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04C

Eagle Rest Peak

6005'

Location: Kern County, about 12 miles west-northwest of Frazier Park, 80 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
USGS Topo:
Route 1 - Eagle Rest Peak 7½, Sawmill Mountain 7½
Route 2 - Eagle Rest Peak 7½, Cuddy Valley 7½, Pleito Hills 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Antimony Peak

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ROUTE 1

Distance: 11 miles round trip on a poor road and cross-country
Gain: 3700' total, 2300' out plus 1400' on return
Time: 8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, strenuous, summit block is easy class 3
Navigation: Difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: John Backus, July 1982

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Go north on I-5 to the Frazier Park exit. Exit the freeway and turn left onto Frazier Mountain Park Road.
  • Go west 12.2 miles to the junction with Mil Potrero Road. (The road changes name to Cuddy Valley Road at 7 miles.) Turn right (left goes to Mt. Pinos).
  • Go west 4.5 miles to Nesthorn Way on the right (north). Turn right.
  • Drive about 500' to the end of the paved cul-de-sac on Nesthorn Way.
  • Exit the cul-de-sac on the right side on a dirt road (unnamed) and continue about 500' to a locked gate on the dirt road. Park here (4850'). Do not park on Nesthorn Way and do not block the locked gate. Permission is not required to hike down the road beyond the locked gate at this time.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area, hike down the road about 1.4 miles along the west fork of San Emigdio Creek, passing a sign "Wind Wolves Preserve", to the junction with the east fork of San Emigdio Creek. The final portion of this road is washed out and should be bypassed on the left (northwest) slopes of the creek.
  • Turn left (north) down the main canyon of San Emigdio Creek and continue to follow the road, where possible, down canyon to a gate with a sign "Private Property - KCL Co".
  • Pass the gate and follow the faint roadbed northerly down San Emigdio Creek. The roadbed is much overgrown and is washed out in many places. Where it disappears, stay on the right side of the streambed. Continue down the road for about 2.3 miles to where the canyon widens out into a sagebrush-dotted meadow (3520'+). Across this meadow a grassy ridge comes down from the northeast with a faint use trail going up it.
  • Follow the faint use trail up the ridge, eventually passing through a Pinyon pine grove (5500') and then ascend the steep grassy slope north toward the sandstone cliffs. An occasionally ducked route leads up through the cliffs just above the trees.
  • The summit is reached immediately after ascending a ramp that passes the final large buttress on its right side.

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ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 11 miles round trip on old road and cross-country through heavy brush
Gain: 5300' total, 2400' out plus 2900' on return (includes gain and loss over Antimony Peak)
Time: 8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, very strenuous, summit block is easy class 3
Navigation: Difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: John Backus, July 1982

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the summit of Antimony Peak, follow the north-northwest ridge keeping to the right of the small bump just west of the summit of Antimony. The route from this point onward can be extremely brushy.
  • Follow the ridge down to saddle 5520'+, then over major bump 6000'+, down to another saddle 5037' and then north up the ridge to about 5400'.
  • From here go west to pick up Route 1 at about 5600', which proceeds as follows:
  • An occasionally ducked route leads up through the cliffs. The summit is reached immediately after ascending a ramp that passes the final large buttress on its right side.

ALTERNATE ROUTE

Eagle Rest Peak and Antimony Peak can be combined into one hike by combining Route 1 for Antimony Peak with Route 1 and 2 for Eagle Rest Peak. The hike would go out to Antimony Peak via Antimony Route 1, continue to Eagle Rest Peak via Eagle Rest Route 2 and return to the vehicles via Eagle Rest Route 1. This will involve a car shuttle on 6 miles paved road and on 4.5 miles dirt road between the trailheads.


ROUTE 3

This route withdrawn due to access complications.


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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 23-December-2010
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