Greenhorn Mountains

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This article is about the mountain range in California. For the mountain range in Oregon, see Greenhorn Mountains (Oregon).
Greenhorn Mountains
Kern River in Kern Canyon, northeast of Bakersfield
Highest point
Elevation 2,523 m (8,278 ft)
Greenhorn Mountains is located in California
Greenhorn Mountains
Location of Greenhorn Mountains in California [1]
Country United States
State California
District Tulare County, Kern County
Range coordinates 35°51′00″N 118°34′21″W / 35.85°N 118.5726°W / 35.85; -118.5726Coordinates: 35°51′00″N 118°34′21″W / 35.85°N 118.5726°W / 35.85; -118.5726
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.[2]


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.[3]


  1. ^ "Greenhorn Mountains". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover and Douglas E. Kyle. 2002
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009