VCAS MT PINOS STAR PARTY
VCAS STAR PARTY -- MT PINOS LOCATION
LOCATION: Mt Pinos -- Los Padres National Forest -- Chula Vista parking lot (see directions)
TIME: Plan to arrive well before sunset
NOTE: Star party will be CANCELLED AUTOMATICALLY if there is bad weather or overcast skies
Take Interstate 5 north towards Gorman.
One mile north of Gorman take the Frazier Park Exit
At the stop sign turn left onto Frazier park and go under the freeway.
Continue through the town of Fraizer. You'll then pass through the "Lake of the Woods" area.
After 8 miles the road bends to the right. Do not turn left onto Lockwood road.
You are now in Cuddy Valley -- continue.
At the fork stay stright towards Mt Pinos (Do not go right towards Pine Mountain).
Continue up the mountain on a beautiful, twisty tree edged road.
Continue up the mountain to the large paved parking lot at the top.
ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED:   You'll need a valid US Parks Department Adventure Pass to enter the Los Padres National Forest. You can purchase them at Big 5 Sporting Goods, Sports Chalet, etc. The cost is less than $10 for a day. Monthly and annual passes are also available.
PARKING:   Park on the edge of the parking lot, close to the entrance. This will allow you to leave without distubing those observers who are going to stay all night.
RESTROOMS:   The primitive restrooms are 500 yards off the parking lot, in a camping area. They're difficult to find. Bring your own toilet paper.
WEATHER:   Before starting out be sure and check the sky conditions. If the sky is overcast or the forecast indicates rain the party will most likely be cancelled. However, a few scattered clouds with clear sky between is fine -- come on up.
DRESS WARM:   Don't forget plenty of warm clothing -- a WARM JACKET, CAP and GLOVES at a minimum and consider bringing long underwear. The temperatures drop to the 40's on summer nights -- even in August.
SNACKS:   Bring plenty of snaks and hot liquids to drink during the evening. There are no fires allowed on the stargazing site, so bring picnic supplies that are self-contained. Also remember to bring water, sunglasses and sunscreen.
AVOID BRIGHT LIGHTS:   Bring a red-filtered flashlight for use at night. A regular flashlight with red film taped over it will work.
OTHER:   Bring binoculars -- they will enhance your stargzing experience tremendously. Don't forget a folding chair to sit on and maybe a folding table.