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Red Mountain


Red Mountain is located in Kern County, about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest, near the town of Red Mountain, 135 miles from Los Angeles. It is an extinct volcano, located on BLM land. Red Mountain was added to the HPS Peak List in 1977. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has two documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 4 miles round trip with a total of 1600' gain, and follows an old jeep road, a dirt bike track, some easy cross country and a use trail from the penultimate bump. Route 2 is much more cross-country, 3 ½ miles and 1500' gain. While there is dirt road driving to reach the trailheads, it is brief and one could park on pavement and walk in instead.

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

Twilight Ascent of Red
Photo by Mars Bonfire

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, which may be impassable in bad weather. If in doubt, check with the Ridgecrest Field Office. Or just park on pavement and hike in: that adds about 1 ½ mile total to the hike.
  • Status of U.S. Route 395 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone D-17 shall open on the second Saturday in October and extend for 23 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 Red Mountain
  • 8 April 2000 - Elaine Baldwin, 100 Peaks Emblem #1011
  • 8 April 2000 - David Baldwin, 100 Peaks Emblem #1012
  • 11 December 2005 - Marlen Mertz, 200 Peaks Bar #423
  • 1 December 2007 - Sherry Ross, 200 Peaks Bar #435
  • 9 January 2010 - Mary Jo Dungfelder, 200 Peaks Bar #450

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