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Mount Jenkins

7921'
(UTM 102519)

Location: Kern County, about 10 miles northwest of Inyokern, 150 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo: Owens Peak 7½, Walker Pass 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software

Nearby Peaks: Morris Peak, Owens Peak, Five Fingers

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ROUTE 1

Distance: 13 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2700'
Time: 7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: Mostly on trail, some steep cross-country with a short easy class 3 section

Original: John Backus, June 1987

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take SR 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Go west on SR 178 to Walker Pass. Park here. Unlimited parking space.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From Walker Pass (5246'), hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) about 6 miles to the ridge which comes down northeast from the peak. There is usually a duck at this point.
  • Leave the trail and go up the ridge to a flat area at 7320'+ (UTM 106520).
  • Continue up the ridge and pick up a ducked route off to the left side of the ridge. Follow this up to the base of the summit block.
  • Go up a very short class 3 section to the summit.

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ROUTE 2

Distance: 6 miles round trip
Gain: 2500'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: Steep cross-country ridge and use trail with a short easy class 3 section at the summit

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, January 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take SR 14 to Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 14 to the intersection with SR 178 (Freeman Junction).
  • Continue north on SR 14 for 5.3 miles to a dirt road on the left. Turn left. This is 0.4 mile past the Homestead Cafe. SR 14 is under construction. It may be necessary to continue farther north and turn around, returning to the dirt road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.6 miles, Powers Well on the left. Keep straight. This is a good camping spot.
  • At 2.7 miles, fork. Turn right.
  • At 3.2 miles, fork. Keep left. This is the turnoff for Five Fingers.
  • At 3.8 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 3.9 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 5.2 miles, fork. Keep right.
  • At 5.8 miles, fork. Go right. (Left goes to the Mount Morris parking area).
  • At 6.5 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 7.2 miles, a small radio site on the right.
  • At 7.7 miles, fork with a road on the right going out to a camping spot on an outcrop. Park here. This is near the Wilderness boundary. Do not drive any farther!

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the Owens Peak parking area, hike northwest up the slope to the top of a major ridge.
  • Hike southwest up the ridge until it meets the PCT less than a mile from the parking area.
  • Turn left (south) on the PCT and walk about 100 meters until you find the use trail mentioned in Route 1.
  • Follow the use trail to the summit.

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ROUTE 3

From Owens Peak
Distance: 3 miles one way on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1100'
Time: 2 hours one way
Rating: Class 2, strenuous with Owens Peak
Navigation: Difficult
Route Finding: Difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: The cross-country is steep/rocky/brushy with a short easy class 3 section at the summit.

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, January 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Same as Driving Route 2.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the summit of Owens Peak, hike down the ridge that goes southwest from the summit until you reach the saddle where you intersect the PCT. As you hike down the ridge, you need to be careful to avoid the technical rock sections. Excellent route finding skills are required.
  • Turn left (south) along the PCT for about 2 miles to the ridge which comes down northeast from the summit. There is usually a duck at this point.
  • Continue as in Route 1.

CAMPING

About a mile past Walker Pass toward Lake Isabella is Walker Pass Campground. There are restrooms and (usually) water during summer months. There are walk-in primitive sites. There are no fees or reservations at this time.

Powers Well is on the driving route for Routes 2 and 3. It has no water or facilities. It is near to the starting point for Five Fingers.

NOTE

Mount Jenkins, Morris Peak, Owens Peak, and Five Fingers (Aquila) are all in the Owens Peak Wilderness. At the date of this revision, no permit is required.

PEAK COMBINATIONS

Jenkins is usually done with Morris Peak by a long trail walk along the PCT (Jenkins Route 1).

It is also done with Morris Peak by a much shorter route using Route 2 of Morris Peak to access the PCT or by having a short car shuttle and combining Morris Peak's Route 2 with Jenkins Route 2.

Jenkins is sometimes combined with Owens Peak. Owens Peak is usually hiked first using Owens Peak's Route 1. Continue to Jenkins from Owens Peak using Jenkins Route 3. Then return to the Owens Peak parking area via Jenkins Route 2.


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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 4-April-2014
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