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Cross Mountain


Location: Kern County, about 16 miles north of Mojave, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Kern County
Topo: Cross Mountain 7½, Cinco 7½

Nearby Peaks: Chuckwalla Mountain


Distance: 7 miles r.t. cross-country
Gain: 2,5200'
Time: 5-7 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Leadership Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: John Backus - Mar 1973


  • From Mojave, drive north on SR14 for 19.5 miles to Jawbone Canyon Road on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 4.1 miles, pavement ends.
  • At 6.3 miles, fork with a gated road to the left. Park here.


  • From the parking area, (2,700'), hike past the gate for 1.6 miles, passing a fork left at 0.4 mi. and some wrecked cars at 1.0 mile to a second fork to the left (south) at 2876'.
  • Turn left. The road starts up a wash and then immediately turns and goes up a ridge. Follow the road to its end at a large boulder.
  • Then turn left and go up to the top of the ridge to the shallow saddle at elevation 4300'.
  • Turn right and go up the ridge, keeping right to avoid some of the scree.
  • Continue on to the summit.


(From Chuckwalla Mountain)
Distance: 4 miles one way cross-country
Gain: 1,800' with 1,000' loss
Time: 3 hours one way
Rating: Class 1, Strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Leadership Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: John Backus - Mar 1973



  • From the summit of Chuckwalla Mountain, hike down the trail for Route #1 for Chuckwalla Mountain to the flat area just below the mine prospect.
  • From here, follow a motorcycle track southwest down into the saddle northeast of elev. 4,616'.
  • Turn left at this saddle and follow a motorcycle track up to bump 4,616', then turn right at a track running northwest generally down the point of the ridge to the gully.
  • Follow this down to an old cabin and auto body in the streambed at the bottom of the canyon (shown on the Cinco topo).
  • Turn left and go up the canyon following a motorcycle track. Note carefully the prominent rounded bump 4,762' on your right that is east of the very rocky subsidiary peak 4784 of Cross Mountain. When directly south of bump 4,762', the canyon floor splits into a west and southwest branch.
  • Take the southwest branch, which turns first west and then gradually northwest to a saddle at 4,200'+.
  • Just before this saddle turn right onto a motorcycle track that continues all of the way to the summit.

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