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Wright Peak Summit Trail

A steady 3+ mile upward hike to stunning views from the highest peak on Mount Konocti, elevation 4,299 feet.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  A steady 1,649-ft. climb along a winding dirt road through open brush, past mature orchards, under towering oak forests to reveal... more »

Tips:  During winter, while weather might be fine at lake level, winter storms can bring snow and ice. Though the trail contains long... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Lower Parking Lot

From downtown Kelseyville, turn onto Konocti Road and
drive for three miles, past the park entrance sign until you come to the upper and lower parking lots.

2. Upper Parking Lot with restrooms

3. Locked Gate

After leaving the upper parking lot, you will
come to a locked gate - skirt this to begin your hike.

4. Trail Entrance at Orchard.

A flat dirt road takes you toward the trail head at a
walnut orchard. Turn onto the trail.

Please note, at this point, the actual road travels through private property. The trail is an easement around the property and continued usage is subject to hikers staying on the trail route.

5. View of Clark Peak

As you travel along the trail, Clark Peak looms into view. Clark Peak - elevation 2,850 feet - is one of five main peaks on Mount Konocti.

6. Return to main road

Scramble up a steep hill which reconnects to the
dirt road - you have now circumvented the private property. Continue for 1.2 miles. Occasional
clearings in the brush offer peek-a-boo views of Clear
Lake and the ridge line.

7. Fork in the road.

At 1.6 miles, you come to a fork in the road -
the left heads off to Buckingham Peak, elevation 3,952 feet, and the cell towers. This would be an additional route for a 4.7 mile round trip hike.

Take the right hand road on your trek to Wright Peak. You are now at 3,489 ft. elevation.

8. Canyon Oak Forest

Soon you will enter a deep forest filled with towering canyon oaks, some believed to be more than 500 years old. Nicknamed ‘maul oaks’ for their use as axe handles, one can marvel at how they thrive in an area seemingly devoid of water. Relax, sit in the shade, and listen to birds singing.

9. Mary Downen cabin turn-off

In the middle of the oak forest, turn right down a
shady dirt road

10. Mary Downen's cabin

Ahead you will see remains of the first homesteader’s cabin, built by pioneering woman Mary Downen.

In the spring of 1903, Mary Downen of Lakeport began a quest for a quiet and remote place to live. Fiercely independent, she took a horseback ride to the top of Mount Konocti with her son-in-law, Euvelle Howard, and fell in love with the... More

11. Ancient Maul Oak

Head down the path through the orchard. A short
side-trip will take you to one of the oldest and
largest ‘maul oaks.’

12. Mary Downen's Walnut Orchard

Continue into the walnut orchard for glimpses of Lakeport and the west shoreline of Clear Lake. At this location, each sunny day at 2 p.m., Mary Downen would flash a mirror, signaling her health to her family in Lakeport.

Retrace your steps to the cabin.

13. Euvelle Howard's Gravesite

Euvelle Howard ultimately moved to Mount Konocti and planted the orchards at the edge of the cabin. Howard Peak is named after his family. Upon his death in 1942, his life-long request was honored, and his remains were buried about 200 yards up the hill, where the words “Euvelle Howard 1867-1942” are chiseled into a large boulder.

14. Road to Howard Peak

Back at the main road, turn right - you are at 3,775
ft. elevation. Continue the upward climb another 0.5
miles until you reach a fork. A half-mile detour
will take you to the top of Howard Peak, elevation
4,286 ft.

15. Howard Peak

Beautiful views of Big Valley, south toward Cobb Mountain, Lakeport, and the North shoreline abound from Howard Peak, but the last 200 feet are only for the surefooted - the road is steep and slippery.

16. Wright Peak

Continue up the main road, past large rock outcroppings
for your last 0.25 miles. From the early 1900s, residents began describing strange findings in caves near the top. Items dropped into deep shafts - possibly created by molten lava - were found floating in the lake. Though some locals believe huge catacombs exist within, only small caves have ... More