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02E

Pinyon Peak

6805'

Location: Kern County, about 11 miles east of the town of Weldon, 153 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo: Walker Pass 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

ROUTE 1

Distance: 5 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 3100' total, 2800' out plus 300' on return
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: J. C. Jenkins, 1978

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take SR 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Go west on SR 178 to Walker Pass.
  • Continue on SR 178 for 3 miles to the Walker Pass Lodge ruins.
  • Continue 0.7 mile and park off the pavement on either side of the highway.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • Hike southwest up the slope to the top of a low ridge just east of elevation 5101'.
  • Turn right and hike west up to elevation 5101'.
  • Turn south and hike up the steep slope to the top of another ridge at 6050'.
  • Turn right and hike west over bump 6822' and down into the saddle on the other side.
  • From here hike southwest up the ridge to the summit. Keep left of the brush as you approach the summit.

ROUTE 2

Permission to park on and cross private property is required.

Distance: 6 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 2300'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Jim T. Carriel

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take SR 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Go west on SR 178 to Walker Pass.
  • Continue west on SR 178 for 3 miles to where two roads intersect on the left just before Walker Pass Lodge. Next to the dirt roads are a series of mailboxes.
  • Park where previously instructed by the land owner.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • Hike up the road on the right (west) for 0.4 mile to a turn-around.
  • Hike west about a mile up the canyon keeping to its right side.
  • Turn south, cross the creek bed, and climb up to the top of the ridge just west of elevation 5758'.
  • Turn right and follow the ridge west up to the peak.

Route 2 crosses private property. You must determine who the property owner is and obtain permission before crossing their property.


CAMPING

About a mile past Walker Pass is the entrance on the left for Walker Pass Campground. There are restrooms and water during summer months. There are walk-in primitive sites. There are no fees or reservations at this time.

NOTE

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.

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