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Cross Mountain


Cross Mountain is located in Kern County, about 16 miles north of Mojave, 120 miles from Los Angeles. It located on BLM land next to Jawbone Canyon. Cross Mountain was added to the HPS Peak List in 1969. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has two documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 7 miles round trip with 2500' of gain, mainly on a motorbike track. This route was temporarily withdrawn while a nearby windfarm was built, but we've been told it is now OK to climb over the gate and hike the peak, just don't hike into the windfarm itself. Route 2 is more difficult: 8 miles round trip, 3500' gain, but assumes you have are already on Chuckwalla Mountain (so something like 12 miles round trip, 4900' gain total), mainly on a motorbike track.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1973, 1992, and 2001 Microsoft Word version.

Cross from Chuckwalla
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: This road is usually open all the winter, though will could be muddy if there's been recent weather. If in doubt, check with the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office.
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone D-9 shall open on the fourth Saturday in September and extend for 30 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the BLM.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Cross Mountain
  • 15 December 1985 - W. Harland Anderson, 100 Peaks Emblem #703
  • 12 January 1991 - Gordon Lindberg, 100 Peaks Leadership Emblem #8
  • 2 November 2003 - Larry Campbell, 200 Peaks Bar #404

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