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    Mt Konocti County Park

    Boundaries of Mt. Konocti County Park

    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.

    Park Directions:
    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.

    Park Regulations
    The park will open initially 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 opening 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 Look Out Tower, located on Wright Peak, to be used for supervised recreational activities in exchange for maintenance. We will need volunteer docents, preferably trained in C.P.R. and First Aid, to 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.

    Recreational Activities

    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 Howard Peak.

    While currently available for access, another hiking trail brochure to Buckingham Peak will be launched in Spring 2012 Donations can be made a number of ways.

    Donations
    There is a vision to connect the park with nearby communities and other recreational areas such as Clear Lake State Park. The county continues to accept donations for further property acquisition. 

    • Via check. Please make all checks payable to the County of Lake, with "Mt. Konocti Acquisition" noted on the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be mailed to: Public Services Department, 333 Second St., Lakeport, CA 95453.
    • Purchase an item in the PreserveKonocti store - all profits are donated to the Mt. Konocti Acquisition fund.