The Lower Kern River Canyon Loop Hike




Hiking Category

This is a class 1 hike on a series of trails. The trailhead is located between Lake Isabella and Bakersfield at the Delonega Day Area. This hike is somewhere between 11 and 12 miles long with an elevation gain of about 3000 feet. The oaks are beautiful, and the trails are excellent. The trails are so good that it is relaxing to move right along while enjoying the scenery.


[masked] Kern River Trail

Hiking Plan

  • We are meeting at the Delonega Day Area at 8:00am. To locate the trailhead type the coordinates ( [masked], [masked]) into Google Maps.


  • We will hike east on the Kern River Trail.


  • We will locate the East Kern Canyon Trail and hike north.


  • We will hike west on the Badger Gap Trail.


  • We will hike south to the Kern River Trail.


  • We will hike west on the Kern River Trail to the trailhead.




[masked] Kern River Trail

Trail Maintenance

The Stewards of Sequoia maintain these trails. Click here to learn more and/or get involved.

[masked] Kern River Trail

Class What?

It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).


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*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.


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  • Shawn M.

    This was a great long distance hike. Had a lot of fun. Thank you Nathan

    March 9, 2013

  • Kevin O.

    Nathan, Are you starting from the parking lot just south of the four lane bridge that you have to walk across and then hike down the north west side to the Kern River Trail and then up to Delonegha Creek? Or are you starting from the Delonegha River Access boating site a couple of miles farther up 178?

    March 8, 2013

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