Sierra Club Logo

Kern-Kaweah Chapter

Owens Peak Group

P.O. Box 1569
Ridgecrest, CA 93556

Executive Committee

Chair & Treasurer: Dennis Burge
Vice Chair: Steve Smith
Secretary: need one
Conservation Chair - need one
Outings: Dennis Burge
At Large: Paul Colter, Donna Leech, Stan Haye

Web Count Stats
Web Stats

Meetings: are held monthly usually on 4th Mondays , 7:30 the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA. and are open to all. Call Dennis (760) 375-7967


"All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver."

Apr 19 (Sat) APRIL FLOWER HIKE (First hot-spot - max elev. 5900ft, elev. gain 600 ft, 1.75 mi RT; Second hot-spot - max elev. 6000 ft, elev. gain, 1000 ft, 2.5 mi RT) Two nice hot-spots with fields of coreopsis, poppies, and many other varieties. Great wildflower photo opportunities, with fine views of the Southern Sierra Crest and Indian Wells Canyon country. This will be an easy hike. Meet Sat, Apr 19, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.

May 17 (Sat) SMITH MOUNTAIN (Located between Smith and Albanita Mdws, just S of Monache Mdw on the Kern Plateau; 9533 ft elevation, 1000 ft elevation gain, 3 mi RT) This relatively sizable, isolated peak offers one of the best views of the N end of the Kern Plateau. Sporting an easy Class 3 move to reach the ascending ledge route, the otherwise easy climb offers a nice step to remember it by. From the top, the 360 degree panorama reaches from Whitney on the N, Olancha on the E, Sirretta Peak and Church Dome on the S, to Sherman on the W. There is even an optional rock tower viewpoint on the way down to climb for fun. For altitude conditioning, this is an easy hike for distance and elevation gained. Meet Sat, May 17, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.

June 21 (Sat) OLANCHA PASS (Located just W of Sage Flat, SW of Olancha; Olancha Pass, 9220 ft max elevation, 3400 ft elev. gain, 9.6 mi RT) We offer a trail workout to Olancha Pass. Optionally, the PCT N of Olancha Pass to Summit and Bear Trap Mdws can be explored for a bit more exercise. The trail to Olancha Pass is a well used eastern lateral to the PCT and a part of the eastern approach to Olancha Peak. Sage Flat at the trailhead has been flush with lupine in the past, and there are notable hot-spots of wildflowers on the sandy slopes through which the trail passes below Olancha Pass. This tough conditioning hike will be good preparation for our summer adventures. The Hike to Olancha Pass is strenuous due to distance and altitude gained. Meet Sat, June 21, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.

BLM is always looking for volunteers to help with various projects - contact Marty Dickes for more info. Marty won a very prestegious award from BLM for her work with volunteers and special projects! Yeah! (760)384-5444:

To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line

Back issues here too. Get ALL the news!!

Local and regional environmental Links

Giant Sequoia National Monument Planning Process - VERY important that you pay attention to what's going on!! Monument Management Plan has been released.
see at

Owens Valley Committee keeping an eye on the Lower Owens River rewatering project and what's going on at the Lake. ***!!! December 6, 2006, WATER PUT INTO THE OWENS RIVER. !! The river is recovering nicely! Go visit it at any one of the bridge crossings.

Mono Lake Committee Links page - an incredible resource of links to birds, government stuff, everything about the lake, etc. etc.

Ridgecrest area BLM has some issues going right now. Check news.

Active Fire Maps - wanna see what burned this calendar year? Or where active fires are now in CA and NV. A most interesting map!! Takes a while to download.

Inyo National Forest page with lots of great info about the attractions nearby, planning documents, etc. Also place to comment about the proposed Roadless Areas in National Forests, Inyo wants to get into logging now too. Forest Planning is ongoing now.

Sequoia National Forest contact points, etc; Just started revision of the 1988 Forest Management Plan. See their web page to get in on this

Region 5 USFS You can get a whole bunch of info here, find out about Giant Sequoia National Monument, see what other issues are being worked on right now.

California State Parks Who knows what the budget will do to our Parks...

National Parks ; revised front pages not much good - click on "in depth" button to get to the original pages with lots of info.

Death Valley National Park official web page and link to The Morning Report (road conditions)

Death Valley Tourist Info lots of info, numbers, etc. which is not on the official DV page; done by Janet W.

Mojave National Preserve , lots of useful stuff on our lovely park. Kelso Depot is OPEN as a Visitor Center- drop by to see this most elegant building in action. Lunch counter is now serving too. Great displays.

1. Meet the new Sierra Club President

2. Sierra Club 101, the long-awaited primer for new volunteers

3. A new Board of Directors list

4. An updated volunteer leaders directory

6. New schedules for the Sierra Club Training Academy

and the Sierra Student Coalition summer trainings

7. New talking points on forest fires and the horrendous energy bill.

8. New stories, art for chapter and group newsletters.


To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page, and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line and links to local issue items

Sierra Club, California Chapters

The Sierra Club Home Page

Owens Peak Webmistress
Janet Westbrook

Updated 11/13