I took this photo of the trailhead 31E60 on June 6th, 2008.
Peel Peak is located on the Greenhorn Summit in the Kern River Valley. Access to the trailhead is located just Northwest of Portuguese Pass. After following the driving directions below you will be at the signed trail 31E60.
You follow the trail down, and West for 1 mile where you will notice a large clearing on your left through the trees as you go, and the trail will lead to a logging road which you take briefly. The road will start to lead down, and South of your ridge so you will want to stay on the ridge taking a WNW route. If you miss the ridge then you will see it to the North from the logging road so just climb North and back up the ridge. If you went WNW at the top of the ridge then continue for .3 miles to the summit. There are a number of false peaks, but the summit is the last bump on the Western end of the ridge. It is 2.6 miles round trip to Peel Peak with an elevation gain of approximately 900 feet.
I took this photo on June 6th, 2008 on trail 31E60 near the trailhead.
I took this photo on June 6th, 2008 on the ridge leading to Peel Peak within .2 miles of the summit. The entire area is covered with dense trees.
From Wofford Heights take SR 155, 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit.
~I-5 North to Bakersfield, exit 178 east. Go to Lake Isabella and exit on SR155, follow signs to Wofford Heights.
~From Ridgecrest, Hwy 14 to 178 west, follow signs to Kernville, then go west on 155 to Wofford Heights.
~From 99 southbound, take 155 east to Greenhorn Summit, turn left on 24S15.
~It is also possible to take Rancheria Road from Highway 178 in Rio Bravo near Bakersfield though it is a dirt road for much of the way.
Take the dirt road FSR 24S15 North past the sand shed for 15-20 minutes to the where it dead-ends into a paved road 23S16, and turn left. Drive .2 miles around a big curve and park when you pass the clearing on your left. You will what's left of the 31E60 sign there, and this is the trailhead.
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This is not a wilderness area, so permits are not required.
Greenhorn Ranger District
4875 Ponderosa Drive
P.O. Box 3810
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Tule River Ranger District
32588 Highway 190
Springville, CA 93265
Evans Flat, Alder Creek, Rancheria Rd., Panorama, Frog Meadow, & Cedar Creek.
Camping & other lodging is also available in nearby Lake Isabella, Kernville, and Wofford Heights.
I recommend the Panorama campground for this one due to it's proximity to the trailhead.
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Seasons & Conditions
Season: The normal route via road 21S15 is closed during winter, so access is normally limited to May through October.