Is this Ventura County?

If you live in Ventura County and would like to experience a little Winter Wonderland without getting on a plane or driving 3 hours, here's your spot

Pictures of the Hillside at Mount Pinos

It sure is. But don’t cancel your trip to Vail or Whistler quite yet. While the area does see annual snow fall, it averages only about 2 inches of snow per year.

Some may be surprised to know that nearly half of the area encompassing Ventura County is the Los Padres National Forest. According to the U.S. Forest Service, The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from north to south and consists of two separate land divisions. The northern division is within Monterey County and northern San Luis Obispo County and includes the beautiful Big Sur Coast and scenic interior areas. The “main division” of the forest includes lands within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties.

Saturday blessed the region with snow and cold temperatures to maintain it through the weekend. While the government shutdown continues, the park is open and locals are enjoying their time in the southern California flurry.

Of the more than 2,200 square miles that encompass Ventura County, nearly half is Los Padres National Forest located north of Ojai.

So what does it look like up there?

Beautiful, majestic, and very un-Ventura County like in the winter.

You won’t see any skiing or snowboarding here.

Hundreds of cars drove into the area with local mom & pop stores selling sleds, toboggans, and mittens to people rushing to enjoy the Winter Wonderland.

Visitors were camping, drinking their hot coco and cup of soups as they wore snow gloves and winter jackets. Smiles were seen in all directions.

The Ventura County Sheriff monitors the area and was seen driving throughout the area to ensure order and safety.

How do you get there?

It will take you between an hour to 90 minutes depending on where you live. First, to get there, you have to leave Ventura County and then re-enter from a distant exit. Visitors take I-5 north and exit at Frazier Mountain Park Road (Exit 205). Make a left turn and don’t stop until you get to the top (or to one of the many stops along the way that may entice you with great scenery.

Pictures of the Frazier Park (Mount Pinos)

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