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02B

Bald Eagle Peak

6181'

Location: Kern County, 4 miles south of Bodfish/Lake Isabella, 155 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo: Lake Isabella South 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software
PDF version (approximately 368K)

Nearby Peaks: Lightner Peak, Piute Lookout

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 1 1/2 miles round trip on use trail and cross-country
Gain: 600'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, easy
Navigation: Easy
Route: Easy brush and moderate rock scrambling

Original: Cliff Black, October 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Bakersfield approach)

  • Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
  • Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at 1/4 mile, and then turn right at Lake Isabella Road.

(Walker Pass approach)

  • Drive west on SR 178 to SR 155 at Lake Isabella.
  • Turn left a short distance to Lake Isabella Road, then turn right (south) and drive about 3 miles to Bodfish.
  • Drive through the town of Bodfish on Lake Isabella Road (which becomes Caliente-Bodfish Road) for about 3.2 miles to dirt Saddle Spring Road (27S02) on the left at the very top of a grade. Note your odometer and turn left.
  • Drive in about 5.5 miles, where 27S02 meets the main ridge before crossing over to the south side. Park on the west side of this shallow saddle.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6060'), walk a few yards west along the ridge, find a downhill use trail to the left, follow the use trail as it descends about 10-15' onto the south slope of the ridge, reverses direction and heads northwest contouring on the south slope of the ridge.
  • Hike the use trail northwest around the first bump into the saddle before the peak.
  • Scramble up to the summit, climbing over two main rock layers.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 1.2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 825'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, easy
Navigation: Easy
Route: Easy brush and moderate rock scrambling

Original: Dave Comerzan, May 2013

DRIVING ROUTE 2

(Bakersfield approach)

  • Exit SR 178 at Borel Road 3 miles before reaching the town of Lake Isabella.
  • Turn east, then turn left toward Bodfish at 1/4 mile, and then turn right at Lake Isabella Road.

(Walker Pass approach)

  • Drive west on SR 178 to SR 155 at Lake Isabella.
  • Turn left a short distance to Lake Isabella Road, then turn right (south) and drive about 3 miles to Bodfish.
  • Drive through the town of Bodfish on Lake Isabella Road (which becomes Caliente-Bodfish Road) for about 3.2 miles to dirt Saddle Spring Road (27S02) on the left at the very top of a grade. Note your odometer and turn left.
  • Drive in about 3.5 miles to start of a gully leading to a ridge. Park here. Room for about 3 cars. Additional parking about 100 yards further at a curve in the road.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking spot (5271'), hike southwest up the gully to a saddle on the ridge.
  • Turn left and hike southeast up the ridge to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Saddle Spring Road (27S02) is seasonal. Call Greenhorn Ranger District at (760) 379-5646 for road condition information.


NOTES

The peak is in the Bodfish Piute Cypress Botanical Area. The endangered species Piute cypress, distinguishable from juniper by the soccer-ball seams on the berries, is found on north and east slopes within the Botanical Area.

"Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side" by J. C. Jenkins and Ruby Jenkins, 1995. Page 33 of this Guide contains a photograph of the peak and a description of the route.

Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 21-January-2014
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