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02H

Sorrell Peak

7704'

Location: Kern County, about 18 miles southeast of Lake Isabella, 160 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topo: Claraville 7½
HPS: Not yet available

Nearby Peaks: Bald Eagle Peak, Piute Lookout, Weldon Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 3/4 mile round trip cross-country
Gain: 400'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy, class 2 near summit
Navigation: Easy

Original: Cliff Black, October 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Lake Isabella approach)

  • From the intersection of SR 178 and SR 155 in the town of Lake Isabella, drive south a short distance to Lake Isabella Boulevard. Turn right.
  • Continue to a fork with the Caliente-Bodfish Road (about 3.0 miles from SR 178). Turn left.
  • Continue about 2.7 miles on the Caliente-Bodfish Road to a fork (dirt) on the left. Turn left. This is the Saddle Springs Road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 5.7 miles, a wide area in the road. This is the parking area for Bald Eagle Peak.
  • At 10.6 miles, turnoff for the Saddle Springs Campground, keep straight.
  • At 15.2 miles, a fork, keep to the left.
  • At 17.0 miles, fork to the left. This is the turnoff for Piute Lookout. Keep straight.
  • At 20.4 miles, fork with the French Meadow Road, keep right.
  • At 22.5 miles, fork with Jawbone Canyon Road on the right, keep straight.
  • At 23.7 miles, a fork, keep to the right.
  • At 24.7 miles, sign reading "Sorrell Peak 4 miles" with a road joining from the right (east). Turn right. Reset your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.4 mile, a fork, keep to the right.
  • Keep on the main road ignoring any forks until you get to a small parking area (7300') at 4.1 miles on the right. Park here.

(Mojave approach)

  • From Mojave, go north on SR 14 for 19.5 miles to Jawbone Canyon Road on the left. Turn left, note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 6.2 miles, fork. This is the parking area for Cross Mountain. Turn right.
  • At 14.7 miles, saddle. This is the parking area for Butterbredt Peak.
  • At 17.9 miles, a fork, keep to the right.
  • At 18.2 miles, fork. Turn right on the Kelso Valley Road.
  • At 26.3 miles, fork with Piute Mountain Road on the left, turn left.
  • At 33.6 miles, sign reading "Sorrell Peak 4 miles" with a road joining from the left (east). Turn left and reset your odometer.
  • At 0.4 mile, a fork, keep to the right.
  • Keep on the main road ignoring any forks until you get to a small parking area (7300') at 4.1 miles on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • The rocky summit is visible from here through the trees to the east.
  • Hike up the slope heading for the ridge just to the left of the peak.
  • Turn right and head up to the peak keeping to the left of the rocks. The register will be on the first prominent high point.

ALTERNATE ROUTE

Drive about 0.2 mile further (south) along the road. Hike up the slope heading for the ridge just to the right of the peak. Turn left and head up to the peak keeping to the right of the rocks.


NOTES

The dirt roads are seasonal.

Saddle Springs Campground has water but no other facilities.

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


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 30-December-2005
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