Forks of the Kern

Johnsondale, California

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An out-and-back day hike to the confluence of the Kern River and the Little Kern. This is an upside-down hike and the trailhead elevation is less than 5,800 feet, so be sure to carry plenty of water for the return (uphill) trip. This trail is also used by whitewater rafters who put in at the Forks for the notorious Forks of the Kern run, Class III through V rapids all the way. Because hikers, rafters, and packers hauling rafts all share this route, the trail is wide and extremely well graded, probably one of the most painless ups and downs you are likely to encounter in the Sierra.

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"An out-and-back day hike to the confluence of the Kern River and the Little Kern. This is an upside-down hike and the trailhead elevation is less than 5,800 feet, so be sure to carry plenty of water for the return (uphill) trip. This trail is also used by whitewater rafters who put in at the Forks for the notorious Forks of the Kern run, Class III through V rapids all the way. Because hikers, rafters, and packers hauling rafts all share this route, the trail is wide and extremely well graded, probably one of the most painless ups and downs you are likely to encounter in the Sierra."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnsondale
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: May through October, hot in midsummer
Trailhead Elevation: 5,800 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: Golden Trout Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Hockett Peak

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