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Black Mountain #5


Location: Kern County, about 5 miles north of Wofford Heights, 175 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club Kern County
Forest Service Sequoia National Forest
USGS Topos Kernville 7½, Tobias Peak 7½, Alta Sierra 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
  Viewable JPG file - Approximately 800K
  GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
  Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Split Mountain, Bohna Peak, Sunday Peak, Cannel Point

Printable version of this route


Distance: 3 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 2-2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Navigation: Intermediate

Original: Cliff Black, October 1972


  • From Sylmar rideshare point go north on I-5 to SR 99.
  • Go north 24.5 miles on SR 99 to SR 58.
  • Go east 7.1 miles on SR 58 to Weedpatch Highway (SR 184).
  • Go 4.3 miles north on SR 184 to SR 178. Please note: SR 184 goes right (east) at a stop sign 1.7 miles from SR 58.
  • Go 33.5 miles east on SR 178 to the intersection of SR 178 and SR 155. This road is scenic as it follows the Kern River, but is very winding.
  • Alternatively, you can reach the intersection of SR 178 and SR 155 from Walker Pass (please refer to your AAA map). This route is about 20 miles longer from Sylmar, but the road is not as winding and those traveling from the east might find it shorter.
  • From the intersection of SR 178 and SR 155 in the town of Lake Isabella, go north on SR 155 for 7.0 miles to where SR 155 turns left in the town of Wofford Heights. Turn left.
  • Go uphill on SR 155 for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. This is the turnoff for Bohna Peak. Turn right onto 24S15 (dirt). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.2 miles, a fork to the right. Turn right on 25S16.
  • At 2.8 miles, a fork at a saddle. This is Black mountain Saddle. Park here.


  • From Black Mountain Saddle (6234'), hike east up a track until it soon disappears.
  • Continue directly east uphill until you get to the ridge that descends the north side of the peak.
  • Turn right (south) and continue up the ridge to several rock piles near the summit. The peak is the southernmost rock pile.


Black Mountain #5 can be combined with Split Mountain as a loop trip. Use the route given here for Black Mountain #5 and Route 2 for Split Mountain. Return via Route 1 for Split Mountain.


The drive from Sylmar is about 2.5 hours.

Many groups climb all of the peaks in the area in a two day trip. They usually do Bohna and Sunday the first day, and Split and Black the second day.

There are many good car camping spots (e.g. Black Mountain Saddle) and motels in Wofford Heights and Kernville.

Learn more about Black Mountain #5.

Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.

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