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02B

Bald Eagle Peak

6,181'

Location: Kern County, 4 miles south of Bodfish/Lake Isabella, 155 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
Topo: Lake Isabella South 7½

Nearby Peaks: Lightner Peak, Piute Lookout

ROUTE 1

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 Isabella.
  • 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 saddle.

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 the peak.
  • Scramble up to the summit, climbing over two main rock layers.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Saddle Spring Road (FR 27S02) is seasonal. Call Greenhorn Ranger District at (760) 379-5646 for road condition information.

NOTES

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 Botanical Area.

"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.

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