in the parking lot, but no place to go inside and no obvious water source, so bring your water bottle and snacks! The main trail used by cross country skiiers and snow-shoers is well-used and easy enough to follow for, at least, the first mile. Whiteout conditions can occur. Be aware of all variables that come with snow sports when playing in the outdoors in the winter, and then, have fun! Mt. Pinos is a fantastically close place to enjoy winter when the weather turns cold and rainy in Ventura.
To rent cross country skiis, snowshoes, and tobogans, stop at Mt. Pinos Wintersports Rentals in Frazier Park. They rent three types of cross country skiis: traditional ($6/day), short ($8/day), and backcountry with metal edges ($20/day). The second day of rental is half price. Tobogans cost $2-$6/day, depending on the size. They rent snow saucers for $1/day, too. Mt. Pinos Wintersports Rentals opens at 7:30am and closes at 6pm. They are open seven days a week, including holidays. Mt. Pinos Wintersports Rentals can be found at 7025 Caddy Valley Road #C, Frazier Park, Ca, 93225. (661) 245-3760.