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Mount Jenkins

(UTM 102519)

Mount Jenkins is located in Kern County, about 10 miles northwest of Inyokern, 150 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the Owens Peak Wilderness. The peak was named in 1983 for James Charles Jenkins (1952-79), USFS Forester, beloved hiker, and author of five books renowned for their accuracy. He was tragically killed by a passing car while he was attempting to repair his vehicle that had stalled near Grapevine by the Tejon Pass. Mount Jenkins was added to the HPS Peak List in 1987. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has three current documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 13 miles round trip with a total of 2700' of gain, and follows the Pacific Crest Trail from Walker Pass until it passes below the summit, then ascends a ridge to the summit block. Route 2 (6 miles round trip, 2500' gain) ascends the same ridge, but starts at the Owens Peak parking area. Route 3 begins at the summit of Owens Peak, descends a ridge from Owens to the saddle between Owens and Jenkins, then follows the Pacific Crest Trail south to the same ridge used in Route 1. From the Owens summit to the Jenkins summit is 3 miles one way and 1100' gain.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1993, and Microsoft Word version from 2002.

Jenkins from Morris
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: there are no gates. The road in Indian Wells Canyon is dirt and subject to weather-related damage. Information on the status of the road might be available from the Ridgecrest Field Office, Bureau of Land Management.
  • Status of State Route 178 from Caltrans
  • Status of State Route 14 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone X-10 shall open on the last Saturday in September and extend for 16 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the Bureau of Land Management.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Mount Jenkins
  • 25 October 1986 - Tom Moumblow, 200 Peaks Bar #228
  • 12 March 1988 - Cyndi Okine Runyan, 100 Peaks Emblem #769
  • 21 April 1990 - Glenn Johnson, 100 Peaks Emblem #819
  • 8 October 1994 - David F. Jensen, Second List Completion #29
  • 20 April 2002 - Angie Wysup, 200 Peaks Bar #385

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