Category Archives: Kern County

Antimony and Eagle Rest Peaks, San Emigdio Mountains

Antimony Peak I strive to not waste the time of readers with unnecessary, empty words and pointless rambling. I have never had much interest in writing “trip reports” or “trail reports.” I have done that, I suppose, but it is … Continue reading


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Native American Rock Art (Kern County)

This rock art panel painted on granite sits in a shallow canyon along the foothills of a mountain range on the edge of California’s Mojave Desert. More art adorns the underside of a natural shelter formed by the boulders, but … Continue reading

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Indian Wells Canyon, Southern Sierra

A view of the ridgeline running down from Owens Peak, which was named by Major General John C. Fremont after Richard Owens, a captain who served in his California Battalion during the Mexican-American War. During the war Fremont captured the … Continue reading

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Burro Schmidt Tunnel and Shanty (1906-1930s)

The entrance into the Burro Schmidt Tunnel. “What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it; what cozening, hidden lord and master, and cruel, remorseless emperor commands me; that against all natural lovings and longings, I so keep pushing, … Continue reading

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San Emigdio Canyon, Wind Wolves Preserve

The mouth of San Emigdio Canyon, as seen from the sweeping floor of the San Joaquin Valley, resembles a portal affording a peek into the Transverse Ranges. The San Emigdio Mountains abut the valley floor forming a massive rampart, the … Continue reading

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