Hanning Peak and Rabbit Island



Hiking Category

This is a short cross country hike located on the northwest corner of scenic Lake Isabella. We are hiking to the top of a small peak, and then hiking over to a small hill known as Rabbit Island to look for pictographs. Rabbit Island is normally surrounded by water, but since the lake is so low we can walk right over to it. This is a hike suitable for beginners or for hikers looking for a short adventure in the scenic Kern River Valley. The total distance is about 1.5 miles with an elevation gain of 650 feet.


From the top of Hanning Peak[masked]


Hiking Plan

  • We will drive to Hanning Flat and park (2600') ( [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike to the top of Hanning Peak (3190') [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike back down and head over to Rabbit Island.
  • We will hike up and around Rabbit Island looking for pictographs.
  • We will head back to the vehicles a short distance away.


Lake Isabella from Hanning Peak[masked]


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 Climber.org 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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  • Donna D.

    Darn. This sounds fun. But not on a weekday. :(
    Plus too hard to drive up there by 8am for me. I wake up around that time. If on a Sat at 10-11am that would be great. Plus weather better.
    I just got better after a 12 week battle with my health. Nearly passed on.

    March 21, 2013

  • Danny

    Cool! Something on a weekday.

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • walter f.

    sadly we will be out of town

    March 12, 2013

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