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Heald Peak


Heald Peak is located in Kern County, about 5 miles east of of Weldon, 175 miles from Los Angeles. It is in Sequoia National Forest. Heald Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1974. It was named by the USGS to honor Weldon Fairbanks Heald (1901-67), who conceived and established the "100 Peaks Game". See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has two current documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 10 miles round trip with a total of 3500' of gain, a combination of trail and brushy cross country. More usually used is Route 2, 6 miles round trip, cross-country from Nicolls with 2200' gain (more like 3500' total when Nicolls is included). This, too, can be brushy, but is probably less so than Route 1. The main challenge for either route is simply finding the trailhead.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1974, 1992, 1997, and Microsoft Word version from 2001.

Heald from Nicolls
Photo by Mars Bonfire

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: There are no gates, but the approach to the trailhead is on Bureau of Land Management roads that pass through a residential area. Follow the BLM signs (if any) and respect the residents past whose homes you will pass. If in doubt, check with the Bakersfield 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.
  • Sequoia National Forest Incidents (usually fires) from InciWeb
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the BLM.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Heald Peak
  • 27 April 1974 - Bob Cates, 200 Peaks Bar #82
  • 27 April 1974 - Joe Young, 200 Peaks Bar #83
  • 30 May 1988 - Robert W. Dubeau, First List Completion #127
  • 17 March 1990 - Ken McElvany, 100 Peaks (unofficial)
  • 6 May 2000 - Rich Gnagy, 100 Peaks Emblem #1000
  • 11 August 2004 - Dorothy Danziger, Fourth List Completion #13

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