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Location: Kern County, about 12 miles west-northwest of Inyokern, 159 miles from Los Angeles
||Sequoia National Forest|
||Owens Peak 7½, Walker Pass 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Morris Peak, Mount Jenkins, Five Fingers
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 7 miles round trip on road and use trail
- Gain: 3200' total, 3100' out plus 100' on return
- Time: 6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Intermediate
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, May 1974
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take SR 14 to Mojave.
- Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman
- Continue north on SR 14 another 5.3 miles to a dirt road on the
left. Turn left. This is 0.4 mile past Indian Wells, with a lodge and brewery. SR 14 is
under construction. It may be necessary to continue farther north and
turn around, returning to the dirt road. Note your odometer and go as
- At 2.6 miles, Powers Well on the left. Keep straight. This is a good
- At 2.7 miles, fork. Turn right.
- At 3.2 miles, fork. Keep left. This is the turnoff for
- At 3.8 miles, fork. Keep left.
- At 3.9 miles, fork. Keep left.
- At 5.2 miles, fork. Keep right.
- At 5.8 miles, fork. Go right. (Left goes to the
Morris Peak parking area.)
- At 6.5 miles, fork. Go right.
- At 7.2 miles, a small radio site on the right.
- At 7.7 miles, fork with a road on the right going out to a camping
spot on an outcrop. Park here. This at the barricaded Wilderness
- Note: High clearance may be required to proceed beyond the 5.2 mile point.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (5440'), hike past the barricade along the
old road, which eventually becomes a trail.
- Continue on this trail up the canyon to a small clearing
at about 6100'. The canyon forks here.
- Follow the excellent use
trail up the right canyon to about 7000' where the trail becomes
quite steep, then
starts through a field of dark boulders.
- Follow ducks up through
these boulders. (If you come to a field of white boulders, you are
too far to the right.)
- Continue on the use trail up toward the summit passing a steep rock
friction slope at about 7800' on the way.
- Continue on a good but steep trail to the summit.
Owens Peak, Morris Peak, Mount
Jenkins, Russell Peak,
Backus Peak, and Five Fingers (Aquilla)
are all in
the Owens Peak Wilderness. At the date of this
guide no permit is required.
Learn more about Owens Peak.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.