Tehachapi Mountain Trail

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Tehachapi Mountain Park

Tehachapi Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily 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, nature trips, and bird watching 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: 1,994 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

snow

Last quarter-mile up to the actual peak on private property.

hiking
off trail
2 days ago

Just a random walk.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

hiking
bugs
private property
10 days ago

hiking
bugs
private property
scramble
10 days ago

The fire road up isn’t bad and very moderate however the last 1 mile to the “peak” isn’t fun. And after all the hard work of getting to the peak - it’s not worth it. No views - some boulders - but that’s about it.

hiking
11 days ago

I started this hike at 8am and two cars were at the trail head already. The majority is an easy upward grade along a fire road until the last mile-ish. Despite being a fire road it is actually quite pretty and enjoyable, it is more of a extra wide trail than it feels of being a road. I can confirm that the last mile-ish is an ass kicker. There were good conditions the entire hike however for this stretch it was considerably windy and cold along this portion of the trail. Unfortunately the top is kind of anti climactic with no survey marker or anything to designate itself and the private property seems to extend higher than the end of the trail. However it does have a bit of a view and provides a nice area to take a relaxing sit and enjoy the sound of wind in the trees with plenty of room for some privacy. I hit the top at 9:20, and coming down I passed about 5 groups of people. Depending on your interest in having the trail to yourself or not, earlier rather than later seems ideal.

Didn't push through because I was going solo. There are bear sightings. Will come back when I'm more prepared.

hiking
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Awesome trail. Steep incline with switchbacks until you get to the last .88 of a mile. To get to the peak is a straight incline, was pretty difficult. Most of the view is not obscured by trees, but you get glimpses on the way up. Highly recommend walking poles or sticks.

hiking
muddy
private property
snow
3 months ago

Fire road was the 'trail' most of the way was muddy in many spots. The last few hundred yards were very steep and straight up the final ridge, not switch backs which would make the trail more doable. Snow and fallen trees increased difficulty. The actual peak was fenced and inaccessible. Disappointing litter was seen here and there. I picked up what I saw and threw them away. Respect nature people!

icy
muddy
3 months ago

Enjoyed this trail today. I can't wait to do it again when it's less muddy and sloshy. It has great views and great incline. Beautiful place.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely loved it!!

hiking
4 months ago

It’s my home trail so I definitely love it, In terms of gaining elevation over a short period of time for training for other peaks this is an outstanding place to train. My preferred spot to snowshoe/climb in the winter when the road is legally open.

good fire road at the beginning and a steep last climb for about 700ft

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful spot. Steep trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike provides a steady uphill experience and some nice views along the way. I was a little disappointed that there’s not much of a view from the top but there are enough glimpses on the way to make it worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Recently graded, so it’s dusty. Nice hike with some moderately steep parts and a few good views from the switchbacks.

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained trail which in some places overlaps a logging road. Lots of wildlife to see including rare species like Sulphur Buckwheat. Gets steeper as you get further up the trail. Nice views when you get closer to the summit!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
scramble
9 months ago

Great early day hike this time of year. Was quite warm by the time we descended. Wonderful breezes throughout the hike and shady spots on trail helped. Make sure to carry h2o with you!!! Trail was quite dusty with lots of loose ankle twisting rocks to dodge due to the recent work of clearing the blow downs and knock downs from this past winter. And everyone’s reviews are correct the last .88 is a workout!! Even the initial 1.5 was strenuous. The views at different switchbacks are excellent as well. Our snack spot overlooked Tehachapi and it’s valley. Lots of flys buzz bombing us, they seemed to enjoy the anti bug spray we applied before we headed up. The trail is 85% uphill with a few level spots at the switchbacks. Pace yourself for the end. It’s worth it.

hiking
private property
9 months ago

hiking
private property
scramble
9 months ago

Starts out fairly easy, but the last mile is steep and the dirt is very loose. Well worth it if you get to the top though! The last 1/4 mile or so is labeled private property but I didn’t see anyone up there policing the trail.

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