MT KONOCTI COUNTY PARK
Lake County’s ancient towering volcano – Mt Konocti – provides a dramatic backdrop to California’s largest freshwater lake. Sacred to Native Americans and subject of legends, the mountain is one of the few landmarks ever-visible from most locations throughout the county, and offers outstanding views from three summits.
Mount Konocti County Park opened in the fall of 2011. It is Lake County’s largest park, covering an area of 1,520 acres at the top of Mount Konocti.
The park was acquired in 2009 with geothermal royalty funds, and annual park maintenance is funded by cell tower leases. The county property is intertwined with federally owned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, for a combined total of 2,341 acres of public open space.
In private hands since the mid-1800s, few have previously enjoyed the breathtaking beauty seen from the top.
Wright Peak Summit Trail: The Wright Peak Summit Trail is a 6+ mile round-trip hike from the Upper Parking Lot near the access gate on Konocti Road, with an approximate 1,600 ft elevation gain. The trail takes hikers along the main access road, past walnut and apple orchards, through an amazing Canyon Oak grove to the Mary Downen cabin, built in 1903. It then continues up to Wright Peak and the CDF Tower, with possible side trips to Buckingham Peak and Howard Peak.
From downtown Kelseyville in Lake County, California, take Konocti Road one mile past the high school until it turns into a dirt road. Continue up the mountain for 2 miles to reach the lower parking lot. Another parking lot is located 400 feet higher up the road.
At this time, the park is open for day-use hiking only, with other uses by a Special Facility Use Permit, available from the Lake County Public Services Department. A Master Management Plan is being developed by County staff and a committee of volunteers that will help guide the operation and maintenance of the park.
Other regulations include:
- Non-motorized day use (dawn to dusk) only, except for officially authorized vehicles.
- Absolutely no fires or smoking on Mt. Konocti.
- The park will open for hiking only, with other uses such as equestrian, non-motorized mountain bikes, dogs on leash, and others possibly allowed under a special Facility Use Agreement (FUA).
- The first section of the hiking trail passes through private property around Fowler’s Orchard on an easement. Respecting the privacy of the homeowner by staying on the trail is paramount to preserving the public’s right to access the park.
- The park may be closed during high fire danger, severe winter weather or for other health, maintenance and safety reasons.
- The County has negotiated a five-year lease with the State for use of the Cal Fire Lookout Tower, located on Wright Peak, to be used for supervised recreational activities in exchange for maintenance. Volunteer docents supervise tower access.
- If you have any questions, wish to volunteer, are interested in a special Facility Use Agreement or need additional information; please feel free to contact the Lake County Department of Public Services at (707) 262-1618.