Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 35.38350°N / 117.9328°W
Additional Information GPX File: Download GPX » View Route on Map
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Spring, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 3425 ft / 1044 m
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Rank: Peak 3425 ft is California’s 6685th highest ranked peak Prominence: 525 ft Peak 3425 ft is an obscure desert peak in California’s Red Rock Canyon State Park near the town of Ridgecrest. The reason I climbed this mountain was because I was able to reach its summit by hiking through the scenic Nightmare Canyon. From the upper ends of the canyon, I went up the slopes to reach the summit. For the return route, I came down a different path into another branch of the canyon. There were no trails but the terrain was easy to hike (see map). The summit of the peak provided me with good views of the surrounding deserts and mountains.

Getting There

This is the directions to the starting point for the hike into Nightmare Canyon and Peak 3425 ft. From the junctions of Route 14 and 395 near Ridgecrest, California, drive about 26 miles south on Route 14 going past Ricardo Campground on the right (west). Look for the large parking area at Red Cliffs Natural Area on the left (east).

Route via Nightmare Canyon

Starting Point Elevation: 2420 ft Loop hike as shown on map: 9.5 miles Please see the attached Nightmare Canyon Route page. These pictures were taken at the north end of the canyon where I headed east up the slopes toward Peak 3425 ft.
Upper parts of Nightmare Canyon
After leaving Nightmare Canyon
Upper parts of Nightmare Canyon
Views from the summit.
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftBlack Mtn, Red Buttes, N/NE
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftOwens Peak, N
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftLooking NW
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftLooking W/SW
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftLooking SW
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftKoehn Dry Lake, S/SE
From the summit of Peak 3425 ftFreemont Valley, E

Red Tape

No fees or permits needed.

When to Climb

Winter is the best time to climb. Summer can get dangerously hot.



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