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Rincon Trail - Salmon Creek Waterfall - Caulkins Peak - Packsaddle Cave


Hiking Category

This is a class 1, 2, and 3 day hike on the Rincon and Packsaddle Trails. We are hiking past the Salmon Creek Waterfall, to the top of Caulkins Peak, and we will visit Packsaddle Cave. There is cross country on this hike that will involve bushwhacking, route finding, and some class 3 or 4 rock climbing. This hike is approximately 10 miles with an elevation gain of 5000 feet. This hike is not for beginners so if you are interested in attending then please add yourself to the waiting list for approval.

On the Rincon Trail 12-03-2011.


Hiking Plan

  • We are meeting at the James Sierra Gateway in Kernville at 6:30am.
  • We are driving to McNally's and leaving shuttle car there at the Packsaddle Trailhead [masked], [masked]).
  • We are driving to the south end of the Rincon Trail [masked], [masked]).
  • We are hiking up the Rincon Trail past the Salmon Creek Waterfall to the pass [masked], [masked]).
  • From the pass we are hiking west and cross country to Caulkins Peak (6480') [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike back to the pass and hike on the Rincon Trail to the Packsaddle Cave.
  • We will hike down the Packsaddle Trail to our shuttle vehicle.
  • We will drive over and get our other car.
  • We will caravan back to Kernville where we will eat at the Kern River Brewing Company.

Inside the Packsaddle Cave. 12-03-2011.


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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  • Jill W.

    This hike was unique because it involved interesting destination after interesting destination: a cave, a waterfall, and a seldom-visited peak.

    March 26, 2013

  • Dave

    This was an amazing hike with great company. I am at peace till the next time!

    March 26, 2013

  • Jill W.

    I'll see the Bakersfield crew at 5am.

    March 25, 2013

  • Steve

    As much as I want to do this hike I wont be able to make it , cant get off from work. Nate, if you have anymore questions about Caulkins Pk feel free to ask you should see Salmon Ck Falls real well from the summit.

    March 25, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Dave and Matthew, would you like to save a little money and carpool from Bakersfield to the TH?

    March 22, 2013

    • Dave

      I will gladly drive if you guys want to meet at 178 chevron at 5 am?

      March 22, 2013

    • Matthew S.

      Dave, I will see you there at 5:00. Thanks.

      March 24, 2013

  • Danny

    Man I wish I could do this. I like that {"There is cross country on this hike that will involve bushwhacking, route finding, and some class 3 or 4 rock climbing.", but I think the 10 miles would kick my .... That and the fact that the day before I'll be coming off the Hanning Peak?Rabbit Island Expedition.{my understanding is that at those elevations we won't need to carry oxygen with us} Maybe I can build up to Rincon-one rabbit at a time. With the brewery at the end as an incentive.... Now that's a skilled trip leader! How far is the brewery from Rabbit Island? A hop, skip, and a jump???

    March 15, 2013

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