Sierra Pelona Mountains


The Sierra Pelona Mountains, also known as the Sierra Pelona Ridge, is a mountain range located in the northwest region of Los Angeles County and the southern region of Kern County. The San Gabriel Mountains are to the southeast, the Santa Clarita Valley is to the south, and the Antelope Valley is to the north. The Sierra Pelona Mountains was home to the Tatviam People for thousands of years before the area was claimed and occupied by Spain and later by Mexico.


Soledad Pass

Soledad Pass is a mountain pass in northern Los Angeles County between the Sierra Pelona Mountains to the northwest and the San Gabriel Mountains to the southeast. It provides a route between the Santa Clara River Watershed and the Antelope Valley. The elevation of the pass is 3,209 feet. Soledad Pass is east of Acton, south of Palmdale, and north and west of the Angeles National Forest.


Green Valley

Green Valley is a rural, residential census-designated place in the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County with a population estimated at 1,200. While named “Green Valley”, the community has an elevation of 2,936 feet.


Burnt Peak

Burnt Peak is the highest peak in the Sierra Pelona Mountains reaching an elevation of 5,791 feet. The mountain is within the Angeles National Forest and northern Los Angeles County. Burnt Peak is north of Santa Clarita and west of Lake Hughes.


San Francisquito Canyon

The San Francisquito Canyon is a canyon, in northern Los Angeles County, created by the erosion of the Sierra Pelona Mountains by San Francisquito Creek. The canyon starts in the north, deep in the Angeles National Forest with its southern end in the Santa Clara Valley. Until 1848 the Francisquito Creek was the site of extensive gold mining. The former St. Francis Dam was located within the canyon.


Munz Lakes

Munz Lakes is a fishing lake located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains within the Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County. It is between Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake. Quartz Hills and Palmdale are to the southeast. Lancaster is to the east.


Sespe Wilderness

The Sespe Wilderness is a 219,700 acre wilderness area in the southern Sierra Pelona Mountains and eastern Topatopa Mountains of Southern California. The wilderness area is totally within the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.