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Weldon Peak

(UTM 831136)

Location: Kern County, about 21 miles southeast of Lake Isabella, 200 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubKern County
Forest ServiceSequoia National Forest
USGS ToposEmerald Mountain 7½, Claraville 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 925K
 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: Sorrell Peak, Piute Lookout

Printable version of this route


Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
Gain: 1600' total, 800' out plus 800' on return
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate, optional summit block is short class 3
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Charlie Knapke, December 1993


(Southern approach)

  • From Mojave, go north on SR 14 for 19.5 miles to Jawbone Canyon Road on the left. Turn left, note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 4.2 miles, pavement ends.
  • At 6.2 miles, fork. This is the parking area for Cross Mountain. Turn right.
  • At 14.7 miles, saddle. This is the parking area for Butterbredt Peak.
  • At 17.9 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 18.2 miles, intersection of Jawbone Canyon Road and Kelso Valley Road. Go straght, continuing on Jawbone Canyon Road.
  • Continue on this road for 6.8 miles as it begins to switchback up the hill (Geringer Grade). It soon comes to the top of the ridge and turns sharply right, passing a dirt road on the left with a locked gate.
  • Continue about 0.3 mile north of this locked gate. There is convenient parking on the right in an obscure junction with an old jeep road. This spot (UTM 250158) is just north of small bump 6385' shown on the USGS topo.

(Northern approach)

The parking area for Route 1 can be reached from Claraville Flat to the north via County Route 589. This allows this peak to be combined with Sorrell Peak or Piute Lookout.


  • From the parking area (6360'), hike down the slope (southwest) a short distance to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Note: The PCT is shown incorrectly on the 1994 topo.
  • Turn left on the PCT and hike about 1/2 mile to a BLM easement post next to the trail. The trail enters private property here. Continue on the trail to where it meets a dirt road.
  • Turn right on this road and follow it about 1/4 miles down to a fork.
  • Keep left here and continue on the main road past a locked cable gate, continuing for another 3/4 mile to where the road levels out at a junction (about 5600') which is marked "Casa de Oso". Take the right fork to stay on the main road for about 250 feet to where the PCT leaves the road on the left.
  • Follow the PCT for about 1/3 mile over a low ridge and down into the next significant gully. There may be a duck here.
  • Leave the PCT, follow the gully southeast, and then continue in the same general direction to the main ridgeline.
  • The summit register has been placed on a conspicuous 60' pinnacle in the farthest northeast corner of the summit plateau. On the topo, this spot is located 0.2 mile north of the letters "do" of "Weldon Peak".
  • To reach this spot, turn left at the main ridgeline, staying high. The summit block is obvious.
  • The register is found 2/3 of the way to the top of the rock. It is reached by a short class 3 route that begins at the northwest corner. Caution: On the return from the summit, trend westward and northwest to avoid encroaching on the property of "Casa de Oso", a hunting club.


The BLM has arranged an easement for hikers through this area. Please stay on the marked easement route! No trespassing signs refer to the land on both sides of the BLM easement. All of sections 35 and 36 are private property.

The summit recognized by the HPS is not the "Weldon Peak" shown on the USGS topo. It is a pinnacle located 0.3 mile to the northeast. See the hiking directions for more details.


The dirt roads are seasonal.

Excellent secluded car camping is available another 2 miles farther north where a dirt road on the left leads to a rocky outcrop. The route to Weldon Peak from this spot: Drop southwest to the PCT and then turn left. Add 1 mile round trip.

Learn more about Weldon Peak.

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