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Location: Kern County, about 21 miles southeast of Lake Isabella, 200 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Kern County|
|Forest Service||Sequoia National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Emerald Mountain 7½, Claraville 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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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
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.