Come Hike Owens Peak (8453')!
This is a partial copy of a previous meetup hotsed by Nathan. Credit due to him for sections of the writeup.
Owens Peak trailhead in the Indian Wells Canyon, just west of Inyokern, CA. The dirt Rd into the canyon area is off Hwy 14 ([masked],[masked]) a couple miles south of the 14/395 junction. For those on the west side, you will come over via 58 and north on 14 or over via 178 and then north on 14. For those on the east side like me, you know where it is already. Trailhead is at[masked], -117.974494.
There will be NO water. Carry plenty of water, I always suggest extra in your car as well. Weather TBD.
**You will need a moderate to high clearance 2wd or 4wd vehicle. I have no issues in my 2wd f150. I have seen cars and outbacks up there too, but you have been warned. **
This is a class 2, & 3 intermediate day hike in the Owens Peak Wilderness to Owens Peak, the highest peak in Kern County. This is listed as intermediate to advanced hike as most of this hike is STEEP. ~ 5 miles and 3000+ feet of elvation gain. The first mile is fairly easy road/trail hiking and then you go up almost 3k feet in the span of a mile. Sections of the second half of the hike will be boulder-ing and some short class 2+/3 climbing/slab parts. Don't underestimate the difficulty! This is a major cardio workout peak. Expect the climb to take you 1-4 hrs depending on your shape. Then enjoy some snack or lunch at the top!
Owens Peak (8453')
We will be driving up a dirt road (Indian Wells Canyon Rd) until we locate the parking area in Indian Wells Valley [masked], [masked]). We will hike past the barricade along the old road which eventually becomes a trail. We will hike for about two miles to the top of Owens Peak [masked], [masked]). After enjoying the summit for awhile we will make our way down.
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 ).
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