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Detailed Mount Pinos Info
Adventure Pass

Maps to AVAC Observing Sites

Driving Directions To:

bulletSaddleback Butte State Park
bulletPoppy Reserve
bulletMt. Wilson
bulletRed Rock Canyon State Park
bulletMt. Pinos
bulletNational Forest Service Adventure Pass
bulletAdditional info, pictures, directions and details about Mt. Pinos - The PREMIER Deep Sky Observing site and astro-knowlege star party every month!!   Click Here.
bulletRiverside Telescope Makers Conference - Astronomy Expo
bulletDevil's Punchbowl Nature Center



Saddleback Butte State Park

LOCATION: Lat 34.67 N, Long 117.82611 W.

ALTITUDE: 2800 ft

Saddleback Butte Seeing Conditions


Saddleback Butte Automated Weather Center


Poppy Reserve


ALTITUDE: 3057 ft 

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Mojave Desert State Parks-Ave. I and 165th St. West, Lancaster (661) 942-0662. Take Ave. I west to approximately 165th St. West to the Reserve entrance.



Mt. Wilson

LOCATION: Lat 34 13" 27.4' N, Long 118 03" 50.3' W.

ALTITUDE: 5680 Feet

Weather:  http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USCA0742.html




Red Rock Canyon State Park

LOCATION: Lat 35.22.38 N Long -117.59.38 W.

ALTITUDE: 2567 ft


bulletFrom Palmdale, Take Hwy 14 north about 1 hour through Mojave  (Stay on Hwy 14, not Hwy 58!)
bulletTurn left into the Red Rock Canyon State park camping area, follow the road west to the Ranger Station's parking lot.


Mt. Pinos

LOCATION: Lat 34.8332134 N Long -119.167 W.

ALTITUDE: 8300 ft


Detailed information about Mt. Pinos can be found here.  You will take one and half hours from Palmdale to Mt. Pinos.  Take Hwy 14 North to the Hwy 138 off-ramp.  Go over Hwy 138 and continue west on Hwy 138 to the I-5 North on-ramp.  Continue on I-5 North just past Gorman and take the turn-off on the Frazier Park off-ramp.  Turn left underneath I-5 and continue west for 21 miles to Mt. Pinos.  (You will pass Frazer Park and follow signs to Mt. Pinos Recreation Area.)   After passing through two seasonal snow gates, keep going another 3 1/2 miles.  The observing site is a large paved parking area at the very end of the road, at 8300 ft elevation.  There is no water there.  You must bring you own. We are roughing it. There are portable restrooms.  The skies can be fantastic.  The temperature can be very cold - even in the Summer!  You may camp overnight in the walk in campground only.  Check out the information below for the latest sky conditions at Mt. Pinos.


bulletMore detailed maps to Mt. Pinos can be found here.

For weather call Frazier Park Forest Service 805-245-3731.  For real time weather on the internet visit http://www.frazmtn.com/pmcwebcam


National Forest Service Adventure Pass


NOTE: You will need to display a "National Forest Adventure Pass."  Visitors using the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests.  The Pass will be displayed on visitors' vehicles and will be available in two forms: * a daily $5.00 pass * an annual $30.00 pass, good for one year from the month of purchase.


Riverside Telescope Makers Conference And Telescope Expo



bullet    Longitude 116 45' 15" West
bullet    Latitude 34 13' 50" North
bullet    Altitude 7,600 Feet

If you have any questions about the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference or would like to request additional registration materials, please call (909) 948-2205, or send e-mail to Robert Stephens at registrar@rtmc-inc.org. Our postal address is:

Riverside Telescope Makers Conference and Telescope Expo, Inc.
8300 Utica Avenue, Suite 105
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 948-2205 


Devil's Punchbowl Nature Center

28000 Devil's Punchbowl Road
Pearblossom, CA 93553
(661) 944-2743
Fax       661-944-6924

bullet(1,310 Acres)

This 1,310-acre natural park has some of the most unusual rock formations in California! The park contains rugged wilderness and is one mile away from the famous San Andreas fault. Park elevation starts at 4,200 feet and climbs to 6,500 feet above sea level! You can hike with a ranger or ride a horse on one of the picturesque trails. There are geology walks, live reptile programs, and a natural history museum. The park also provides seasonal events such as "Full Moon Hikes" and "Meteor Shower Viewing." Other activities include: rock climbing, campfire programs, bird watching, picnicking, junior ranger program, and outreach presentations. School and group tours are available by reservation.

bulletHOURS: Park - Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor's Center (Daily) - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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