Rockhouse Basin

Ridgecrest, California 93555

Rockhouse Basin

Rockhouse Basin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This high desertlike valley within Dome Land Wilderness provides stirring views of one of the Sierra’s greatest collection of domes, and makes an ideal early-season backpack trip. Descending easily to a broad valley, our path follows the fenced wilderness boundary on an old four-wheel double-track, sometimes very distinct, but sometimes fading into sagebrush. Bypassing a house, we step across a muddy seasonal creek and rise up a second forested hill, veering away from the fence. Our gentle descent this time takes us into a wilder, narrowing valley. After stepping across Pine Creek, our trail hugs the Kern River as it cuts through a small gorge."

Rockhouse Basin Trip Reports

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This was an awsome camping spot until the mid 80's when someone decided it should be a wilderness. There are roads through here that have been in existance since close to the 20's and there is private land in here, so the roads continue to be traveled. The hike is short so the slobs pack heavy and leave there trash. This is a place that needs to be re-opened to vehicles to improve the area. It is too close to the roads to keep closed. The best part of it right now is the rattlesnakes have populated the area and the bears are plentlful so it keeps the idiots out, and those who enjoy the river can. If you want to call something wilderness it should be something that is not accessible to a car, not a blocked off road. Give the people back their land, Open Rockhouse Basin back up.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours, though an overnighter is recommended.
May and June are best for milder temperatures, wildflowers, and absence of grazing cattle. The weather is generally fine from mid-September through mid-November, a better time for fording the Kern River.
6,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,000 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia National Forest, Cannell Meadow Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Rockhouse Basin, Crag Peak.
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