Kern River in Kern Canyon, northeast of Bakersfield
|Elevation||2,523 m (8,278 ft)|
|District||Tulare County, Kern County|
|Topo map||USGS Tobias Peak|
The Greenhorn Mountains are located northeast of Bakersfield, California and west of Lake Isabella in the United States. The range, at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada, reaches an elevation of 8,295 feet (2,528 m) at Sunday Peak, just south of Portuguese Pass.
The Kern Canyon, a dramatic and deep canyon cut by the Kern River, cuts a path through the Greenhorn Mountains that is also used by State Route 178. During the Gold Strike of 1854 miners crossing the Greenhorn Mountains founded the town of Keyesville.
The Greenhorn Mountains contain a variety of flora and fauna. One wildflower found here is the Yellow Mariposa Lily, Calochortus luteus, which plant is at the extreme southern end of its range in the Greenhorn Mountains.
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow Mariposa Lily: Calochortus luteus, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
- Mildred Brooke Hoover and Douglas E. Kyle. 2002. Historic spots in California, p. 131, 661 pages
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