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). For the mountain in Colorado, see Greenhorn Mountain.
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 Kern County, Tulare 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 a mountain range of the Southern of the Sierra Nevada, California. They are protected within the Sequoia National Forest.


The range is located in eastern Kern County and Tulare County. They are east of the San Joaquin Valley, northeast of Bakersfield, and west of Lake Isabella reservoir.

The range reaches an elevation of 8,295 feet (2,528 m) at Sunday Peak, located just south of Portuguese Pass.

The lower Kern Canyon, a dramatic and deep canyon cut by the Kern River, cuts a path through the Greenhorn Mountains. It is 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 native flora and fauna. One wildflower found here is the yellow mariposa lily, Calochortus luteus, which is the extreme southern end of its distribution range.[3] The marsh checkerbloom (Sidalcea ranunculacea) is endemic to the range and adjacent Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Greenhorn Mountains slender salamander (Batrachoseps altasierrae) is endemic to the Greenhorn Mountains. [4]


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