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02O

Red Mountain

5,261'

Location: Kern County, about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest, near the town of Red Mountain, 135 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Topo: Red Mountain 7½

ROUTE 1

Distance: 4 miles r.t. cross-country
Gain: 1,400'
Time: 3 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1, Moderate

Original: Charlie Knapke - Dec 1995

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From Mojave, go north on SR 14 for 20.7 miles to the Randsburg Road on the right. This is just after the Jawbone Canyon road. Turn right. Note your odometer, and go as follows:
  • At 2.2 miles, fork with Garlock road to left. Turn right.
  • At 20.7 miles, junction in Randsburg. Turn left.
  • At 21.7 miles, junction with Three Flags Hwy (US 395). Turn right.
  • Just before you get to the town of Red Mountain you come to the intersection with the Trona Road on the left. Turn left and then immediately right onto a dirt road.
  • Drive this road as far as possible. Keep left at a fork at about 0.7 mile. High clearance 2WD should be able to drive in about 1¼ mile, about 3800' elev.
  • 4WD may be able to continue to the saddle at about 4300' just north of elev. 4728'.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the saddle at 4300', follow a dirt road south past elev. 4728' and into a flat area.
  • Continue south a short distance on a use trail to a crest, then go left to the ridge (probably a ducked route here).
  • Continue along the ridge over elev 5180+.
  • From here go southeast down across a saddle, and up the summit.

One rock at the summit is engraved "Nov 10, 1907" by some USMC personnel. The summit is littered with abandoned yellow gas tanks and other debris.


ROUTE 2

Distance: 3½ miles r.t. cross-country
Gain: 1500'
Time: 3 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1, Moderate

Original: John Backus - Jan 1987

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Follow first three instructions for Driving Route 1.
  • At 21.7 miles, junction with Three Flags Hwy (US 395). Turn right.
  • At 24.8 miles, an abandoned garage in the town of Red Mountain. Turn left (southeast) onto a dirt road just past the garage. Note your odometer again.
  • Go straight at an immediate crossroads.
  • At 0.5 mile, a fork at a large pipeline valve. Go right.
  • At 0.8 mile, a shallow saddle due east of elev. 3833'. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area, (3770'), hike up the jeep road that starts at the parking area. It turns into a trail which then disappears. Continue southeast up the slope passing elev. 5024' on the left, then east-northeast to elev 5180+.
  • From here go southeast down across a saddle, and up to the summit.

History of Summit Signature

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