Ascent of Bodfish Peak on 1996-05-12

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 12, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bodfish Peak
    Elevation:6038 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak and the nearby town are named for George Homer Bodfish, a native of Massachusetts, who came to California via Arizona in about 1867. (Hanna, p. 36) There was also a Orlando Bodfish whose death in nearby Havilah was reported in the San Francisco "Alta California", June 27, 1868. (Gudde, p.33) Whether or not these two were related is unknown.

The mountain is located in the Green Horn Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. No permits are needed in the area except for campfires. The Green Horn Ranger District office is at: 15701Hwy. 178, Box 6129, Bakersfield, CA. 93386-6129 Tele.: (805) 871-2223

To reach the mountain from the town of Bodfish south of Lake Isabella, take the Caliente-Bodfish Road which climbs steadily in a series of switchbacks to a pass at about 2.8 miles. At the pass turn left (E) onto the dirt Piute Mountain Road. This is a good, but narrow dirt road which climbs up the mountain. Follow this road for about 7 miles to the saddle at the 7 milepost marker at Studebaker Flat. Go east another 0.2 miles to a pullout on a curve on the left (N) side of the road. UTM here is: 368670E, 3933420N (NAD27). The sumiit which is lower than the road is not visible from here. Start the hike heading west over a berm by the road and up a slope. Then turn north and follow an overgrown firebreak NNE toward point 6308 ft. shown on the map. From here the summit block out on the ridge is visible on a bearing of about 338 degrees. Turn NW for about 0.3 miles and then north to the higher ground on the end of the ridge. The summit block looks third of possibly fourth class and can best be climbed taking advantage of a slanted rock on the south side. The route is 1 mile with an elevation loss of about 300 ft. to the peak. The hike takes about 1 hour each way. 5/96 RLC
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