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Day Hike to Morris Peak & Mount Jenkins

  • Walker Pass

    Hwy 178, Inyokern, CA (map)

    35.663235 -118.027340

  • Walker Pass & Highway 178. Type these coordinates [masked], [masked]) into Google Maps, and you can get directions from home.




    Amazing view from Morris Peak!



    Hiking Category

    This is a class 1 and 2 hike for intermediate and advanced level hikers ( sorry no beginners on this one please ). This hike is 14.5 miles with an elevation gain of 3800 feet. We will climb 4 peaks featuring two fantastic Sierra Club HPS peaks. We are hoping for a sunny day with wildflowers on the slopes.


    Walker Pass Weather

    Hiking Plan

    We will be carpooling/carvanning from the Sierra Gateway in South Lake at 7:30 so we will be at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Highway 178 (Walker Pass) and be hiking by 8:00am.

    • We will hike north on the PCT to the Morris Peak turnoff (6585') [masked],[masked]).


    • We will hike to Morris Peak (7215')[masked], [masked]).


    • We will hike down the north side of Morris to the PCT on the Morris/Jenkins saddle (6530'). (5 miles to this point with 2000 feet of elevation gain).


    • We will hike on the PCT past the plaque [masked], [masked]) to the Jenkins Turnoff (6950') [masked],[masked]). (This section is 2 miles with an elevation gain of 525 feet).


    • Hike on the use trail to Mount Jenkins (7921') [masked], [masked]).and back to the PCT. ( This section is 1.25 miles RT with 975 ft of elevation gain. )


    • Hike back to Walker Pass, and do Proposal Peak (6529')[masked],[masked]) and Peak 6350' [masked], [masked]) on our way out. ( This section is 6.3 miles with an elevation gain of 300 feet. )


    Hylton Hiker on Mount Jenkins. 04-23-2011.



    This should be an awesome day of hiking.



    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 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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  • Tom B.

    New snow down to Walkers Pass. Road is open, but tomorrow would be a snow slog throuh all the usual north side sections of the PCT. Jenkins would be an agressive day with snow shoes. Even Morris would be work in some places without snow shoes. Glad for the late storm though - we needed it on the east side. ESS

    March 8, 2013

  • Dan J.

    The eastern peaks are hard to forecast for, I've been up on the PCT during "winter storm warnings" where the west side was being buried and I was on a dusting. It all depends on if any precip bands set up east to west (not west to east) on the backside of the low. However, we are getting some light rain today in ridgecrest, so I think a couple inches is likely. It will melt fast in the sun tomorrow though. If we have sun.

    March 8, 2013

  • Brad B.

    Nathan, do you have a weather link you could post for Mt Jenkins? I think you have a way to get the forecast for a specific latitude and longitude.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Nathan, what is the address of the Chevron Station we are to meet at? I am driving in from Fresno. I didn't see any with the address you gave Morgan when I looked up Chevron stations. I hiked with David and Tom to Delilah lookout Sunday. Fun guys! I look forward to hiking with your group.

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Tom A.

      Janice let me know if you want to carpool down to Bako but for sure we can car pool from Bakersfield to Isabella. I think you and I could meet at the Carl's Junior near Hwy 99 of Rosedale Hiway in Bako.

      March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Call me if you still want to carpool. [masked]

      March 7, 2013

  • Kevin O.

    Nathan, My son, James wants to do this one with you. Will you add him (put him in under my name)? Thanks.

    March 7, 2013

  • ana m.

    Sorry, other obligation

    March 6, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Based on history, I doubt any of these peaks will get much more than a couple inches, and it will melt very quickly with sun during the day. It may be a colder storm, but its not real wet, and these are eastern peaks.

    March 6, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Nathan...60 percent chance of rain on Thursday and 70 percent on Friday. I suspect there might be quite a bit of snow accumulating on the peaks we are supposed to hike to...and...if so, do you still plan on doing this hike?

    March 5, 2013

  • Jordan F.

    Very excited for my first outing with the Kern group, and looking forward to meeting you, Nathan.

    March 5, 2013

  • Bea C.

    Work came up.

    March 5, 2013

  • Donna M.

    We would like to join you, but will turn around after Morris.

    March 4, 2013

  • Dan J.

    I'm sure you already guessed, but I'll meet you straight at Walker Pass. thnks

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming Fresno. Which is the best way to get there. Is it short to go the trailhead or the meetup spot at the Chevron?

    March 3, 2013

  • Bea C.

    What time do we need to meet at the Chevron?

    March 3, 2013

  • Paul

    I'd like to carpool from Chevron if possible.

    March 3, 2013

  • Ellen

    Will probably meet up with you at Walker Pass as I may not do the entire hike.
    Looking forward to it.

    March 2, 2013

  • Kerry

    I'm a maybe at this point. I may have to leave the state on family business. If not, I'm in.

    February 27, 2013

  • Thomas Gregory S.

    Nathan, I will attend if I am in California that week. I may need to go to Utah, but I will cancel way ahead of time in that event. Looking forward to hitting those other peaks!

    February 24, 2013


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