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Owens Peak Day Hike

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.

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LOCATION

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. **

Hike Category

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!

Hiking Plan

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.





 

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 of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.  YOU are responsible for YOU.

 

 

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  • Dan J.

    I posted the top GPS from my phone. I think it shows where folks got off trail. If folks want to attempt again ill probably do it again in the fall. Lots of good high sierra stuff coming this spring.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • captnemo

    I posted a few pics I'll post the rest I took at
    http://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Indian-wells-valley/

    January 18, 2014

  • Paul

    Tough hike, but nice views from the top.

    January 18, 2014

  • captnemo

    Had a great time in spite of a shaky start(had some minor car trouble)
    Didn't make it to the peak as the trail dissapeared but my gps said I was close and I enjoyed meeting folks at the bottom

    January 18, 2014

  • Dan J.

    what a day!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Too warm for January

    January 18, 2014

  • Dan J.

    if you get this I found it, my cell is[masked]-9064. If you are still around let me know. Sorry but my cell was dead until I got home.

    January 18, 2014

  • Dan J.

    What is your cell?

    January 18, 2014

  • Dan J.

    Jacqui let us know where u are if u see this. We are on the way down.

    January 18, 2014

  • Dan J.

    Ok, see folks at 8 sharp if you need a ride - or follow - at the dirt lot, or see the rest at the trail-head ~8:30. Weather looks great.

    January 17, 2014

  • Paul

    I'm not sure if my 2WD Tacoma will make it up the dirt road, might need a ride up.

    January 13, 2014

    • Dan J.

      Paul, can do, though I think you would be fine. My truck is only 2wd. I may have more clearance in a f150 but its also longer. I haven't been up the road in awhile so conditions may have changed but usually any truck will work just fine.

      January 13, 2014

    • Tom B.

      The road was in good condition last month. A 2wd vehicle will make it fine.

      January 17, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Sorryn for the late signup. Should be a grand day on the mountain.

    January 17, 2014

  • Dan J.

    No. Its at the coordinates in my last post. Just north of the brewery, turn up the dirt rd and there is a big dirt parking area about 100 ft up the road. Use Google and u can see it.

    January 17, 2014

  • Lisa W.

    Dan, there is someone from Bakersfield asking about where to meet the group in a parking area "just off the 14" so they can follow up to the trailhead. Is that at the Brewery?

    January 17, 2014

  • Dan J.

    OK, for anyone needing a ride here is the dirt parking area just off 14: [masked],[masked]

    Right now I have 2 plus 1 maybe for Paul. If you want you can follow me Paul in your truck. Expect temps to be in the low to mid 60's by afternoon with lots of sun.

    January 16, 2014

  • Dan J.

    I have room in my f150 for 2 or maybe 3. There is a dirt parking area just off 14 there; anyone needing a ride let me know and I can look for you there. (Coordinates to follow later) Please be there NLT 8:00 since its still a drive to the TH. I'll be leaving the lot by 8:05. Also, if you need a ride, let me know so I get a count. Right now I have 1. thnx

    January 13, 2014

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