Located at the end of the Mt. Pinos Highway. This campground is not exactly a car camp, you can park close but you have to walk your gear over to the camping area. The campground has many sites and tables, this area can have snow on the ground until May, depending on the year. Be aware, many people use the parking lot for star gazing. Avoid driving in and out of the parking lot, disturbing star gazing activities. Camping is limited in the parking lot to self contained vehicles. No campfires in parking lot.
Numerous rare and some endangered species are confined to a small area at the top of Mt. Pinos. The area was set aside to protect these unusual plants. Pinis Flexilis Limber Pine grows in a small area at the top of the mountain. Among the pines Kennedy's buckwheat, a low growing gray mat forming species is found. It was at one time heavily collected to use in producing Ming trees. All plants in this reserve are to be protected and enjoyed in their natural setting here at this high elevation.
During the winter months, after big storms come down the coast, a good covering of snow is deposited on the upper part of the mountains. This snow often is not very deep and melts in a few days. While the snow lasts many people drive up from the Los Angeles area for snow fun. Often there is not enough off-road parking and the road becomes a parking lot, Years ago the Taft Recreation Department built a Iodge and ski run at the top of Mount Cero Noroeste (Mount Abel). Now the lodge is in ruins and the trees have grown up to cover the ski slope.