Ponderosa, referred by locals as "Pondo", is 2 hours north northwest of Bakersfield up highway 190. At the end of the plowed road is the parking area and the wonderful Ponderosa Lodge where you can warm up by the fire or grab a bite to eat. The parking area is about 7,000 feet elevation. When taking the north road trail the Yurt (warming hut) is about 5 miles away.
Location of Ponderosa
There are two parking areas, one at Quaking Aspen campground and the other at the end of the plowed road.