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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.