Peak 7581 ft., (2311 meters), Inyo County, California
Highest point in the Coso Range, BLM Wilderness Area
|Looking west at Peak 7581 which is just north of the Naval Weapons Center boundary. The route follows this faint road across a drainage then up to the base of the peak. It is steep going up the slopes to the summit.|
above map shows the hiking track to the high point of the wilderness
area which is an unnamed summit at 7581 ft. The map has a one-kilometer
UTM grid using NAD27 datum in zone 11. Getting to the trailhead
requires some rough off-road driving. I think this starting point may
be the closest one can get to the peak.
Driving Directions: The dirt road you want is on highway 190 about 28 miles east of Lone Pine or about 25 miles from Olancha. If heading east on 190 turn south (right) just before the Saline Valley Road on your left. Reset your odometer and follow BLM route SE75.
0.0 at highway 190
1.5 go right around a corral.
2.6 go straight at a crossroad and stay on SE75.
4.3 stay right at a Coso Wilderness sign. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance is advised from here.
4.7 go left at a junction onto route SE19.
6.6 Trailhead. Stop here since there is a bad rock-filled section ahead. Motorcycles could continue since the wilderness area is to the right of the road.
Hiking Route: Go south on the road in the canyon which after about a mile opens into Upper Centennial Flat. Continue west on the road along the fence line and cross a canyon then up to the base of the peak. The slope is steep going up to a plateau with pines and junipers. The highest point is an easily climbed boulder about 10 ft. high. The route is 6 miles round-trip with a gain of about 1700 ft. The hike took about 2 1/4 hours up and 1 3/4 hours for the return. 9/16 RLC A GPX track file for the route shown is available: Peak7581.gpx