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Russell Peak


Russell Peak is located in Kern County, about 45 miles north of Mojave, 140 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the Owens Peak Wilderness. The peak was named by HPS in 1999 for Bill T. Russell (1921-97), an active leader and member of both HPS and Angeles Chapter. 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 6 miles round trip with a total of 2700' of gain. It starts near Walker Pass and follows a dirt road to the nose of a ridge, then ascends the ridge to the rocky summit.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 2000, and Microsoft Word version from 2002.

Russell from dirt road approach
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: there are no gates.
  • Status of State Route 178 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 Russell Peak
  • 24 February 2002 - Sandy Sperling Lara, 200 Peaks Bar #382
  • 8 June 2003 - Shane Smith, 200 Peaks Bar #399
  • 16 January 2010 - Amin Faraday, 100 Peaks Emblem #1119
  • 10 March 2013 - May Tan, 100 Peaks Emblem #1141

Links of Interest

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