Tehachapi Mountain Trail

MODERATE 163 reviews
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Tehachapi Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tehachapi, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

hiking
6 days ago

10 days ago

My first “moderate” rated hike with AllTrails. First 2/3 of trail was pretty gradual incline. As a newbie, I took it at a bit of a slow pace but I definitely was painfully surprised by the last .88. It was a fight, but worthwhile trail to finish for me. If you’re looking for inclines and feeling really in the woods, this a solid trail for the area.

hiking
20 days ago

The last .88 miles is no joke! Not too much snow at the top small patches. Make sure you stay left on the way down otherwise you’ll go into private property.

hiking
25 days ago

couldn't make it to the top because of the snow but other than that I'll definitely come back

26 days ago

Really good trail. Easy to follow track with only a little bit of snow near the top.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike! If you enjoy hiking through the snow then I would definitely suggest this trail for this time of year. Beautiful scenery and light snow was falling down through the whole hike. Definitely one I would do again.

1 month ago

Got some snow in So.Cal. had to get up there. Harder than I thought but all n all a great trail, great day.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was awesome! I was a bit hesitant to do it as it’s much shorter than we usually try and hike but it’s a climb, especially the last .88 miles. We love to climb and the last bit was surprisingly tough, definitely not what we would consider moderate. The trail was busy and many folks didn’t know which way to go. Follow the road to the right. When you reach the top there is a sign to the peak which is a straight climb for .88 miles. Brought the hammock and enjoyed the views from the top. Will do again!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail this time of year. I hiked this is late January, and had to deal with snow 1-2 inches thick at the most to make it to the top. Beware that the trail gets steep once you get to the part beyond the main road. That portion of the hike is difficult, and may require a bit of scrambling. But the views are great, and the trail is not heavily frequented in the winter.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful but challenging if your out of shape. Couldn’t make it all the way. Wouldn’t call it moderate. Stopped at a nice spot with a homemade shack though and still enjoyed wonderful views. Definitely try again

hiking
3 months ago

Good views, nice hike with my dogs

4 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail. Tall trees all around and great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail system with various options. I️ stayed on main service road, wide and fairly level minimal potholes. Enjoyed the changing views!

5 months ago

Great workout with pretty sweet views. Not sure how some people lost the trail on the way down? Unless there is snow, the trail is easy to follow both ways.

hiking
5 months ago

great hike, last mile is the part you will be sweating on but shade and breeze makes it bearable. the view and the relative solitude of such an accessible trail make it very satisfying.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this today. It was awesome. Beautiful views and lots of shade. The last part of the hike definitely has a pretty good grade to it. Some trekking poles would help.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike. Pretty steep at the end. Lots of shade.

hiking
6 months ago

This trails views were awesome. Although the last section of the trail is quite steep and will test your endurance and conditioning. Definitely worth the trek.

hiking
7 months ago

nice challenge trail for begginers

7 months ago

Went with my husband, 2 children (ages 6&7) and father.
Made it about 3/4 of the way before my pregnant butt tired out too much to make it to the end.
Absolutely beautiful hike, lots of trees to help provide shade and my kids really enjoyed the hike as well which was surprising (no complaining).
Pretty steep, thought it was more of a flat trail but enjoyed the challenge. Will definitely be going again with all the kiddos once the baby is born :) hopefully we'll make it all the way to the top !

trail running
8 months ago

My wife and I had come here to go trail running/hiking on Sunday July 30, 2017. The last .88 miles is SUPER steep. We were about 1/4 the way up that last bit and my wife had a seizure. I managed to catch her head when she fell back and her CamelBak padder her back, so she didn't get injured. It was pretty precarious trying to keep her from falling farther down the hill and dealing with post-ictal behavior.

There was a gentleman nearby who was running towards us to assist. I yelled to him to not run up to us. My wife has a history of epilepsy, and I didn't want this man to get his adrenaline pumping running up to us only to have us not really need help. I didn't mean to sound rude or ungrateful to the man, but I'm sure I did.

If he ever reads this, I hope he knows we do appreciate his willingness to help strangers. I've just dealt with this kind of thing enough that when a person there who may not be trained or accustomed to witnessing these types of events, they tend freak out a bit. In hindsight I shouldn't have sounded so blunt towards him. Regardless, I'm thankful for his willingness to help strangers.

After she finished seizing and started to come to, I was able to carry her back down to the main trail where it was flat. After she finished coming to we were able to walk the 2 miles back to the car. I had hoped we would run into the gentleman on the way down to say thank you, but we did not.

Regarding the trail itself, though.... it's beautiful, and pretty steep for running. You'll definitely get a workout.

hiking
8 months ago

Three of us went on this hike. I give it only 2

8 months ago

It's a climb. as stated before it gets even steeper toward the peak. the trail extending past the peak ends with a private property sign, but with the incredible views at the peak it's worth just stopping there and heading down. I would say it's borderline"hard" with the steep incline.

9 months ago

Fun hike. Stared at 8.30 am and most the way up to the top was shaded. The last 0.9 miles were extremely steep - steepest I've ever hiked. Made it to the top by 9:35 am and my legs were jelly. Views from the top were just so so due to all the trees. The way down was much sunnier...I'm glad I got there early.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

This is not a moderate hike. Once you get to the peak it's great. Just watch out for the owner, because you are trespassing.

11 months ago

Good steep trail but highly trafficked. I was lucky to go on a weekday and was about the only person on the trail. The top was cloaked in clouds and freezing fog. Ice chunks falling off the trees, and 40 mph gusts made the last 0.5 mile a little tricky. No view today because of the clouds but it made for a nice afternoon hike. The route to the top is a little confusing but if you stay on top of the ridge you will be fine. A few more signs would be helpful.

11 months ago

We love to go hiking here! The views are too die for, so peaceful and beautiful. Our two German/husky mix pups also love it up there. Totally recommend it!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike but I can't emphasize enough how important it is to understand how easy it is to get lost while going down the .88 incline from the summit! It happened to me and I got extremely lost and disoriented very quickly. TAKE EXTREME CAUTION!!!!

hiking
11 months ago

I do this trail at least every couple months. The first 4 miles or so are nice, but the last 0.88 miles (very steep) is pretty tough. Although I got my 60 year old mother up there (though to be fair, she is a hiker), so no excuses! I will say the very BEST time to do this trail is close to winter time when it gets some snow. VERY few people get very far on this trail in the snow, and when you're doing the last ultra-steep leg you'll be up to your thighs in snow. You could literally take a snowboard to the top and 'board down. And it will be pristine. The snow will be clean and untouched because you are probably the only one who made it that far. Truly gorgeous at the top. You can see for many miles in all directions. Word of caution though: BE CAREFUL going down that you don't get lost. Follow your tracks if it's in snow. Also, the weather can change in an instant and it gets very cold up there. Bring warm clothes and sufficient water and calories.

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