Little Kern Lake

Johnsondale, California 93245

Little Kern Lake

Little Kern Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An out-and-back backpack beginning on the historic Jordan Trail, then following the Wild and Scenic Kern River to visit an unusual pair of lakes. Like so many features of the Golden Trout Wilderness, Kern Lake and Little Kern Lake are anomalies, quiet ponds tucked into the gorge of an otherwise swiftly flowing river. While most of the lakes in the Sierra Nevada were gouged out by glaciers between several million and perhaps 20,000 years ago, these two came into being when a nineteenth-century landslide dammed up a section of the Kern River."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
June through October
7,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,900 feet
Top Elevation
Golden Trout Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Camp Nelson, Hockett Peak, Kern Lake
Local Maps

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