Cerro Noroeste

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Cerro Noroeste
Cerro Noroeste is located in California
Cerro Noroeste
Cerro Noroeste
Location in California
Cerro Noroeste is located in the US
Cerro Noroeste
Cerro Noroeste
Cerro Noroeste (the US)
Highest point
Elevation8283 ft (2525+ m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence680 ft (207 m) [2]
ListingHundred Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates34°49′51″N 119°12′12″W / 34.8308108°N 119.2034437°W / 34.8308108; -119.2034437Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 119°12′12″W / 34.8308108°N 119.2034437°W / 34.8308108; -119.2034437[3]
TranslationNorthwest Mountain (Spanish)
LocationKern County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSan Emigdio Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Sawmill Mountain
Easiest routeRoad

Cerro Noroeste is a mountain located in Southern California's Kern County, a mile north of the Ventura County border. It is located a few miles southwest of the community of Pine Mountain Club, at an elevation of 8283 feet (2525+ m). The mountain is located in the Los Padres National Forest. It is surrounded by the Chumash Wilderness to the south and west, though the peak itself is not actually within the wilderness (since it is approached by a paved, public-access roadway).

The name Cerro Noroeste means 'northwest mountain'. It was formerly known as Mount Abel in honor of former Kern County supervisor Stanley Abel.[4]

The summit can be reached by taking Cerro Noroeste Road, Forest Route 9N27. The road is closed every winter after the first or second snow. It usually is reopened in May though there can still be substantial snow from heavy winters. Located near the summit are Campo Alto campground[5] and a radio tower.


  1. ^ "Cerro Noroeste". Hundred Peaks Section List. Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  2. ^ a b "Cerro Noroeste, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  3. ^ "Cerro Noroeste". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin; Bright, William (2004). California Place Names (4th ed.). University of California Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.
  5. ^ "Campo Alto Campground, California". Public Lands Information Center. Retrieved 2009-12-19.