Mount Jenkins is located in Kern County, about 10 miles northwest of
Inyokern, 150 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the
Owens Peak Wilderness.
The peak was named in 1983 for James Charles Jenkins (1952-79), USFS Forester,
beloved hiker, and author of five books renowned for their accuracy.
He was tragically killed by a passing car while he was attempting to repair his
vehicle that had stalled near Grapevine by the Tejon Pass.
Mount Jenkins was added to the HPS Peak List
See the Summit Signature for
more history and some background about the name of the peak.
HPS has three current documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 13 miles round
trip with a total of 2700' of gain, and follows the Pacific Crest Trail from
Walker Pass until it passes below the summit, then ascends a ridge to the
summit block. Route 2 (6 miles round
trip, 2500' gain) ascends the same
ridge, but starts at the Owens Peak parking
Route 3 begins at the summit
of Owens Peak, descends a ridge from Owens to
saddle between Owens and Jenkins, then follows the Pacific Crest Trail south
to the same ridge used in Route 1. From the Owens summit to the Jenkins summit
is 3 miles one way and 1100' gain.