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Cannel Point


Cannel Point, a former HPS peak, is located in Kern County, about 5 miles northeast of Kernville, 210 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the Sequoia National Forest. Cannel Point was added to the HPS Peak List in 1971 and removed from the List in 2008 due to the long drive to get there. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS had two current documented routes to the peak. Route 1 was 2 miles cross country, 900' gain, to an interesting Class 2 summit block. Route 2 was a strenuous 24 mile round trip hike, 5500' gain, using the Cannel Meadows Recreational Trail to get to the vicinity the peak, then on up to that interesting summit block. Earlier peak guides (see below) document a route from Fay Ranch Road that was removed due to concerns about crossing private property.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1973, 1987 and Microsoft Word version from 2003.

Dave Comerzan on Cannel Point
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • This peak is currently not included on the HPS List.
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: there are lots of places along this long drive where you might encounter gate, and as the peak is no longer on our List, we don't hear much about what's happening in the back of beyond up there. Usually the gates are open in summer, but to be sure, contact the Kernville Office of the Kern River Ranger District, 760-376-3781.
  • Status of State Route 155 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone D-8 shall open on the fourth Saturday in September and extend for 30 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Sequoia National Forest Incidents (usually fires) from InciWeb
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required in Sequoia National Forest.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Cannel Point
  • 5 November 1978 - Vern Frederickson, First List Completion #60
  • 5 November 1978 - Maureen Cates, 200 Peaks Bar #418
  • 20 September 1981 - Robin Ives, 100 Peaks Emblem #603
  • 16 June 1984 - Luella Martin Fickle, First List Completion #91
  • 16 June 1984 - Jack Trager, First List Completion #92
  • 3 October 1987 - Dan Skaglund, 100 Peaks Emblem #759
  • 1 June 1991 - Leslie Metcalfe, 200 Peaks Bar #284
  • 27 June 1998 - David Reneric, 100 Peaks Emblem #979
  • 15 May 2007 - Ron Zappen, Fifth List Completion #10
  • 23 June 2007 - Ginny Heringer, First List Completion #265
  • 21 September 2008 - George Wysup, Second Leadership List Completion #3

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