Red Mountain Day Hike

Come Hike Red Mountain (5261'), a desert Peak.


This is a copy of a previous meetup from Nathan.  Credit to Nathan for sections of the writeup. 


Hiking Category 

Pack your cowboy hat and prepare to travel into the wild west. This class 2 desert hike is 6.5 miles RT with an elevation gain of 1750'. This is a Sierra Club HPS Peak and though the distance isn't great and the elevation gain is minimal we will be hiking cross country and on dirt roads.

Hiking Plan Red Mountain (5261')

We are parking at the junction of Trona Rd and Steamwells Rd. [masked], [masked]). We will hike due east off and on the dirt roads until we reach the major ridge. From there we will follow the ridge SSE to the summit [masked], [masked]) where we will relax and eat lunch. After enjoying the view and signing the register we will head back the way we came. 

*There is NO water on this hike - plan accordingly*


Ghost Towns

If hikers are interested then they can stop and checkout the Ghost towns or any sites there of historical significance. Red Mountain, Johannesburg, and Randsburg are all close by the trailhead (links below).  

Useful Links and Information

Sierra Club Information with maps

Summit Post Information


Red Mountain Ghost Town




Class What?

It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking Club from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.  YOU are responcible for YOU. 


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  • Dan

    Thanks for posting and hosting, Dan. Good to meet everybody and to share with you the grand view from the summit. Enjoyable hike.

    February 4

  • shurovi

    thank you for a great hike, Dan! The views were beautiful. Awesome group of hikers too =)

    February 4

  • Dan J.

    It was a great time with pretty good weather! I hope to get some photos up eventually. thanks all!

    February 4

  • Paul

    Thanks for putting this together.

    February 3

  • Stephen B.

    Good workout, incredible 360 degree view at the top. Thanks Dan!

    1 · February 2

  • Dan J.

    hey everyone ... everything looks great for tomorrow! Expect some sun in the morning with clouds afternoon. We were hitting 70+ a few days back but expect temps in the low 50's and maybe some wind. Overall tho quite nice.

    Also, for anyone who forgot, the super bowl is tomorrow so if you forgot, set your DVR.

    February 1

  • Paul

    I may do this if I can carpool from Bako.

    January 29

    • Mike M

      Hi Paul, see below, you are more than welcome to carpool with us.

      January 29

    • Paul

      Sounds good.

      January 30

  • Megan D. W.

    Work is piling up on me, so I have to pull out. Boo to real life.

    January 29

  • Gina

    Dropping out, hope someone can take my place!

    January 29

  • Penni H

    I have to watch my grand daughter. Next time.

    January 28, 2014

  • Mike M

    If anyone would like to carpool from Bakersfield, I can drive three others comfortably, or ride with and provide gas money.

    January 22, 2014

    • khandan f

      Cool. Where do you want to meet? & what time? I'm happy to carpool:-)

      January 23, 2014

    • Mike M

      The Starbucks at Weedpatch (Hwy 184) & Hwy 58 makes a pretty good meeting place. Meet there at 6:45 am and on the road by 7:00? I have room for two more if there are others that want to carpool.

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Megan D. W.

    Do you have an estimated travel time from Bako to the meet point? It looked 2 to 2 1/2 hrs. Thanks!

    January 21, 2014

    • Penni H

      It took us 2 hours. Allow a lil more time for pitstops or traffic.

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • Dan J.

    I really don't know, but that's probably a good guess. Bakersfield folks are welcome to setup a car pool if they want. I'm on the east side so times for west side folks would be wild guesses by me.

    January 22, 2014

  • Dan J.

    I just want to make sure everyone understands this hike is class 2, with a large chunk being cross country AKA across rocks and gravel and steep hills. If you have bad knees and or ankles or want good old trail hiking, this won't be for you. Thanks!

    January 21, 2014

    • Dave

      Dan, I think I am going to have to back out for now. I was hoping for a miracle but I am going to need to move slower than I would like. See ya soon

      January 21, 2014

    • Dan J.

      I understand. If you hurt it before it heals you will miss even more including the summer. See out there soon.

      January 21, 2014

  • Penni H

    We went out to Red Mountain today. We only did 2 1/2 miles..but most of it was straight up hills. What an AMAZING view up there. I'm looking forward to this hike even more. :D

    January 19, 2014

  • khandan f

    I'm game for Red Mountain hike!

    January 11, 2014

  • Penni H

    I'm looking forward to this. I'm bringing my hubby, we'll be in area for that weekend to go hiking in that area. This is a perfect answer to where! Thanks and see you then :)

    January 10, 2014

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