** Use at Your Own Risk **
Location: Kern County, about 14 miles east of Lake Isabella City, 180 miles from Los Angeles
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 4 miles round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 2300'
- Time: 4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Al Campbell, November 1972
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- From Los Angeles take SR 14 through Mojave to the Walker Pass Road
(SR 178). Turn left (west).
- Go about 29 miles to the Kelso Creek Road on the left. Turn left.
- Go 2.8 miles to the Short Canyon Road (unsigned) on the left which is
just before a white fence on the left. Turn left.
- Go 1/4 mile to a cattle guard barred by a locked cable, with a BLM
sign "Short Canyon Road". Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (2930'), pass the gate and go up the road toward
the stone water tank.
- From here head due north up either
an obvious gully or the wide ridge just to its right to a
shallow saddle at the top of the ridge at about 4800'.
- Turn right and follow the ridge northeast to the ridge split at 5160'.
- Then go left (north) about 200 yards to
the main summit, going around to the right, then up, following
a route that is probably ducked.
Scodie Mountain, Pinyon Peak,
Onyx Peak #2, and Skinner Peak lie in the
Kiavah Wilderness which is bounded on the south
by the road over Bird Spring Pass and on the north by SR 178 and Walker
Pass. On Onyx, you enter the Wilderness near the gate. Don't
drive beyond the (usually closed) gate.
It is also possible to drive to this point from the south via Jawbone
and Kelso Canyons. This enables you to
combine this peak with others in area 2, such as Mayan Peak.
Learn more about Onyx Peak #2.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.