Backus Peak

Backus Peak Summit
Backus Peak Summit


Backus Peak
Backus Peak

I admit, I LOVE to climb desert mountains like Backus Peak in the winter. The climbs are usually challenging, fun, off-trail, snow free, and remote. A great combo. Backus Peak is in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains just off SR 178. With a map and a little route finding this peak can be bagged in about 4 to 6 hours. A good resource for climbing Backus is Route 1 information from the Sierra Club 100 Peaks Section Peak List. Standing atop this peak I spotted other interesting mountains that must be climbed on another day. 🙂

Climbing Backus Peak

TRIP DATE: March 12, 2012
LENGTH About 7 miles round trip
Go west on SR 178 2.4 miles to a dirt road on the north side of the highway. There is a call box numbered 178-858 on the south side of the highway. Drive on the dirt road to the parking area at the Owens Peak Wilderness Boundary sign.
Easy route finding once you have located the peak, cross-country, moderate class 1-2 climbing
Fall, winter, and spring
Hike the dirt road north about 1 mile, leave the road and hike northeast crossing 2 gullies, turn northwest to reach the ridge, then hike up to the northern most bump. On the return trip we took the main gully down all the way.
The summit register features ongoing discussions about the official naming of Backus Peak.




  1. I haven’t stopped by recently and I had a lot to catch up on! I’m simply a day hiker (always with my dog), and six miles is about my limit, but I hope to keep increasing the miles and hours I spend hiking. I love your photos and have been gleaning some great gear ideas from your adventures. Thank you and happy hiking.

    • I just love talkin’ gear. So great some of my ramblings are helpful. Six miles with a dog is a lot. It makes it a pleasant day… not a marathon. Keep it up. Thank you for your kind words. Happy hiking to you!

    • Hey Natalie! Congrats on graduating and starting a whole new life. If your group would like trail angeling when passing through Tehachapi shoot me an email…rides, errands, or a place to stay whatever you need. You will soon be passing through miles of terrain just like this. It is beautiful.

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