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Lightner Peak


Lightner Peak is located in Kern County, 6 miles southwest of Bodfish/Lake Isabella, 195 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the Sequoia National Forest. Lightner Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1970. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has two current documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 4 miles round trip with a total of 1600' of gain, and follows a pleasantly forested ridgeline to the summit. Route 2 is 10 miles round trip, 4500' gain, and follows the Remington Ridge Trail from near the Kern River until near the peak, then cross-country to the summit.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1972, 1992, 1998 (Route 1), 1998 (Route 2), and Microsoft Word version from 2001.

Lightner from the south
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: the gate at the start of Breckenridge Road (28S06) is usually closed in the winter. If in doubt, check with the Kern River Ranger District office in Lake Isabella, 760-379-5646.
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone D-9 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 Lightner Peak
  • 25 May 1976 - Milda Endzins, 200 Peaks Bar #114
  • 5 February 1984 - Martin S. Feather, 200 Peaks Bar #190
  • 8 June 1986 - Jack Trager, 100 Peaks Pathfinder Emblem #9
  • 22 October 1991 - Wilma Wheeler, 200 Peaks Bar #288
  • 11 November 1992 - C. P. "Bob" Manning, 200 Peaks Bar #301
  • 13 August 1997 - Maura Raffensperger, 200 Peaks Bar #347
  • 26 December 2005 - Sara Danta, 100 Peaks Emblem #1078

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