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Five Fingers


Five Fingers (also known as Aquila Peak) is located in Kern County, about 7 miles northwest of Inyokern, 153 miles from Los Angeles. It lies just within the Owens Peak Wilderness. Five Fingers or Aquila Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1973. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has one current documented route to the peak. Route 1 is 2 miles round trip with a total of 1600' of gain, and is a steep slog up a loose slope to the summit formation, followed by some easy class 3 rock to attain the summit. With 4WD, you can instead do a tight right about ¼ mile past the flume, followed by a quick left onto a sandy 4WD road, and park in the saddle near bump 4475', then follow a use trail west about ½ mile to join the documented route, with about 1000' less gain.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1973, 1992, and Microsoft Word version from 2003.

Five Fingers from Indian Wells Canyon
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: there are no gates. The road in Indian Wells Canyon is dirt and subject to weather-related damage. Information on the status of the road might be available from the Ridgecrest Field Office, Bureau of Land Management.
  • Status of State Route 14 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone X-10 shall open on the last Saturday in September and extend for 16 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the Bureau of Land Management.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Five Fingers
  • 15 October 1988 - Bill Lien, 100 Peaks Emblem #806
  • 12 October 1991 - George Schroedter, 200 Peaks Bar #287
  • 17 October 1992 - Asher Waxman, First List Completion #174
  • 31 August 1993 - Rob Langsdorf, 100 Peaks Emblem #936
  • 18 June 2006 - Ted Lubeshkoff, 100 Peaks Emblem #1083
  • 7 October 2006 - Tina Bowman, Second List Completion #48
  • 2 October 2010 - Ted Lubeshkoff, 200 Peaks Leadership Emblem #25
  • 2 October 2010 - Bill Simpson, 100 Peaks Explorer Emblem #7
  • 23 November 2013 - Tanya Roton Kelliher, First List Completion #297
  • 23 November 2013 - Mat Kelliher, First List Completion #298
  • 23 November 2013 - Bruce Craig, 200 Peaks Leadership Emblem

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