U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Bakersfield Field Office|
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail:
The Erskine Fire is burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County. Highway 178 is now open, however, some roads off of Highway 178 remain closed. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Jawbone Canyon Road to Walker Pass Campground/ Highway 178. Learn more about the Erskine Fire on InciWeb.
This segment of the PCT is about 75 miles east of Bakersfield, and is about 25 miles west of Ridgecrest.
The trail north of Walker Pass provides great views; first west to the Kern River Valley and then east into the desert. During the spring and summer you will find a variety of wildflowers.
Length of the trail
The BLM Owens Peak Segment of the PCT is about 41 miles long.
Zigzagging its way from Mexico to Canada, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1968. The BLM manages 180-miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, primarily in the south half of the state. This trail boasts some of the greatest elevation changes in the National Scenic Trail System and is poular with thousands of hiker and equestrian users. Whether you visit for a few hours or for a few days, you'll surely find a uniquely Californian scene that will rejuvenate, inspire, and surprise you.
The Owens Peak Segment begins at Walker Pass in Kern County, and extends 41 miles north to the Sequoia National Forest at Rockhouse Basin within the Domelands Wilderness. Elevations range from 5,245 feet at Walker Pass to 7,900 feet on Bear Mountain. The trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Each year volunteers from the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Hiking Society work on maintaining the Owens Peak Segment of the PCT. Contact these organizations or your local trail group for other opportunities to volunteer for other trail maintenance projects. The Kern Valley Hiking Club also has a work day in early May on their adopted segment of the trail.
Please report trail conditions on this segment to the Bakersfield Field Office.
Many trailheads, but the prime staging areas are at Walker Pass and Chimney Creek Campground.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No special permits or fees are required for the Owens Peak segment of the trail. A California campfire permit is required if you intend to have a campfire. Permits are available from BLM, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and California Department of Forestry offices. The trail is for hiking, backpacking and equestrian use only -- no bicycles or motorized vehicles are permitted. Maximum group size is 15 with no more than 25 head of stock. Pets are allowed.
Camping and Lodging
Food and Supplies
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