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Location: Kern County, about 12 miles west-northwest of Frazier Park, 80 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Kern County|
|Forest Service||Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts|
|USGS Topos||Eagle Rest Peak 7½, Sawmill Mountain 7½, Cuddy Valley 7½, Pleito Hills 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Antimony Peak
- Distance: 11 miles round trip on a poor road and cross-country
- Gain: 3700' total, 2300' out plus 1400' on return
- Time: 8 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, strenuous
- Navigation: Difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: John Backus, July 1982
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Go north on I-5 to the Frazier Park exit. Exit the freeway and turn
left onto Frazier Mountain Park Road.
- Go west 12.2 miles to the junction with Mil Potrero Road. (The road
changes name to Cuddy Valley Road at 7 miles.) Turn right (left goes to
- Go west 4.5 miles to Nesthorn Way on the right (north). Turn right.
- Drive about 500' to the end of the paved cul-de-sac on Nesthorn
- Exit the cul-de-sac on the right side on a dirt road (unnamed) and
continue about 500' to a locked gate on the dirt road.
Park here (4850'). Do not park on Nesthorn Way and do not
block the locked gate. Permission is not required to hike down the
road beyond the locked gate at this time.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area, hike down the road about 1.4 miles along the west
fork of San Emigdio Creek, passing a
sign "Wind Wolves Preserve",
to the junction with the east fork of San Emigdio Creek. The final portion
of this road is washed out and should be bypassed on the left (northwest)
slopes of the creek.
- Turn left (north) down the main canyon of San Emigdio
Creek and continue to follow the road, where possible, down canyon to a
gate with a sign "Private Property - KCL Co".
- Pass the
gate and follow the faint roadbed northerly down San Emigdio Creek. The
roadbed is much overgrown and is washed out in many places. Where it
disappears, stay on the right side of the streambed. Continue down
the road for about 2.3 miles to where the canyon widens out into a
sagebrush-dotted meadow (3520'+). Across this meadow a grassy ridge comes
down from the northeast with a faint use trail going up it.
- Follow the
faint use trail up the ridge, eventually passing through a Pinyon pine
grove (5500') and then ascend the steep grassy slope north toward the
sandstone cliffs. An occasionally ducked route leads up through the cliffs
just above the trees.
- The summit is reached immediately after ascending a
ramp that passes the final large buttress on its right side.