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07B

Lockwood Peak

6261'

Location: Ventura County, about 11 miles southwest of Frazier Park, 83 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubVentura County, Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceLos Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS TopoLockwood Valley 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.2 megs
 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: San Guillermo Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, July 1974

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-5 north past Gorman to the Frazier Park turnoff.
  • Go west on Frazier Park Mountain Road for 7 miles to the junction with the Lockwood Valley Road in Lake of the Woods. Turn left.
  • Go 10.5 miles on the Lockwood Valley Road to the Mutau Road (7N03) on the left with a sign "Pine Springs CG". Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.1 miles, Piano Box Road on the left. Turn left.
  • At 3.1 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 3.5 miles, a parking area just before the road goes down steeply into a wash. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5500'), hike down the road, cross a creek bed and continue on to its intersection with the Yellow Jacket Trail (20W04).
  • Turn left and hike north on the Yellow Jacket Trail past a series of meadows and past a 1-mile and a 2-mile paddle marker. Continue about 200 yards past the 2-mile paddle marker to where the road starts gently downhill. There may be a large duck on the right.
  • Turn right, leave the trail, and go up the slope to the southeast and enter a prominent gully. There should be a faint use trail in the gully. Ascend this gully to where it begins to level off, not far below the saddle. About 50 yards below the saddle there is a clipped use trail with ducks that leads to the summit.

ALTERNATE ROUTE

If San Guillermo is hiked before Lockwood Peak, there is a turnoff at 2.6 miles on the Mutau Road (7N03) which can be used to reach Piano Box Road.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The dirt roads are seasonal.

Please do not hike in the meadows, whose soil is very fragile. Stay on the trail.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2500' total, 2000' out plus 500' on return
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Sandy Burnside and Byron Prinzmetal, November 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-5 north past Gorman to the Frazier Park turnoff.
  • Go west on Frazier Park Mountain Road for 7 miles to the junction with the Lockwood Valley Road in Lake of the Woods. Turn left.
  • Go 5.6 miles on the Lockwood Valley Road to 8N12 on the left with a sign "Lockwood Creek CG". Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.9 mile, there is a road on your right. Continue straight.
  • At 1.3 miles, pass a seasonal gate (maybe open all year around).
  • Continue straight on 8N12 past road 118 and a closed road, both on your left.
  • At 2.2 miles, park at the large parking area just before the road goes downhill and crosses Lockwood Creek.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4800'), hike south across Lockwood Creek. The water could be high in the late winter and spring. Hike on Lockwood Trail #127. This is a 4x4 designated road.
  • At 1.6 miles, you will come to a junction of three trails. Go straight, following the one marked "Yellow Jacket Trail". You will be traveling southwest.
  • Hike another 1.2 miles and look for a very indistinct gully on your left. There might be a duck here. Another way of telling that you are in the right spot is that there is a gully coming down from your right (north) between two bumps.
  • Turn left (south) and hike up this gully. The gully will become quite distinct, rocky, but very little brush after 1/8th mile. If it does not you are in the wrong place.
  • Continue up this gully for about 1/2 mile. At this point you will see the peak about 1/20 mile in front of you and the gully will split. The least brushy way is to take the gully on your left (south) for 1/8th mile until the gully opens up into a broad area.
  • Turn right (west) and pick your way through the brush to the peak. Be sure to note your way for the return.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The dirt roads are seasonal. If 8N12 is closed at the gate, add 2.6 miles round trip.


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