Location: Kern County, about 43 miles north of Mojave, 140 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Kern County|
|Forest Service||Sequoia National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Owens Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps||TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!|
|Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.4 megs|
|GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)|
|Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
Note: You will save several miles of hiking if you leave a car at the parking spot for Route 1.
The ridge from Russell to Backus is only 2 miles long, but plan for it to take at least three hours due to route finding and rocky cross-country travel. There is 900' of gain and loss along this ridge. You should not traverse any of the bumps on the north side. All rock outcrops should be skirted to the south. There is a faint use trail developing and one should look for it.