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Five Fingers


Location: Kern County, about 7 miles northwest of Inyokern, 153 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club Kern County
USGS Topo Owens Peak 7½
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Nearby Peaks: Morris Peak, Mount Jenkins, Owens Peak

Printable version of this route


Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1600'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 3, moderate

Original: Al Campbell, December 1973


  • Take SR 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • 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 follows:
  • At 2.6 miles, Powers Well on the left. Keep straight. This is a good camping spot.
  • At 2.7 miles, fork. Turn right.
  • At 3.2 miles, fork. Keep right. This is the turnoff for Owens Peak, Morris Peak and Mount Jenkins.
  • Park in a parking area a short distance from the fork.


  • From the parking area (3600'+), the peak is visible as the leftmost of several points. Hike up the slope through the saddle between the summit and the next point to its right.
  • Continue around to the northeast side of the summit to a spiny ridge coming down from the summit.
  • Scramble up onto this ridge, turn left, and follow it up toward the summit.
  • Soon you will see two slots coming down from the summit. Follow the left slot through some easy class 3 rock up to the summit.

Alternatively, it is possible to hike to the left of the summit and go around the peak to the spiny ridge as described above.


It is possible to hike up to the spiny ridge from any convenient parking area near the peak. It is suggested that a Wilderness map is obtained to be sure that you do not violate the Wilderness boundaries.


Five Fingers, Owens Peak, Morris Peak, and Mount Jenkins are all in the Owens Peak Wilderness. At the date of this guide no permit is required.

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