Forks of the Kern

Johnsondale, California 93208

Forks of the Kern

Forks of the Kern Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

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

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