• Summit to Bear Creek Trail (biking) Camp Nelson Trail. Trash from decades of misuse can be found everywhere, some more that 30 years old. Was great for a day trip. • Kern Canyon Trail is close to Lake Isabella and about 15 minutes south of Kernville. Hiking and fishing the Forks of The Kern trail near Johnsondale, CA. This well established trail switchbacks its way to the river, offering new perspectives on the impressive landscape you will be immersed in. The Forks of the Kern, that is what. There is no bridge crossing the Little Kern, and extreme caution should be used. 34,187' Down This hike is not for the faint of heart. I donate all proceeds from the downloads of this guidance to CalTrout. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Kern Hot Springs requires a backpacking trip. 99 across from Ant Canyon, and proceeds north following the Rincon fault to the Forks of the Kern River. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. About 2 miled before Jerkey Meadow, take a right onto 20S67 (dirt road but well maintained) Take 20S67 approximately 2 miles to the parking lot at the very end. The Forks of the Kern is a difficult wilderness run and there is not much of an opportunity to hike out due to the rugged country. 1110.11 m Up 2771.03 m Down, 13.3 mi Here, we passed several day hikers and rafters getting ready for a super low flow 4-day trip down the Kern River to the Johnsondale bridge. In the spring and fall the temperature can vary 60° from night to day so bring appropriate gear. I have never seen anything like this in a "Wilderness" area. • This is a beautiful trail from start to finish. Left on Saturday morning and saw heaps of groups, fishers, campers, scouts etc. From Kernville take Sierra Way/ Mountain Route 99 to Johnsondale. • 21.3 km 16.0 km Found a campsite along the Kern 3.5 miles from TH, decided that was enough hiking with packs for today! It just makes it that much tougher to see the neglect. 1,659' Up 3,801' Down There is plenty of parking in the parking area and there are restrooms. Remember those numbers. See park page for more information. • Also included in the download is my most recent forks backpacking list. As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. Giant Sequoias, abundant wildlife, and illuminated Granite faces make this more than the typical shuttle. Pros: Beautiful Scenery, water present, good campsites. See Forks of the Kern for details. 44,610' Up 131 trails on an interactive map of the trail network. I look forward to doing that hike again! The Forks is part of the federally protected Wild and Scenic Rivers system and it is most definitely wild, scenic, and remote. This area will contain Little Kern Goldens.The confluence of the Little Kern and the Upper Kern is known as "the Forks of the Kern" and has had a reputation for excellent fishing. 1,829' Down 558.05 m Up Good campsites that I saw. Both the Little Kern River and the Kern River were flowing big so we couldn’t cross but we were able to follow them south past the confluence. A fairly easy hike on the way in but expect a moderate adventure on the way back out. 505.69 m Up But coming back up to your vehicle can be a bit strenious as its all up hill. Lots of mosquitos and military jets flying overhead at camp which sounded like a loud boom every now and then. The Upper Kern has had a reputation for holding many large trout over 20". I have never witnessed a greater cumulative disrespect for a "Wilderness" area in all my life. Forks of the Kern 505.67 m Down, 5.0 mi My quest is to find an alternative to the Forks of the Kern Trail and the Upper Kern River. Beautiful hike along the river. Length 20.8 miElevation gain 1938 ftRoute type Out & back Kind of terrifying. There are great fishing and swimming holes about 3.6-3.7 miles in along the Kern River. It includes the "Kern River Upper Trail" 33E30 and the "Rincon Trail" 33E23. Being a jerk / offensive? The … Great place to go back packing. GETTING EQUIPMENT TO RIVER: For most whitewater enthusiasts,getting equipment down the 3-mile trail to the Forks put-in will require the useof pack horses or mules. This trail provides a lovely out-and-back day run to the confluence of the Kern River and the Little Kern or to venture deeper up the west bank of the Kern. Hiking to The Forks of the Kern. Cons: Hot in summer, garbage everywhere. At the bottom, the confluence of the Little Kern and Kern Rivers was flowing pretty strong. 9,101' Up 1158.57 m Down, 210.9 mi The trail is in perfect condition. At the trailhead, we hike 3 miles down to The Island and meet the rest of the guides. 1,831' Up In describing our Forks of the Kern trip, Outside Magazine said, "The serious heart in throat moments come mid-run at the back-to-back Class V Vortex/Gauntlet doubleheader: a ten-foot slide followed by … Freeman Creek Sequoias Hike. And it’s physical….very physical. Views were amazing and worth the 5 hour drive from south county. I really like privacy and off the beaten path type stuff so id go again and again and again. We did the roughly 2 mile hike and 1000 foot climb out in just under one hour. Please Add Your Thoughts! Going in is a breeze, but the hike out is a challenge. 3,802' Up Sirretta Peak Hike & Sirretta High Route. The "Forks" represents the confluence of the Little Kern River with the North Fork of the Kern. You'll want to be surrounded with competent people and carry the right safety equipment. Write them down. The hike out is tough. This featured hike is basically a 30+ mile out-and-back from the Johnsondale Bridge to the "Forks of the Kern" -- 15+ miles each way. It also allows for relatively quick access to both the upper Wild & Scenic Kern River and the Wild & Scenic Little Kern River. There was evidence of motorcycle traffic on the far side of the river on an old trail system. Little tough on way out but great trail to continue to kern flat. The hike offers great views of the back side of the Needles and the Kern River Valley. Good moderate trail. It gets pretty packed in the summer with kayakers, but nothing like some of the other trails I've been on. • The trail is easily marked and the descent is fairly gradual with a handful of switchbacks. Hiked this trail with some friends, set up camp by the river and had a wonderful time fly fishing. There is a small developed campground called “Forks of the Kern”. 1158.82 m Up After completing the evaluation, we board the bus and drive to the Forks of the Kern trailhead. A river trail follows the banks of the N. Fork of the Kern River for dozens, maybe hundreds, of miles deep into the north sierra. And research these trails online before you go. Pretty trail with a nice river as the reward. 2773.89 m Up Wishon Trail. This trail provides a lovely out-and-back day hike to the confluence of the Kern River and the Little Kern or to venture deeper up the west bank of the Kern. We saw many species of birds and a few small harmless reptiles. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Drive almost .7 miles and park … I'm going to come back to stay a few nights to explore much more of it. The designation of the North and South Forks Kern, the Kings, and the Merced by Congress that year represents the single largest expansion of the federal system in California since 1981. 5' Down The Trip Leader gives a Safety Talk, and the guides each give their own Paddling Talk. The way down is pretty easy, the way up is some work. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. It was a bit of a challenge to keep horses, cook food, and all the other required activities for four days at a dry trail head, but a we found some tanks to haul water up there and we had water left over. Just wanted to add that Kern River Conservancy and Keepers of the Kern are putting more effort in keeping that part of the river clean. Yucca Point Trail – Sequoia National Forest October 15-17, 2020 I have been on a quest since the SQF complex fire burnt the Forks of the Kern trail and burnt ~30 miles up the upper Kern river. I wish I could give this trail a better review. Directions From Hwy 155, go west on Keyesville Road. A very beautiful area worth the time. There are many outdoor activities to take part in when visiting the Kern River Valley in addition to your whitewater rafting or kayaking trip. It can get hot here in the summer, so bring plenty of water! It's disturbing to me that people go to a beautiful place like the Forks and have to leave their trash. Forks of the Kern Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. Definitely will come back. We were the only two people down there so it was a really nice place to get away from it all and purely relax. Whitney that begin the Kern River trickle. Once you get there though the trail down to the river is not terribly steep but moderate is the perfect rating for it. From Keyesville: The Keyesville entrance is located just north of the town of Lake Isabella. The drive out there can be a pain as it is tucked away. This trip offers continuous Class IV-V whitewater for 17 miles with big rapids like Upper … A day hike into the Forks of the Kern on August 24, 2015. Taking Road 22S82, one can reach the trailheads that have access to the Little Kern River. Length 5.6 miElevation gain 1220 ftRoute type Out & back. This trail is awsome its an easy hike going down to the river it can have quite a few people there but you can get to a place where you can be by yourself if you dont mind doing a little cross country and on a hot day if the river is low enough go for a swim. Shade is fairly minimal throughout the ascent so it's easier to come out in the early morning or later in the day when the sun has less impact. • The headwaters of the Kern is fed by snowmelt from Mt. Lloyd Meadows sits roughly two miles above the launching point for the Forks of the Kern. Pictures, sketches, and descriptions of my hiking adventures. Whitney. Forks of the Kern, Class IV-V The 2 day Forks of the Kern is the most difficult and remote run we offer, and one of the premier wilderness whitewater rafting trips in the USA. 1,659' Down The Fork of the Kern is a reverse hike; meaning you go downhill when you are heavy (full with food) and back up the 800 feet of the canyon when you hike out. • We spent most of the 3rd day fishing and hiking all along the river - about a 12.5 mile hike. 2) With 140+ pounds gone, I had previously been thinking awfully small. The Fork of the Kerns Trail leaves from Forks of the Kern Trailhead in Lloyd Meadow. Great trout and great backpacking. The trail that follows the north bank from the cable crossing starts switchbacking steeply uphill, ... Drive about 19 miles until you see the “Forks of Kern 4” sign, then turn right onto a dirt road and proceed 2 miles to the trailhead. The trail descends roughly 1000 feet with a handful of switchbacks. 3.5mi, Create Recommended Route or Even experienced rafters should consider hiring a professional outfitter for their first trip down. Lucky for us, most of those Memorial Day revelers are way to drunk and or lazy to hike in to any part of the Forks of the Kern, leaving the unspoiled grandeur only to those who boat their way in. Big Meadow, S. Kern Plateau, Domelands. Do not overload yourself with unnecessary weight. Aside from the negligent human impact, the scenery was great, the rivers are beautiful. A joy downhill but never forget gravity, because it will never forget you! Lots of beaver action in the area so lots of lagoons and marshes to fish. In the summer and fall time you can cross the Small Kern. I'm biased of this beautiful place, and it will always be home! Great trail to get to some wild trout. Not many people fishing this far up the Kern because of its isolated location. Trail Number: 33E20. The Main Kern and the Little Kern combine to make what boaters now refer to as the Forks of the Kern. Every bend in the river of a fly fisherman's dream. There are no really steep sections and the descent/climb are pretty gradual with plenty of flatter sections to rest while still gaining ground. Locals describe the Forks of the Kern in two ways: It’s either 80 rapids in quick succession or one really, really long one. 557.44 m Down, 25.6 mi The hike back out was much easier than I anticipated. This evaluation is our Swim and Run test. Jordan Peak Lookout Loop. 8.0 km Great quiet trail. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and This river is no joke. Lots and lots of bugs, plenty of back country campsites. This is an upside-down hike with the steepest sections being the first few miles of the hike: good news for the hike in but a tough hurdle on the hike out so be sure to pack plenty of water for the hike out. T he Kern River is one of the few river systems in the Sierra Nevada that flows in a north/south orientation. Updated April 27, 2020: An extensive and detailed guidance and directions document on how to successfully find & Hike and fly fish the Upper Kern River by way of The Forks of the Kern Trail. Guides and guests hike the 2.5 miles to put-in carrying their own gear. 06 September 2014. White water kayakers use this trail to bring their kayaks to the put in point on the Kern River. Little Kern River Bridge Hike. Trail. The trail drops down to the Kern River immediately out of the trailhead, crossing the Little Kern River. 9,091' Down An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. The Forks of the Kern Trailhead is one of the primary gateways for hiking countless miles in Golden Trout Wilderness. You wil take this road almost all the way to the end which is Jerkey Trailhead Campground. Please explain. 5. This trail provides a lovely out-and-back day hike to the confluence of the Kern River and the Little Kern or to venture deeper up the west bank of the Kern. Redrock Meadows / Templeton Mountain Loop, Lewis Camp Trail to the Little Kern River [CLOSED], Quaking Aspen Campground Loop Trail [CLOSED], Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail [CLOSED], Slate Mountain via Windy Gap Trail [CLOSED], Forks of the Kern Trail to Painters Camp [CLOSED], Dome Rock View via Forest Route 21S63 [CLOSED], Lewis Camp Trail to Trout Meadows [CLOSED]. 339.5 km This is a pretty easy trail that leads to great fly fishing in the Golden Trout Wilderness. The hike tothe launch point is a 3-mile long, narrow, rocky trail which descends steeply tothe Kern River. we have gotten the river from Kernville to Johnsondale bridge free of trash. Land Manager: USFS - Sequoia National Forest Office, 9.9 mi 10420.2 m Down. Forks of the Kern Trail to Painters Camp [CLOSED] is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Johnsondale, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. 41.3 km This is about an injury or accident The trail ascends and descends in elevation, in and out of drainages, passing through flats of Jeffrey and digger pine, cedar and chaparral. There is no shade. About 7 miles down, we reached the Forks of the Kern, where the Little Kern meets the North Fork. At the forks there are many signs of litter and junk leftover from recent others. 3,642' Up Multiple groups that exceeded the 15 person limit were encountered. We camped at Limestone which I don't really recommend. Slate Mountain & Summit Trail. The initial descent and final ascent are not for the faint of heart. Hiking near the Forks of the Kern in the summer of 2018, I realized two things: 1) I was already physically able to get to those high mountain meadows below Mt. The flow of the Little Kern is slow at this time of the year so the crossing is simple. Forks of the Kern Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. You will see the trailhead at the eastern end of the parking lot. 21.5 km NOT OKAY! The hike back up took about an hour at a medium pace. Spam? Privately, the vast majority of users opt for shorter trips, typically a day trip, commonly referred to as a “bullet run.” With a put-in that requires a 2 mile hike and no road support for 15 miles, the Forks is not for the faint of heart. Human excrement littered the trail, the closest to the trail was 18 inches away. Congress added the North Fork to the federal system in 1987. Like a shorter version of the Grand Canyon. 13597 m Up I hiked it with a friend in May 2010 and it is not very demanding at all. I didnt see more than 5 or 6 folks the entire weekend. Fishing was excellent. If you’re a hiker, the great thing about a trip on the Forks of the Kern is that a short hike is automatically guaranteed with each … We arrive on a Wednesday and hardly saw a soul. If you like camping off the grid and backwoods backpacking, you'll love this trail. Steep trail leads down to the granite gorge where Little Kern River meets the main Kern River; Rattlesnake Creek & Ninemile Creek also join the Kern River in this 10 mile stretch. Starts approximately 10 miles north of Kernville on State Mtn. There are many places to relax by the river and enjoy the wildlife. Filmed by: Michael Wier and L.Clark Tate Music by: The Whys • Kern County mountain bike trail map. It almost seems like a mockery to describe it as such. Pack as light as possible. (The pack station is about 17 miles in, just past a Boy Scout camp.) We couldnt of asked for a better fishing spot. At the fork in the road take a right onto Lloyd Meadows Road (22S82). • Leave early in the morning or later in the evening. I have backpacked all over the country. The Kern Sierra Unit celebrated National Trail Day by meeting up at the Forks of the Kern Trailhead on June 4th for a four day work project. As you hike down the final mile, the North Fork comes into clear view. • Commercially, the only way to see the Forks of the Kern trip is a Two Day. The river was flowing pretty fast and it was high when we went in June and it was freezing. • Kern Falls to the Little Kern - 10 miles, 55 fpm, class II-III with occasional IVs and one class V Below the Little Kern, you can continue with the Forks of Kern run, or hike your boats up an easy 2 mile trail to a dirt road. 1.62 m Down, 13.4 mi Decent trail. This section of the North Fork is situated far enough up (and within the Golden Trout Wilderness) to support a truer population of native Kern River rainbow trout than what exists further downstream (i.e., below Durrwood Creek). Hot and arid with little shade in the summer months but the views and river is amazing. Forks of the Kern trailhead gets you on this trail, which winds along her banks as the Kern carves canyons and meadows on her way to being dammed at Lake Isabella. Something else? Boats are rigged and ready to go.