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Nicolls Peak


Kern County, about 3 miles south of the town of Weldon, 175 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
Topo: Woolstalf Creek 7½, Weldon 7½

Nearby Peaks: Heald Peak


Distance: 6 miles r.t. cross-country
Gain: 2,000'
Time: 5-6 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 2; Strenous

Original: John Backus - Oct 1987


  • Start at SR 178 @ Kernville Airport road junction.
  • Go 0.2 miles west to Vista Grande Road and turn left. Note your odometer.
  • Vista Grande @ SR 178.
  • 0.0 Go south on Vista Grande.
  • In 0.5 mile pavement ends at Bella Vista. Go straight.
  • In 0.3 mile intersect Hill View Acres Rd. Go right.
  • In 0.8 mile intersect Brooks Rd. Go left.
  • Proceed on Brooks Road past "El Rancho Poco" and several intersections to the "W" ranch.
  • In 1.0 mile at the "W" ranch several roads meet. Take the one that veers left (but not sharply).
  • In 0.3 mile road comes in from sharp left. Keep straight.
  • o In 0.1 mile fork. Go right.
  • In 0.1 mile fork. (Turn off for Heald). Go left.
  • In 0.1 mile fork. Go left.
  • In 1.5 mile end of road just past a fence.
  • Park here. (3950')

Note: Low slung vehicles can drive to road head with care. The roads are very faint and may be difficult to see. Check your mileages going in and coming out.


From the cars observe the saddle just south (right) of the summit. This is the low point between Heald and Nicolls. Follow a trail easterly for a short ways until you see a tree on the north side of the wide wash. Leave the trail here and proceed northerly until you gain the wash on the north side of the wide wash. Follow this wash until you are just SSW of the saddle. Head up toward the saddle. At the saddle proceed north (left) until you encounter ducks. Follow a well ducked use trail northerly, contouring around the east side of some rocky terrain. Follow the ducks, scrambling over or around rocky outcrops to the summit. The southernmost summit is the high point.

This peak can be combined with Heald Peak. See Route Two for Heald Peak.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 11-Jan-2001
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