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02G

Piute Lookout

8,326'
(UTM 767270)

Kern County, about 12 miles southeast of the town of Lake Isabella, 165 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
Topo: Claraville 7½

Nearby Peaks: Bald Eagle Peak, Weldon Peak, Sorrell Peak

ROUTE 1

Distance: ½ mile r.t. on road & trail
Gain: 200'
Time: ½ hour r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Cliff Black - Oct 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

Via Lake Isabella; 165 miles from Los Angeles

  • Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
  • Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at 0.2 mile, then turn right at Lake Isabella Road.
  • 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 Forest Route 27S02 (dirt) on the left at the very top of a grade. Turn Left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • Drive in 5.7 miles, to where Forest Route 27S02 meets the main ridge before crossing over to the south side. This is the parking spot for Bald Eagle Peak.
  • At 17 miles, fork to the left. Turn left on Forest Route 28S17.
  • Drive in on Forest Route 28S17 for 2.6 miles, or as far as feasible, keeping right at forks, to a parking area where the road narrows and becomes steep. Park here. 4WD vehicles may continue a short distance to a second parking spot at the end of the drivable road.

Via Tehachapi; 170 miles from Los Angeles

  • Drive northwest on SR 58 from the town of Tehachapi about 15 miles to Caliente Junction (Bealville Road). Turn right.
  • Drive 13.5 miles to Walker Basin Rd. Turn right.
  • Drive 9.5 miles to Piute Mtn Rd. (Dirt road driving from this point to trailhead.) Turn left.
  • Drive about 9 miles past Saddle Springs road (Forest Route 27S02) to Forest Route 28S17. Turn left.
  • Drive in on Forest Route 28S17 for 2.6 miles, or as far as feasible, keeping right at forks, to a parking area where the road narrows and becomes steep. Park here. 4WD vehicles may continue a short distance to a second parking spot at the end of the drivable road.

Piute Mountain Road via Jawbone Canyon and Harris Grade, 160 miles from Los Angeles

  • From the SR 14 - SR 58 highway split just north of the town of Mojave, take SR 14 northeast for 20 miles to the junction with Jawbone Canyon Road. · Turn left (west).
  • Take Jawbone Canyon Road (pavement ends at 4 miles) for 18 miles on well-graded road to a junction with Kelso Valley Road (dirt) that joins from the north. Here you have a choice.
    Main Route:
    • Ordinary vehicles should note their odometers and head north on Kelso Valley Road 7.4 miles to Piute Mountain Road (dirt). · Turn left. Note your odometerand go as follows:
    • At 7.4 miles you see Forest Route 29S04 on your left (SE), marked "Sorrell Peak". This is the turnoff forSorrell Peak.
    • At 9.7 miles you meet Jawbone Canyon Road coming in on your left (south).
    Variation: (saves 4 miles).
    • If your vehicle is sturdy with high-clearance you may stay left on Jawbone Canyon Road at the junction 18 miles from the main turnoff from SR 14. Note your odometer and proceed as follows:
    • Jawbone Canyon Road becomes County Route 589, which then passes the parking area for Weldon Peak shortly after ascending steeply up Geringer Grade.
    • At 10 miles proceed straight (north) at a marked junction for Mace Meadow.
    • At 13.1 miles meet Piute Mountain Road. Turn left/west here.
  • Reset your odometer. Continue NW on Piute Mountain Road through the site of Claraville, continuing past a side junction on your right at 1.9 miles.
  • At 4.4 miles, find a junction with Forest Route 28S17 on your right (north). · Turn right .
  • Drive 2.6 miles or as far as feasible, keeping right at forks, to a parking area where the road narrows and becomes steep. Park here. 4WD vehicles may continue a short distance to a second parking spot at the end of the drivable road.

This route is the recommended route for all vehicles in the guidebook "Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side" by J.C. Jenkins and Ruby Jenkins, 1995, and is very highly recommended for those drivers without 4WD or high-clearance vehicles.

HIKING ROUTE 1

From either parking area, hike in as far as possible on the road, picking up a use trail on the right-hand side (east) that goes up through rocks to the summit on the old lookout foundation. The register, when present, is located on the western side of this foundation.


NOTE

The peak does not appear on current topos, but was named on an earlier 15' Emerald Mountain topo.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 10-May-2001
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