The hike up the Wishon Fork (North Fork of the Middle Fork) of the Tule River begins as an easy 5½-mile (round trip) trek to forested campsites, but can be turned into a moderate 9-mile hike to an old miners cabin or a strenuous longer loop on historic trails that lead past waterfalls, fishing holes, old mines, and Giant Sequoias. The trail begins at the Camp Wishon day use parking area.
Turn around at any point, based on your own wishes. Just be sure to let one of the other hikers know your intentions so we don't think you got lost!
Directions: The drive takes 1½ hours from Bakersfield. Head north on Highway 99 to Porterville exit, and follow Highway 65 about 40 miles north. Just before Porterville, take the Lake Success exit and drive 19 miles east on Highway 190 to Springville. About 6½ miles past town, turn left and drive 4 miles up a steep, winding road to Camp Wishon. This last turnoff is just before the Tule River Power House on Highway 190.
Bakersfield hikers will leave from Hodel's at 7 am.