Mt. Abel (Cerro Noreoeste) to Three Falls via Sheep Camp and Lily Meadow
Chumash Wilderness (Los Padres National Forest)
Highlights: The hike to Sheep Camp is a moderate 2½ mile backpack (one-way), starting at Cerro Noreoeste campground on top of Mt. Abel (8,287 ft), that leads to a tree-shaded campsite with an all-year spring and great view. From Sheep Camp, 6 miles of downhill leads past a waterfall below the Lily Meadow trail camp to end at Camp Three Falls, a BSA summer camp run by the Ventura County Council. You can also climb switchbacks from Sheep Camp for a 5-mile (roundtrip) dayhike to the top of Mt. Pinos (8,831 ft). A car shuttle can be set up at the Scout camp to retrieve cars parked at Mt. Abel.
Directions: The drive takes about 1½ hours from Bakersfield.
A NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE PASS ($5.00) IS REQUIRED and can be purchased at Big 5 Sports in Bakersfield, or at the Ranger Station on Lockwood Valley Road.
Trailhead: The trailhead is on the east side of the road 1/2 mile below the summit. From the campsite on top, drive downhill 1/2 mile, past the ski lodge and around the curve, to the signed trailhead. Hike downhill about a half mile, and go left at a junction where the trail flattens out. The trail then climbs to a second junction at the 2-mile mark. The right junction leads past a small spring to a second spring at Sheep Camp. The left junction leads 2½ miles to the top of Mt. Pinos (8,831 ft), which can be done as a 5-mile dayhike. From Sheep Camp, hike downhill for 6 miles, passing Lily Meadow trail camp 3 miles out and a nice waterfall 4 miles out, to end at Camp Three Falls Boy Scout Camp. Contact Camp Ranger Victor Staley at (661) 245-1206 to leave cars here for a shuttle back to Mt. Abel.
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