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Location: Kern County, 4 miles south of Bodfish/Lake Isabella, 155 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Kern County
- Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
- Topo: Lake Isabella South 7½
Nearby Peaks: Lightner Peak, Piute Lookout
- Distance: 1½ miles r.t. on use trail and cross-country
- Gain: 600'
- Time: 1½ hours r.t.
- Rating: Class 2; Easy. Easy brush and moderate rock scrambling.
- Navigation: Easy
Original: Cliff Black - Oct 1972
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- From Bakersfield: Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before
reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
- Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at ¼ mile, and then
turn right at Lake Isabella Road.
- From Walker Pass: Drive west on SR 178 to SR 155 at Lake
- Turn left a short distance to Lake Isabella Road, then turn right (S)
and drive about 3 miles to Bodfish.
- Drive through the town of Bodfish on Lake Isabella Road (which
becomes Caliente-Bodfish Road) for about 3.2 miles to Saddle Spring Road
FR 27S02 (dirt) on the left at the very top of a grade. Note your
odometer and turn left.
- Drive in about 5.5 miles, where FR 27S02 meets the main ridge before
crossing over to the south side. Park on the west side of this shallow
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (elev 6,060') walk a few yards west along the
ridge, find a downhill use trail to the left, follow the use trail as it
descends about 10-15 feet onto the south slope of the ridge, reverses
direction and heads northwest contouring on the south slope of the ridge.
- Hike the use trail northwest around the first bump into the saddle before
- Scramble up to the summit, climbing over two main rock layers.
Saddle Spring Road (FR 27S02) is seasonal. Call Greenhorn Ranger
District at (760) 379-5646 for road condition information.
The peak is in the Bodfish Piute Cypress Botanical Area. The endangered
species Piute cypress, distinguishable from juniper by the soccer-ball
seams on the berries, is found on north and east slopes within the
"Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side" by J. C.
Jenkins and Ruby Jenkins, 1995. Page 33 of this Guide contains a
photograph of the peak and a description of the route.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.
Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
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