Slate Mountain Day Hike

Hiking Category

Day Hike - This hike with the driving from Kernville should be between 8 and 9 hours. The total distance is 9.4 miles round trip and the elevation gain is 2045 feet. This is my first time doing this hike so we all need to stay together and take our time with the navigation.

Hiking Plan 

The plan is to meet at the James Market in Kernville at 7:00am. I figure it will take us about 1.5 hours to get to the trailhead (36.120545, -118.543195), but it might be slightly less than that. We will be hiking on the Summit National Recreation Trail (31E14) beginning at Quaking Aspen Campground ( pdf flyer here) off of Western Divide Highway ( pdf flyer here).

I figure we will be setting out on the trail at around 8:30am.  The plan is to follow the trail to the top, and then make the short climb near the top to the summit where we can eat lunch and enjoy a great view. After that we will head back down the trail to the cars, and then drive back to the James Market in Kernville.

I have been wanting to get over and hike on this trail for awhile now so I am excited to head up there and check it out. Quaking Aspen is a beautiful place. I expect that it may be somewhat warm so bring lots of water.

So how long will it take to get there? 

We all wonder this when we are heading out to go hiking so wouldn't it be great if we could keep track of this information in a centralized location that we can all reference? To further this cause it would be great if you could keep track of where you started, where you stopped, and the time it takes for you to get there. Over time, and if we all contribute, then we will have a very complete list. Please email this information as you keep track of it to [masked] and I will update the list. Please let me know also if this information isn't consistent with your experience so that we can adjust this information for future hikers.

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  • Tony Sarzotti

    Here is a link to more pictures of this beautiful area that is the west side of the Southern Sierras as you climb Hwy 190, Slate Mountain.

    http://watertight.smugmug.com/T...­

    July 1, 2011

  • Alice

    Congratulations on reaching the summit of Slate Mtn! Good job, guys!

    June 27, 2011

  • Larry Wailes

    not many flowers yet

    June 25, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    The weather was perfect, about 71. The trail was not too bad of shape considering no work has been done this year. A lot of blow down still exists. Small patches of snow were not a problem. It did cover the trail below the peak but following the ridge up from the saddle worked fine and added fun on the way down! The side trips to Yokuts Spire and an unnamed peak added spectacular views to the north, of the Tule River drainage, Mineral King and more views of Whitney and Langly.

    June 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This hike was a total blast! The company was great on the trail, and I got to meet 3 hikers that I did not know including Alan, Bill, and Justin. We hiked to three locations that I had never been to on Western Divide Highway which were Slate Mountain, Peak 8776, and Yokut Spire. We also got to hike on the National Summit Trail which was really fun. This was a great group of hikers, I learned even more about a great hiking area, and I got a cheeseburger at the Ponderosa.

    June 24, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Nathan. No, actually all I have is an iphone app that works good, sometimes, in telling me where I've been but I haven't mastered the maps function yet. I am an expert on topographic maps, 1:24,000 if you have one. Your pictures also should help locate trail, depending on visibility. I'll download and print some also. This should be a blast!

    June 23, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Sounds good Nathan, looking forward to it! I am also waiting to see if Bill will be coming with me.

    June 23, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Nathan, checking with Mapquest, it's a 2 hr, 89 mile drive from Bakersfield through Springville to Quaking Aspen Campground. How about I meet you up there?

    June 23, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Wednesday or Thursday would be good for me.

    June 20, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Cool, that area is new to me, need to get the lay of the land.

    June 20, 2011

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Nathan, if we end up with extra time, can we look at the the area south of Slate and the trail to Mule Peak Lookout for a future hike? It's the area I mentioned in a previous post.

    June 20, 2011

  • Eric Kassan

    The trail was easy to find from the road (maybe even signed), but as it went by the meadow was where it played hide and seek under snow banks. A GPS was very helpful. The snow went away once the trail started ascending, but came back when we hit the high north-facing slopes of the peak.

    June 14, 2011

  • Eric Kassan

    It was surprisingly easy to find the road, and decent for normal cars (I drive a Honda Civic). I don't recall the specific for parking but I think it was fairly open.

    June 14, 2011

  • Eric Kassan

    I would recommend either delaying this trip, or bringing crampons. I did Slate Mountain last year on 6/13/2010 and there was considerable hard-packed snow toward the top. While I made the summit, the person I was with did not think it safe and stayed below. My trip report and GPS track is here - http://www.peakbagger.com/climb...­

    June 14, 2011

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