Pilot Knob, a former HPS peak, is located in Kern County, about
2½ miles north-northeast of the town of Onyx,
155 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the
Sequoia National Forest, but access to it crosses private property.
Pilot Knob was added to the HPS Peak List
in 1972 and removed in 2008. It remains on the Sierra Peaks Section Peak List.
See the Summit Signature for
more history and some background about the name of the peak.
HPS currently has no legal documented routes to the peak. Our old
route (see below) crossed private property. On the last HPS outing to
Pilot Knob, one of the owners (there are many) told us that after that visit,
we no longer had permission to visit the peak by crossing the White Blanket
property. If you want to visit Pilot Knob, you'll need to arrange your own