Hike Sunday Peak (8,295′)

Bag the tallest peak of the Greenhorn Mountains at 8,295 ft. and enjoy dizzying mountain views, tucked away in the Sequoia National Forest.

Overview: 3.4 miles, 1100 feet elevation gain

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This short and easy summit is located just outside of Kernville, California. To get there, follow Highway 178 towards Kernville and turn left on Highway 155 towards Wofford Heights. After a long, steep incline you’ll reach the top of Greenhorn Summit, marked by large parking areas on either side. Turn right onto 24S15 (Forest Road 90) and you’ll see a sign for a number of trailheads – including Sunday Peak. Follow this dirt road for 6 miles to the Sunday Peak Trailhead.

This is a nice, wide, friendly road for any type of passenger vehicle (no 4×4 or high-clearance required). The parking area is large enough to accommodate half a dozen cars, so don’t stop early if the trail isn’t obvious. A trail marker shows you the way up a steep start to your route.

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In Fall 2016 a huge forest fire burned this whole area, leaving a bunch of fallen trees and ash in its wake. The trail was in pretty bad shape when I visited and relatively difficult to follow – probably a combination of fire damage and wet conditions. Use your best judgment and carry a compass or follow landmarks for navigation.

At mile 1.3 there will be a faint fork in the road you’ll want to stay left on to continue up to Sunday Peak. You’ll traverse the lower portion of Bohna Peak as you keep left to reach your destination. Adding on Bohna Peak summit will be quick, easy, and add relatively little time or distance to your overall hike.

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From the top of Sunday Peak (8,295 ft.), you’ll have an incredible 360-panorama of the Greenhorn Mountain Range, Sequoia National Forest, and beyond. Soak up the views and snap a few pictures before you head back down.

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