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Morris Peak

7,215'

Location: Kern County, about 10 miles northwest of Inyokern, 150 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
Topo: Owens Peak 7½, Walker Pass 7½

Nearby Peaks: Mount Jenkins, Owens Peak, Five Fingers

ROUTE 1

Distance: 9 miles r.t. on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2,000'
Time: 4-5 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Moderate
Navigation: Intermediate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: Trail mostly with easy cross-country

Original: Al Campbell/ Paul A. Lipsohn - Nov 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take Hwy. 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on Hwy. 14 to the intersection with Hwy. 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Go west on Hwy. 178 to Walker Pass. Park here. Unlimited parking space.

HIKING ROUTE 1

From Walker Pass, (5246') hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail about four miles to a saddle (6600') southwest of the summit (UTM 100496). Leave the trail and follow a prominent use trail which goes diagonally up towards the ridge and hits the ridge just east of the peak. Turn left and go up to the summit.


ROUTE 2

Distance: 4 miles r.t. cross-country.
Gain: 2400'
Time: 3-4 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: All cross country, steep most of the way

Original: Al Campbell/ Paul A. Lipsohn - Nov 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take Hwy. 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on Hwy. 14 to the intersection with Hwy. 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Continue north on Hwy. 14 for 5.3 miles to Indian Wells Canyon road (dirt) on the left. This is 0.4 miles north of the Homestead Cafe. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows.
  • At 2.6 miles, Powers Well on the left. Keep straight.
  • At 2.7 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 3.8 and 3.9 miles, forks. Keep left.
  • At 5.2 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 5.8 miles, fork. Keep left. This is the turn-off point for Owens Peak.
  • Drive about 5. mile to an abandoned mine (gold and tungsten). Park here. Do not block the road.

HIKING ROUTE 2

From the parking area (4840'), hike up the road past the cable. Keep left at the first fork and right at the second fork. Continue past the end of the road into the canyon ahead. Continue up to the saddle at 6500'. Turn left, leave the trail, and go up the ridge (south) to the summit.

Peak Combinations

Morris Peak is commonly done with Mount Jenkins by a long trail walk along the PCT. It is also done with Mount Jenkins by a much shorter route by using route two of Morris Peak to access the PCT or by having a short car shuttle and combining Morris Peak's route two with Mount Jenkins route three.

CAMPING

About a mile past Walker Pass is the entrance on the left for Walker Pass Campground. There are restrooms and water during summer months. There are walk-in primitive sites. There is no fee or reservations at this time. Powers Well is on the driving route for route 2. It has no water or facilities. It is very close to the starting point for Five Fingers.

NOTE

Morris Peak, Mount Jenkins, Owens Peak, Five Fingers (Aquilla) are all in the Owens Peak Wilderness. At the date of this peak guide no permit is required.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 23-Jun-2002
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