Location: Kern County, California
Named for the Chuckwalla (Sauromalus obesus), a species of lizard that grows approximately 11 to 16.5- in length and appears curiously zaftig with a pronounced pot-belly. It is strictly herbivorous, but not known to enjoy beer. If frightened, It retreats into the nearest rocky crevice and wedges itself sideways by inflating its body. It is native to the southeastern part of California.
Name first noted by Wheeler Survey (1876).
Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1970, as follows:
CHUCKWALLA MTN. (5006) Jawbone Canyon area.
Climb via Lone Tree Cyn road & aqueduct road. (4 mi., 1500' gain.)
double-humped peak visible along Hwy. 14. Good views of Jawbone Cyn. and
desert. Exploratory led April 19, 1970.