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Chuckwalla Mountain


Chuckwalla Mountain is located in Kern County, about 16 miles north-northeast of Mojave, 110 miles from Los Angeles. It located on BLM land next to Jawbone Canyon. Chuckwalla Mountain 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 three documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 4 miles round trip with 1400' of gain, and ascends via a steep motorbike track, and old road, and a use trail to the summit. The drive to the trailhead can be a bit of a challenge. Route 2 is more difficult: 8 miles round trip, and 3100' total gain and includes road, interesting cross country, and the inevitable (so near to Jawbone Canyon) motorbike track. Route 3 is a challenging 5 miles round trip, 4200' gain, through remote canyons and along remote ridges with spectacular views, before encountering a dirtbike track for the final approach.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1973, 1992, 1996, and 2001 Microsoft Word version.

Chuckwalla summit
Photo by Mars Bonfire

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: This road is usually open all the winter, though could be muddy if there's been recent weather. If in doubt, check with the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office.
  • 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.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the BLM.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Chuckwalla Mountain
  • 17 December 1987 - Nancy A. Keating, 100 Peaks Emblem #768
  • 10 November 1990 - Mitchell Helbrecth, 100 Peaks Emblem #841
  • 13 February 2005 - Tom Connery, 100 Peaks Pathfinder Emblem #54
  • 17 March 2007 - Wynne Benti, First List Completion #264

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