Wright Peak Summit Trail

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Wright Peak Summit Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kelseyville, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,968 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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A steady 1,649-ft. climb along a winding dirt road through open brush, past mature orchards, under towering oak forests to reveal stunning views from Wright Peak, elevation 4,299 feet at the top of Mount Konocti. Views of Mt. St. Helena, the remote Snow Mountain Region, and - on a clear day - the Sutter Buttes and Mount Lassen from the Cal Fire Tower during docent led tours. Highlights include: - Historic cabin site - Ancient maul oaks - Distant mountain vistas - Panoramic lake views - Volcanic peaks - Apple and walnut orchards Please note: No fires or smoking are allowed on Mount Konocti.

hiking
1 month ago

I went on a smokey day, but it was still fantastic. The volunteer at the CalFire station was really cool to talk with about the station and his experience. Great info-plaques about the history and area on the way to the top and there was even clean bathrooms on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views. Very steep hike. Make sure you have tons of water. One bathroom at the parking lot, two on the trail. Lots of shady spots. We went during a 92 degree day and found with sunscreen and all the rest spots and shady areas it was quite pleasant.

hiking
3 months ago

All fire road. Apart from that nice workout and great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and great exercise. Fun for the whole family! Pack a picnic!

6 months ago

Across from the plane, if you make your way through the bushes there is a large rock with the best northern views on Wright Peak. From there, you can see all of Clear Lake. The view of the lake is mostly blocked by trees from the lookout tower area.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, all up then all down. Healthy incline to give you a workout. all fire road.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hiked to Buckingham Peak last week. Beautiful views on the way up and great exercise. The views at Buckingham Peak aren't that great, they are blocked on most sides by brush, and the cell tower installation ruins the ambiance. I haven't done the Wrights Peak hike yet, but I would choose that next time over Buckingham. There were lots of flies in the shady parts of this trail, so consider wearing bug spray.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

This is a moderate-difficult trail but the view along the trail is spectacular. The volunteers for fire lookout at the top of the Wight summit peak are very friendly and allowed us to check out their station. I do agree that doing the hike in the morning is probably better since we did out hike close to noon. However, the breeze was helpful and shady oak trees along the way.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Well marked path, the most beautiful views and a great challenge!! I loved the Downen Cabin, and the plane crash up at the top was a surprise. Trail is mostly exposed so go in the morning. Dog friendly

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Start early this time of year!! It is 3 miles up and the. 3 miles down...a work out both ways! But the view from the top is amazing. Was definitely worth it. Trail is pretty much a county dirt road so easy to follow.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great views from the top! Nice gain in elevation. There's a three mile drive on the dirt road to get to the parking lot. Several bathrooms on the trail. Wide, easy to see paths.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

steep incline but worth the view

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great view from the top. The trails are carved out by vehicles run by CalFire so they're quite wide and it almost doesn't feel like a hiking path. Limited switchbacks so the incline at certain locations was a nice challenge. All in all a fun half day hike.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great views from top. Steady incline.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Out of the 3 peaks Konocti has to offer, I'd have to say this is my least favorite view. I'm sure if you can get access to the tower, it's much nicer. Don't get me wrong, it's still very lovely and worth the venture. You see parts of Clear Lake, but mainly you see the Rivera and the surrounding mountains ranges including the Buttes and Mnt. St. Helena. The hike leading up to Wright Peak after leaving the fork/second restroom is my favorite part of any of the hikes; it's much more wooded with Oak and Pine and not so much tick brush, informational markers, a cabin, and plane crash site. Once at the top, there are lots of rock formations to climb and explore and a few picnic benches to enjoy a snack. After the large rain fall we received in February, parts of the road are rutted. However, a regular ol' sedan can still easily make it up to the parking lot. The restroom always seem to be clean when I go and it's also a dog friendly trail. There are also several benches along the road for you to stop and enjoy partial veiws of the lake and surrounding agricultural properties, so a set of binoculars would be nice. It's about 85-90% exposed to the sun, so prepare accordingly. DO NOT bypass the orchard part of the trail in the beginning and try to walk up the road, the homeowners and their dogs will be extremely upset with you!

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Good half-day hike through some forested areas and orchards. View from the top is great. Lookout tower was not open when I went up.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Beautiful location! The trail is smooth but constantly ascending, so it requires some exertion. My husband and I consider it to be a strenuous moderate hike. No technicality involved. We're 50-something and hiked up in under 2 hrs (with a snack break at the halfway point); we descended in about an hour. A wonderful day!
p.s. we brought our pup along and she wasn't the only one on the trail.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

I found the walk itself to be leisurely, albeit consistently uphill. With a slow pace and good health it is not difficult to tackle. The view from the top is absolutely stunning and there is a lot of obsidian laying around on the trail. We also saw a good amount of wildlife.

Friday, September 23, 2016

After a long drive up a dirt and gravel road, you reach the parking lot with a well maintained restroom. Then you take the hiking path that leads several hundred feet through private property, but the area you are allowed on is well marked to ensure hikers remain in the designated area.
Overall difficulty of the hike is moderate with a few more challenging parts, comparable to the RLS trail up to St. Helena.
Views are decent. I've seen better and I've seen worse. The highlight is the view of the lake.
Took me about an hour and 15 to get to the summit, which included a few stops along the way to read the informational signs. Jogged down in about 35 minutes.
Not my absolute favorite, but a pretty good hike. I would do it again.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Grandest view around the lake. It says no dogs, but most people bring them anyway. Which is OK with me. I love dogs. Trips at different times of the year will offer different things to be admired.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

The incline can get tough, but the trail is well maintained and very easy going. Shades spots along the whole trail make it easy for frequent breaks. Great hike!

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Moderate cool shady and beautiful.

trail running
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great trail, but would not say hard. Hiked up slowly in 1:07 and ran back down in 33 minutes. Loved the little bit of history that you learn from the informational boards. Definitely taking my kids up here.

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Solid, enjoyable hike with great views! Well marked and maintained, but we wish dogs were allowed :-(

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Amazing hike with breathtaking views! It is a bit steep the majority of the way up but definitely worth it!

hiking
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It was an awesome hike with a beautiful view! Easy to follow the fire road all the way up and not a terrible climb getting to the top of wright. Although it was a little cloudy, it was neat hiking through the canyon oak grove portion when it was filled with fog. Cool history throughout the trail and well marked. Got a little chilly at the top, but the hike to the top took us about 1 1/2 hours, 3 hours total.

hiking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Great little trail. About 3-4 hours round tip. Did this the day after a winter storm blew through.
Easy drive up the dirt road to the parking area (shouldn't be an issue unless you've lowered your car).
Trail is an almost unrelenting (yet only moderate) incline on a wide fire road.
Everything on the top half of the trail was beautiful frosted with ice/snow. Awesome views of Clear Lake from the summit, though the wind at the top makes for intense windchill.

hiking
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Good trail

hiking
Friday, August 28, 2015

awesome trail, wish i lived in the area. well marked. great veiw, worth the climb.

hiking
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Best trail ever!

Went there on a Monday around 10am and got down at 5pm. There's shade on the side of the paved trail for you don't have to always be in sun.

The elevation gets tough and the air get a bit thin but I stayed in the summit for a while so you'll get use to it.

Make sure to have grip in your shoes when going down. I slid a lot. Tiny rocks are very slicky.

People are nice around there. Passed 4 people and they all smiled and said hello.

The summit was my favorite part. Don't stay on the tables. Go out onto the rocks. You'll get hit by some branches but it'll be worth the view. Nice to rock balance as well *stack stack stack

I'd do it every month if I lived around here.

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