Onyx Peak Sunday Afternoon Hike




The view of South Fork from Onyx Peak is great!


Hiking Category

This is a class 2 hike within easy driving distance of Bakersfield. The total distance for this cross country hike is 4.8 miles with an elevation gain of 2400 feet.


Onyx Peak Weather


Hiking up Onyx Mountain. [masked]


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Hiking Plan

We will meet at the Sierra Gateway and then carpool/caravan to the the trailhead [masked], [masked]) where we will begin hiking by 12:30pm. We will hike down the dirt road for a short distance, and then head cross country towards Onyx. We will take our time hiking up the very steep ridge. Though it is very steep the distance is not great. We will locate the "ducked route" on the major ridge and then hike up to the summit.

We will relax and enjoy the view of the Kern River Valley which is fantastic from Onyx Peak. Lake Isabella can be seen as well as Weldon, Onyx, Walker Pass, Kelso Valley, the Piute Mountains, the Kern Plateau, and South Fork. After enjoying the view we will make really good time hiking back down the steep ridgeline, and then back to our vehicles.




Almost to the car coming from Onyx Peak. 11-27-2011.


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 Climber.org 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 that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies.  You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards.  You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.



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  • Dave

    Extremely fun hike, This ones going on my Ill be back list.

    October 28, 2012

  • Tony E.

    Dropping like flies... I'm out too

    October 28, 2012

  • Paul

    I'd like to carpool from Chevron. 1045am?

    October 27, 2012

  • Tony E.

    Carpool from Chevron (179 & 184) at 11am?

    October 22, 2012

  • Ellen

    Looking forward to this. Have done it before.
    Would it be OK for me to meet you at Kelso Valley Rd. and 178 at 12:10 or so as I'll be coming from Fay Ranch Rd?

    October 22, 2012

  • glenda j.

    Is this a good beginners hike? What do most people bring with them. I'm new. :)

    1 · October 20, 2012

  • Julie R.

    May I bring my well behaved dog? She has been on other hikes before. She is in good condition and is very friendly.

    October 20, 2012

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