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Chimney Peak Hike

  • May 11, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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HIKE to Chimney Peak! (7900')

 

 

 

 

 

We will meet at Chimney Creek Campground (BLM) at 8:45 and leave at 9:00, details here:

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/Recreation_opportunities/chimney_creek_cg.html

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There MAY or MAY not be water at the campground. There is a spring along the PCT but this year it may be DRY. It also should be treated/filtered.

Getting there:

For us EAST side folks, take 9 mile canyon rd to Canebrake rd to the campground. For WEST folks, take Hwy 178 to Chimney peak rd to Canebrake Rd to the campground. Chimney peak and Canebrake Rd are DIRT and you will NEED a 4wd or a high clearance 2wd. I have not been on it this year, so the conditions may have changed. Folks may want to carpool with those who have appropriate vehicles.

Hiking Category:

This is a class 1 and 2 hike for intermediate and advanced level hikers (no beginners on this one please ). This hike is 9 miles with an elevation gain of 2500 feet. If you are interested in attending then please add yourself to the waiting list for approval. We may ask you some questions prior to approval to assess your prior hiking experience and etc.. This isn't an attempt to hassle you, we are merely attempting to make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Plan:

Hike the PCT about 3.5 miles to the ridge west of the peak, then turn cross country (some bush whacking) to the summit for an addtional 1-1.5+ miles. Eat lunch. Enjoy. Total trip will be 9 miles and ~[masked] feet of elevation. I've done this before and it was dog compatable, but be warned, there ARE snakes.

Weather:

Expect it to be sunny and warm (HOT?), but always check for the latest weather.  I like www.nooa.gov myself.

Class What?

It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For 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’

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*** 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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  • Dan J.

    Perfect weather, thanks!

    May 12, 2013

  • Rafael M.

    Great hike Dan.

    May 11, 2013

  • Dan J.

    See you at 8:00.
    safe drive!

    May 10, 2013

  • Dan J.

    OK! Doesn't look like much of a crowd. Should be nice though.

    May 10, 2013

  • Rafael M.

    I can come by the lake on 178. That would be quicker. How about I meet you at the intersection of 178 and Canebreak Rd. at 8:00 AM?

    May 9, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Sure, or maybe I can meet you at the entry to the lower side? Would you be coming up via 14 or through the Lake?

    If you are coming in by the lake, I can drive in from that side. Otherwise ridgecrest or wherever is good. Lets see if anyone else signs up.

    May 8, 2013

  • Rafael M.

    Hey Dan, I'm interested in joining you. I haven't done Chimney Peak and it's been on my list for a good long while. I don't know how well my coupe would do on the dirt roads. Can I meet you in Ridgecrest and carpool with you? Let me know.

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    May 8, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Doesn't look like there is a lot of interest for this hike?

    May 8, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Hey Tom, that may be right, I used "halfmile's" PCT maps for the PCT section milieage and estimated the cross country to the peak. I know when we did it before we went back via cross country - did your GPs route use that, or return via the PCT? I was planning to return via the PCT.

    May 7, 2013

    • Tom B.

      The mileage is from the up and back on the PCT from last year.

      May 7, 2013

    • Dan J.

      I revised accordingly. thnks

      May 7, 2013

  • Tom B.

    My gps track shows 9 miles and 2500 feet of gain.

    May 7, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Please note I updated the trip length and elevation gain. My best guess, and someone else feel free to chime in, is 11 to 13 miles round trip with ~ 2400 feet.

    May 6, 2013

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