Ponder the Galaxy
For stellar stargazing beginning in May, cruise up to Mount Pinos next to Kern County’s Frazier Park, where light pollution is next to nil.
It’s going to be a late night, so savor a midmorning start to the nearly two-hour drive.
Stop for lunch in downtown Frazier Park. The pizza joint Caveman Cavey’s is a local favorite. Pick up a $5 recreation pass for your vehicle (required for parking at the stargazing site) from Don’s Liquor Mart.
Head to the Chula Vista Campground and begin the nearly five-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Mount Pinos—the highest point in Ventura County.
The galactic action goes down in the campground parking lot. Be back at your ride before sunset to set up a telescope—or score some prime real estate in a nearby meadow.
Enjoy the show. When you’re ready to leave, keep your headlights off until you exit the lot as a courtesy to fellow stargazers.