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Weldon Peak

(UTM 831136)

Kern County, about 21 miles southeast of Lake Isabella, 200 miles from Los Angeles


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

Nearby Peaks: Sorrell Peak, Piute Lookout


Distance: 7 miles r.t. on trail, road, & cross-country
Gain: 800' plus 800' on the return
Time: 4-5 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 2, Moderate
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Charlie Knapke - Dec 1993


  • From Mojave, go north on SR 14 for 19.5 miles to Jawbone Canyon road on the left. Turn left, note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 4.2 miles, pavement ends.
  • At 6.2 miles, fork. This is the parking area for Cross Mountain. Turn right.
  • At 14.7 miles, saddle. This is the parking area for Butterbredt Peak.
  • At 17.9 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 18.2 miles, intersection. Go straight.
  • Continue on this road as it begins to switch back up the hill (Geringer Grade). It soon comes to the top of the ridge and turns sharply right passing a dirt road on the left with a locked gate.
  • Continue about 0.4 mile north of this locked gate. There is convenient parking on the right at an obscure junction with an old jeep road. This spot (UTM 250158) is just north of small bump 6385' shown on the USGS topographic map.

Alternate Driving Route

The parking area for route one can be reached from Claraville Flat to the north via County Route 589. This allows this peak to be combined with Sorrell Peak or Piute Lookout.


From the parking area (6360'), hike down the slope (southwest) a short distance to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Note: The PCT is shown incorrectly on the 1994 revised topographic maps. Turn left on the PCT and hike about ½ mile to a BLM easement post next to the trail. The trail enters private property here. Continue on the trail to where it meets a dirt road. Turn right on this road and follow it about 1¼ miles down to a fork. Keep left here and continue on the main road past a locked cable gate, then for another ¾ mile to where the road levels out at a junction (about 5660') marked "Casa de Oso". Continue on the main road a short distance to where the PCT leaves the road on the left. Follow the PCT over a low ridge and down into the next significant gully. There may be a duck here. Leave the PCT, follow the gully southeast, and then continue in the same general direction to the main ridge-line. The summit register has been placed on a conspicuous 60' pinnacle in the farthest northeast corner of the summit plateau. On the topographic map, this spot is located 0.2 miles north of the letters "do" of "Weldon Peak". To reach this spot, turn left at the main ridge-line, staying high. The summit block is obvious. The register is found 2/3 of the way to the top of the rock. It is reached by a short class 3 route that begins at the northwest corner. Caution: On the return from the summit, trend westward and northwest to avoid encroaching on the property of "Casa de Oro", a hunting club.


The BLM has arranged an easement for hikers through this area. Please stay on the marked easement route! There are some no trespassing signs along the easement route. These refer to the land on both sides of the BLM easement. All of sections 35 & 36 are private property. The dirt roads are seasonal.

The summit recognized by the HPS is not the "Weldon Peak" shown on the USGS topographic map. It is a pinnacle located 0.3 miles to the northeast. See the hiking directions for more details.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 8-Mar-2001
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