McGill Campground

Los Padres National Forest

View from Mount Pinos

Kern and Ventura County Attractions

Visitors to Kern County and eastern Ventura County find many interesting places to investigate, including destinations in Los Padres National Forest. Campers at McGill Campground enjoy nearby scenic views of the San Joaquin Valley and the distant Sierra Nevada.

  • Keep at watch out for birds of prey on Mt. Pinos. The mountain is known for its populations of owls, Goshawks, and California Condors.
  • Hike 2 miles to the summit of Mt. Pinos from a parking area at the end of Forest Road S349S.
  • Bring binoculars and telescopes to McGill Campground on Mt. Pinos and take advantage of the low light pollution for star-gazing.
  • Make the 6-mile hike up from the Frazier Mountain Trailhead to the summit of the peak.
  • Visit nearby Fort Tejon State Historic Park along Interstate 5.
  • Head out 4-wheeling at Hungry Valley SVRA
  • Drive to Pyramid Lake for boating and fishing.
  • Explore Butte Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
  • In Bakersfield tour the Kern County Museum and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History.

Key McGill Campground Regulations

  1. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of harmful pests.
  2. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  3. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.

McGill Campground

McGill Campground sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet in western Los Padres National Forest. The campground is within Kern County, bordering on Ventura County. From various points along trails near the campground visitors enjoy wonderful views of the San Joaquin Valley and the distant Sierra Nevada. Five miles farther up the road is the summit of 8,831-foot Mount Pinos.

McGill Campground features 78 family campsites. in a mixed conifer forest. The campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. All the family campsites are first-come, first-served. McGill Campground also has 2 group campsites. One site can accommodate up to 80 people and 10 vehicles while the other site holds up to 60 people and 10 vehicles. Additional vehicles are each $10 per night. Group sites are available from late May through most of September.

There is no water at the campground.

McGill Campground Basics
McGill Campground Location: 18 miles west of Interstate 5 (just south of Lebec) via Frazier Mountain Park Rd., Cuddy Valley Rd., and then Mt. Pinos Rd.
Elevation: 7,440 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Los Angeles - 86 miles, 1 hour and 40 minutes
Number of Sites: 78
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and $10 per night for one additional vehicle
Pets: on leash, always attended
Campground Operated by : Parks Management Company for Los Padres National Forest
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Office: (661) 245-3731

Reservations for McGill Campground
Reservations for Group Sites Family campsites are all first-come, first served.
Reservations required for group sites (available up to 12 months in advance).
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $20 per night for family campsites
Group sites: $100 or $120 per night
Reservations: McGill Campground Group Campsite Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, Check-out 2:00 PM

McGill Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no drinking water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: McGill Campground Map
Attractions near McGill Campground: Set out mountain biking or hiking on local trails. Hike along the accessible Exploration Trail, Mount Pinos Trail, and McGill Campground Trail. Watch for hummingbirds in the area. Discover the Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway, which travels past breathtaking cliffs, rock formations and lush riparian areas.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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