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Mount Konocti

Mount Konocti

Mount Konocti

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.97456°N / 122.76604°W

Object Title: Mount Konocti

Elevation: 4299 ft / 1310 m


Page By: Bubba Suess, Noondueler

Created/Edited: Feb 4, 2002 / Mar 14, 2016

Object ID: 150835

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Page Score: 87.76%  - 25 Votes 

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North from Mt. Konocti
North over Clear Lake from Wright Peak
Mount Konocti is a majestic landmark in Lake County, CA that can be seen from almost any point along the Clear Lake shoreline. The name for the enormous mountain that over-looks Clear Lake comes from the Pomo words “Knoktai” taken from “Kno” for mountain and “hatai” for woman, according to historical account. Mount Konocti is a dormant volcano that sits at an elevation of 4,299 feet. Mount Konocti is a multiple volcano. Geologist estimate that the first and mayor eruptions occurred approximately 350,000 years ago, and evidence suggests the most recent volcano activity took place within the last thousand years. However geologist have concluded that much but not all of the volcano has become extinct. The remaining portions of Konocti from which activity could occur are dormant. Konocti is next to a beautiful lake called Clear Lake which is one of the largest most prolific freshwater lakes in the country, Clear Lake is a natural phenomenon born some 2.5 million years ago. Clear Lake is probably the oldest lake in North America since most lakes this old would be natural grasslands instead.

Getting There

South from Wright Peak
South from Wright Peak
From just off Hwy. 29 on the south side of Clear Lake take the Kelseyville exit Main Street. Go north .35 of a mile. Turn right on Konocti Road 1 mile until it turns into a dirt road. Continue up the mountain 2 miles to the lower parking lot. Another parking lot is located 400 ft. up the road.

Route Description to Wright Peak and others

Mount Konocti
From Clear Lake
Destination mileage to peaks and locations along the well marked trail to the summit of Mt. Konocti
Sign at the trail head
Fire road to Wright Peak low on  Mt. Konocti
Fire road trail up Mt. Konocti
I could write in a trail description but the one in this link gives a very detailed version with everything you need to know.
There are other sub peaks with clearly marked signs at the trailhead giving mileage and directions. Safe to say it's a fairly boring route up a long switchback fire road until the last turn to Howard and Wright Peak where the view opens to the south.
It is 6 miles round trip and 1,650' gain to Wright Peak.

Red Tape

Mt. Konocti red tape sign
This sign gives you the red tape info. Click to enlarge.


Mount Konocti!
Mt. Konocti from Clear Lake

Clear Lake State Park offers a nearby camping option.

Mount Konocti Weather Conditions

Clear Lake sunset2!
Clear Lake sunset
For current weather and 5 day forecast click here.

Conditions are mostly pretty good in the daytime, that’s if you can handle a little cold/wind. It is pretty cold and windy or both in the evenings year-round. So be very prepared for any type of weather on the mountain!




Other Surrounding Mountains/Activities

Sunstreams on Mt. Konocti
Sunstreams on Mt. Konocti
Mt. Konocti from Hogback Ridge
Mt. Konocti from Hogback Ridge to the northwest
Mt. Konocti from Bottle Rock Road to the southwest.

(Click on the (((Info.))) links to get more information)

Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa -> (((Info.)))

Hiking, bird watching, horseback ridding, and
hunting -> (((Info.)))

Hang gliding-> (((Info.))) 707-275-2361

Sailing/boating-> (((Info.))) & (((More Info.)))

Sport fishing-> (((Info.)))

Wineries-> (((Info.))) & (((More Info.)))

Casinos-> (((Info.))) & (((More Info.)))

Golfing, cycling, and any other information go to LakeCounty.com.

State Park reservations 1-800-444-PARK


Black Butte - 7,448 ft <-Glenn County!

Mt Saint Helena East - 4,343+ ft <-Napa County!

Cobb Mtn west slope - 4,480+ ft <-Sonoma County!

Cobb Mountain - 4,706 ft <-Lake County!

Snow Mountain West - 7,056 ft <-Lake County!

Snow Mountain East - 7,040+ ft<-Colusa County!

Anthony Peak - 6,954 ft <-Medocino County!

Little Blue Peak - 3,120+ ft <-Yolo County

Click the links for mountain information: (((Snow Mountain East))) & (((Cobb Mountain)))

External Links

Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti
Mt. Konocti from High Valley Ridge northeast side of Clear Lake

Additions and Corrections

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BrownsideUntitled Comment

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Clear Lake, California's largest natural fresh water lake is at an elevation of 1,326 feet with 43, 785 surface acres, and depths up to 60 feet. The average depth is 28 feet; average lake temperature is 61°. Fishing season is 365 days year; fish species include black bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill.




December 48°

March 53°

June 66°

August 75°
Posted Feb 5, 2002 5:52 am
JohnUntitled Comment


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Mount Konocti has 5 main peaks (heights from California Coastal Peak List):
  • Wright Peak - 4299'
  • Howard Peak - 4286'
  • South Peak - 4050'
  • Buckingham Peak - 3967'
  • Clark Peak - 2850'
Posted Mar 19, 2002 5:02 pm
mpbroUntitled Comment


Voted 10/10

The website to Snow Mountain Camp seems to have nothing to do with the Snow Mountain north of Clear Lake. Snow Mountain Camp is in Nevada City, east of Sacramento.
Posted Mar 23, 2002 11:10 pm
mpbroUntitled Comment


Voted 10/10

NOAA Station.

Area Map
Posted Jul 12, 2002 9:26 am
D2New contacts for climbing

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I think new people have acquired the land at the top of Mt. Konocti since this was written. The new contact is at www.topofkonoti.com or call 707-245-7322. Hope to do this soon and I'll post about what the "guided" trip up is like. Apparently you can't just hike up on your own.
Posted Oct 27, 2008 3:15 pm
Jesus MalverdeMount Konocti Summit Access

Jesus Malverde

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In September 2011 Lake County opened its newest (and largest) county park: Mt. Konocti County Park.

There is now public access to Mt. Konocti's summit via a 3-4 mile trail.



pdf brochure link:

Posted Dec 11, 2011 2:01 pm
DayHiker2011Re: Mount Konocti Summit Access

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On the way up while on a group hike a few years ago, we passed what appeared to be a recent plane crash. The plane was smallish of the Piper variety (or Cessna). The colors were still well seen as was the tail marking. One of the group was a private pilot and we took note of the crash which was alongside of the public trail.

Once home, we simply did a google search for the tail number.

Turned out, that crash wasn't recent at all. It happened (as I recall) back in the late 1970s when a pilot & friend took off from Santa Rosa enroute to the north of the state. The weather was sketchy and the pilot was NOT instrument certified. He thus was attempting to fly just below the cloud cover. As such, he crashed directly into the mountain. Both he and his passenger were killed on impact.

The plane was simply partially dismantled, the engine retrieved, and the remainder left there. Yes, the "park" staff just left it. No use in cleaning up a public space. Why bother?
Posted Apr 2, 2016 12:26 pm


Voted 10/10

All summitpost pages are appreciated but this one needs an update. This is now a Lake County Park and public access is allowed so that needs to be fixed. More route info could be given although it is very straight-forward. Also, the driving directions talk about Fairway Drive but Konocti Road is the correct name of the access road. Googling Mt. Konocti and use the links in the previous 2011 comment for more info.

Edit 2016: Page has been updated and so has my vote. Thanks!
Posted Jun 23, 2013 8:04 pm
Bubba SuessRe: Konocti

Bubba Suess

Voted 10/10

I know this one needs updating. It has been on my to do list for a while. I needed a kick in the butt on this one.
Posted Jun 23, 2013 8:44 pm
DayHiker2011Re: Konocti

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I hiked that public trail with a group about 2012.
Posted Apr 2, 2016 12:27 pm
NoonduelerJust a note


Voted 10/10

Happy Thanksgiving Bubba! Just correction a note. The word which in the overview is spelled witch a few times.

I'm up in Lake County thinking about climbing Konocti if I have time.

Posted Nov 28, 2013 1:14 pm
Bubba SuessRe: Just a note

Bubba Suess

Voted 10/10

Thanks Windsor. Not all of the content on this page is mine and I need to cut out that which I did not write. The page needs a major update too, reflecting the change in land ownership and the opportunity to hike the mountain. I have not been down to the Bay Area as much as I used to...
Posted Nov 28, 2013 1:31 pm
NoonduelerRe: Just a note


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I just hiked to the top (Wright Peak) today and got some good shots plus a scoop on the hike, red tape etc.. It's a fairly popular hike from about half way up the mountain on the Kelseyville side. It's Konocti County Park now. I was going to put it up as a route on the mountain page. If you want we could split ownership and I could add what i got or I could just do the route page and you are welcome to take anything from it to add to the mountain page.
Posted Nov 29, 2013 1:00 am
Bubba SuessRe: Just a note

Bubba Suess

Voted 10/10

I just gave you the page. Have fun with it!
Posted Nov 29, 2013 11:31 am
NoonduelerRe: Just a note


Voted 10/10

Ok! Thanks Bubba. I'll bring it to speed.
Posted Nov 29, 2013 12:46 pm
Bubba SuessRe: Just a note

Bubba Suess

Voted 10/10

I never added this to the page, but I always meant to include a note that there is camping available at the foot of Mount Konocti at Clear Lake State Park:


Thanks for improving the page!
Posted Nov 30, 2013 12:29 am
NoonduelerRe: Just a note


Voted 10/10

Thanks again Bubba, I put the link in the camping section.
Posted Nov 30, 2013 1:42 am
DayHiker2011Re: Just a note

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Mosquitos. But, hey, whats a little blood donation for the opportunity?
Posted Apr 2, 2016 12:29 pm
Klenkedead link


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the link to the map in the route description section is dead or no longer useful.
Posted Dec 25, 2017 5:18 pm

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Mt. Konocti from the eastSunset over Clear LakeBig skies over Clear LakeMt. Konocti over Clear LakeWest to Howard Peak from Wright Peak volcanic summit rocksMt. Konocti  from Clear LakeMt. Konocti from Bald Mtn.
Mount KonoctiDescending Hogback Ridge, late afternoonOn Borax Ridge above Clear LakeSunset over Mt. Konocti from Clear LakeMt. Konocti from an orchardSunstreams on Mt. KonoctiClear Lake and Mt. Konocti
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