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Cold Spring Mountain

Cold Spring Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.09762°N / 122.48921°W

Object Title: Cold Spring Mountain

County: Lake

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3587 ft / 1093 m


Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2015 / Dec 7, 2015

Object ID: 928267

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Central Valley panorama from Cold Springs Mtn.
Central Valley pan from Cold Spring Mtn.
Cold Spring Mountain is the high point on the Walker Ridge that rises above Indian Valley Reservoir. The Walker Ridge Road (passable to all cars) takes you on an open viewed ride gaining elevation out of Cache Creek Wilderness. The views from the top of of Cold Spring are outstanding. On this clear January day i was there the Sutter Buttes and the Sierra were clear and the valley was covered with ground fog. There are fine views of the high peaks of the Mendocino National Forest over Indian Valley Reservoir to the west and north as well as Konocti and the Mayacamas Mountains to the southwest.

Getting There

Summit area of Cold Spring Mtn.
summit area
Cold Spring Mountain from the south
Cold Spring Mtn. from Walker Ridge Road
From the junction of Hwy. 20 and 53 take 20 17 miles to Walker Ridge Road.
From Williams take 20 18 miles to the junction with Hwy 16. Continue right on 20 6.6 miles to Walker Ridge Road.
Take Walker Ridge Road 5.4 miles to a junction. Left goes down to Indian Valley Reservoir. Go right and continue on Walker Ridge Road another 3 miles to the top of Cold Springs Mountain.


Trail on Cold Spring Mountain
Trail on Cold Spring Mtn.
The route is pretty much the drive. It gets a little bumpy for about a mile along the way before the top. You can get out and explore the large open summit area. There is a small trail adjacent to the road the offers enjoyable views out over the reservoir and the mountains beyond.

Red Tape

Sutter Buttes from Cold Spring mtn.
Sutter Buttes from Cold Spring Mtn.
I saw no posted restrictions.
Click on this link for Indian Valley/Walker Ridge Bureau of Land Management for more info on land use.

When to Drive

Mt. Konocti from Cold Spring Mtn.
Mt. Konocti from Cold Spring Mtn.
When the road is open. It could easily be snowed in in winter. Could be washouts as well.
Call this number for current road info: 530 662 0265


Goat Mtn. Snow Mtn. and St John Mtn. from Cold Spring mountain
Goat, Snow and St John Mtn. from Cold Spring Mtn.

Click this link for camping info and scroll down a bit..

Current weather and forecast

Sutter Buttes from Cold Spring Mtn.
Click here for the current and 10 day forecast for Williams


Sutter Buttes from Cold Spring Mtn.Central Valley panorama from Cold Springs Mtn.Mt. Konocti from Walker RidgeSutter Buttes and the SierraNortheast from Waterplant RidgeShasta from Cold Spring Mtn.Southwest from Cold Spring Mountain
Sutter Buttes from Cold Spring Mtn.Cold Spring Mtn. from Seigler  SpringsCold Spring Mountain from above Clearlake HighlandsSutter Buttes from Cold Spring MountainCold Spring Mtn. from the southwestMt. Konocti from Cold Spring Mtn.View northeast from Cobb Mtn.
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