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02E

Pinyon Peak

6,805'

Kern County, about 11 miles east of the town of Weldon, 153 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

ROUTE 1

Distance: 5 miles r.t. cross country
Gain: 2,800' plus 300' gain on the return
Time: 4-5 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Moderate

Original: J. C. Jenkins - 1978

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.
  • Continue on Hwy 178 for 3 miles to the Walker Pass Lodge ruins.
  • Continue 0.7 miles and park off the pavement on either side of the highway.

HIKING ROUTE 1

Hike southwest up the slope to the top of a low ridge just east of elevation 5101'. Turn right and hike west up to elevation 5101'. Turn south and hike up the steep slope to the top of another ridge at 6050'. Turn right and hike west over bump 6822' and down into the saddle on the other side. From here hike southwest up the ridge to the summit. Keep left of the brush as you approach the summit.

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.

NOTE

Scodie Mountain, Pinyon Peak, Onyx Peak #2, & Skinner Peak lie in the Kiavah Wilderness which is bounded on the south by the road over Bird Spring Pass and on the north by Hwy. 178 and Walker Pass.


ROUTE 2

Distance: 6 miles r.t. on road and cross-country.
Gain: 2300'.
Time: 5-6 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Moderate

Original: J. T. Carriel

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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.
  • Continue west on Hwy. 178 for 3 miles to where two roads intersect on the left just before Walker Pass Lodge. Next to the dirt roads are a series of mailboxes.
  • Park where previously instructed by the land owner.

HIKING ROUTE 2

Hike up the right hand (west) road for 0.4 miles to a turn-around. Hike west about a mile up the canyon keeping to the right-hand side. Turn south, cross the creek bed, and climb up to the top of the ridge just west of elevation 5758'. Turn right and follow the ridge west up to the peak. Contact the current Hundred Peaks Section outings chair to obtain the information required to contact the land owner for route 2.

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