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Nicolls Peak


Nicolls Peak is located in Kern County, about 3 miles south of the town of Weldon, 175 miles from Los Angeles. It is on BLM land, just north of the Sequoia National Forest. Nicolls Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1966. 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 3 miles round trip with a total of 2000' of gain, almost entirely cross country and steep, before scrambling up some easy Class 2 rock to the summit. Many have found the greatest challenge to be simply finding the trailhead.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1974, 1992, 1995, 2001, and Microsoft Word version from 2002.

Heald (left) and Nicolls (right)
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: There are no gates, but the approach to the trailhead is on Bureau of Land Management roads that pass through a residential area. Follow the BLM signs (if any) and respect the residents past whose homes you will pass. If in doubt, check with the Bakersfield Field Office.
  • Status of State Route 178 from Caltrans
  • 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 by the BLM.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Nicolls Peak
  • 7 April 1984 - Jon H. Lutz, 200 Peaks Bar #219
  • 5 July 1992 - Frank Dobos, Third List Completion #7
  • 24 October 2000 - Ronald R. Zappen, Second List Completion #37
  • 9 November 2000 - Robert A. Young, First List Completion #220
  • 23 October 2010 - Christine Soskins, 200 Peaks Bar #454

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