Canebrake, California


Canebrake Cafe, possibly the only commercial establishment in Canebrake
Canebrake Cafe, possibly the only commercial establishment in Canebrake
Canebrake is located in California
Location in California
Canebrake is located in the United States
Canebrake (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°43′42″N 118°08′18″W / 35.72833°N 118.13833°W / 35.72833; -118.13833Coordinates: 35°43′42″N 118°08′18″W / 35.72833°N 118.13833°W / 35.72833; -118.13833
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation3,031 ft (924 m)

Canebrake is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located along California State Route 178 in the South Fork Valley, 5.3 miles (9 km) east-northeast of Onyx at an elevation of 3,031 feet (924 m).[1]

Canebrake Creek, which State Route 178 follows down to Canebrake from the Walker Pass, was named by Robert S. Williamson in the fall of 1853 after he observed Indians there collecting the sugary reeds from a canebrake, or bulrush patch.[2] The creek is a major tributary of the South Fork Kern River, which it flows into at Bloomfield Ranch, part of the Canebrake Ecological Reserve.

The original town site was located about three miles further east on Isabella-Walker Pass Road. The area was the site of a speakeasy and alcohol still during prohibition, run by a local bootlegger named Victor Hugo. The Chimney Peak Back Country Byway splits off from Route 178 in Canebrake, leading to the Chimney Peak Wilderness and connecting to some of the most rugged and remote areas of the Southern Sierra Nevada.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canebrake, California
  2. ^ Peter Massey; Jeanne Wilson (24 April 2006). Backcountry Adventures Southern California: The Ultimate Guide to the Backcountry for Anyone with a Sport Utility Vehicle. Adler Publishing. pp. 199–. ISBN 978-1-930193-26-0.

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