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02B

Bald Eagle Peak

6181'

Location: Kern County, 4 miles south of Bodfish/Lake Isabella, 155 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club Kern County
Forest Service Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo Lake Isabella South 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
  Viewable JPG file - Approximately 400K
  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)

Nearby Peaks: Lightner Peak, Piute Lookout


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 1 1/2 miles round trip on use trail and cross-country
Gain: 600'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, easy
Navigation: Easy
Route: Easy brush and moderate rock scrambling

Original: Cliff Black, October 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Bakersfield approach)

  • Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
  • Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at 1/4 mile, and then turn right at Lake Isabella Road.

(Walker Pass approach)

  • Drive west on SR 178 to SR 155 at Lake Isabella.
  • Turn left a short distance to Lake Isabella Road, then turn right (south) and drive about 3 miles to Bodfish.
  • Drive through the town of Bodfish on Lake Isabella Road (which becomes Caliente-Bodfish Road) for about 3.2 miles to dirt Saddle Spring Road (27S02) on the left at the very top of a grade. Note your odometer and turn left.
  • Drive in about 5.5 miles, where 27S02 meets the main ridge before crossing over to the south side. Park on the west side of this shallow saddle.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6060'), walk a few yards west along the ridge, find a downhill use trail to the left, follow the use trail as it descends about 10-15' onto the south slope of the ridge, reverses direction and heads northwest contouring on the south slope of the ridge.
  • Hike the use trail northwest around the first bump into the saddle before the peak.
  • Scramble up to the summit, climbing over two main rock layers.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 1.2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 825'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, easy
Navigation: Easy
Route: Easy brush and moderate rock scrambling

Original: Dave Comerzan, May 2013

DRIVING ROUTE 2

(Bakersfield approach)

  • Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
  • Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at 1/4 mile, and then turn right at Lake Isabella Road.

(Walker Pass approach)

  • Drive west on SR 178 to SR 155 at Lake Isabella.
  • Turn left a short distance to Lake Isabella Road, then turn right (south) and drive about 3 miles to Bodfish.
  • Drive through the town of Bodfish on Lake Isabella Road (which becomes Caliente-Bodfish Road) for about 3.2 miles to dirt Saddle Spring Road (27S02) on the left at the very top of a grade. Note your odometer and turn left.
  • Drive in about 3.5 miles to start of a gully leading to a ridge. Park here. Room for about 3 cars. Additional parking about 100 yards further at a curve in the road.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking spot (5271'), hike southwest up the gully to a saddle on the ridge.
  • Turn left and hike southeast up the ridge to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Saddle Spring Road (27S02) is seasonal. Call Greenhorn Ranger District at (760) 379-5646 for road condition information.


NOTES

The peak is in the Bodfish Piute Cypress Botanical Area. The endangered species Piute cypress, distinguishable from juniper by the soccer-ball seams on the berries, is found on north and east slopes within the Botanical Area.

"Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side" by J. C. Jenkins and Ruby Jenkins, 1995. Page 33 of this Guide contains a photograph of the peak and a description of the route.

Learn more about Bald Eagle Peak.

Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


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