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Nicolls Peak


Location: Kern County, about 3 miles south of the town of Weldon, 175 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo: Woolstalf Creek 7½, Weldon 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Heald Peak

Printable version of this route


Distance: 3 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 2000'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, strenuous, summit area is class 2
Navigation: Difficult

Original: John Backus, October 1987


  • Start at SR 178 at Kernville Airport Road junction.
  • Go 0.2 mile west to Vista Grande Road and turn left. Mark odometers at the intersection of Vista Grande and SR 178.
  • 0.0 Go south on Vista Grande.
  • In 0.5 mile, pavement ends at Bella Vista. Go straight.
  • In 0.3 mile, intersect Hill View Acres Road. Go right.
  • In 0.8 mile, intersect Brooks Road. Go left.
  • Proceed on Brooks Road past "El Rancho Poco" and several intersections to the "W" ranch.
  • In 1.2 miles take left fork at a sign "BLM Access". Follow a fence on the left.
  • In 0.1 mile; intersection - turn sharp left on Last Chance Trail. 4WD is probably required for the remainder of the drive.
  • In 0.1 mile, go right on Last Chance Trail (avoid taking Miners Gulch trail).
  • In 0.1 mile, fork. (Turn off for Heald Peak). Go left.
  • In 0.1 mile, fork. Go left.
  • In 1.5 mile, end of road just past a fence. Park here (3950').

Note: There are multiple confusing roads. The BLM has added road names that are shown on our latest map. Check your mileages going in and coming out.


  • From the cars observe the saddle just south (right) of the summit. This is the low point between Heald and Nicolls.
  • Follow a trail easterly for a short ways until you see a tree on the north side of the wide wash.
  • Leave the trail here and proceed northerly until you gain the wash on the north side of the wide wash. Follow this wash until you are just south-southwest of the saddle.
  • Head up toward the saddle.
  • At the saddle proceed north (left) until you encounter ducks.
  • Follow a well-ducked use trail northerly, contouring around the east side of some rocky terrain.
  • Follow the ducks, scrambling over or around rocky outcrops to the summit.
  • The southernmost summit is the high point.

This peak can be combined with Heald Peak. See Route 2 for Heald Peak.

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

Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 12-September-2008
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