Wishon Fork

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.

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  • chong ye r.

    It was a great hike and scenary!

    May 19, 2013

  • Paul

    I'd obviously need to ride with someone from Hodel's.

    May 16, 2013

  • alicia

    Coming from Tehachapi

    May 15, 2013

  • Marty

    Bill, I'm thinking about joining this hike. Can you add anything more about the strenous loop option? Round trip miles, elevation gain?

    May 14, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Marty, our plan is go up the river for three miles and perhaps a bit further which would make this a six to eight mile hike with an elevation gain of no more than 1600 feet which is puts this somewhere between easy to moderate. I am not aware of the strenuous loop trail option and don't intend to make this a strenuous hike. Our plan is to do this hike at a leisurely pace and explore all there is to offer along the beautiful Tule River. I hope this helps...

      May 14, 2013

  • Wayne Bernard S.

    Since I live in Porterville, I will plan to meet up at the trailhead. I have been on this trail before. It has huge manzanita, bright orange salamanders, and aromatic Cedar groves.

    May 5, 2013

    • Wayne Bernard S.

      Modified: Will carpool from Black Bear Diner, 910 W. Olive Avenue Porterville, CA 93257 at 8:00 AM Saturday, and will meet the hikers from Bako at the trailhead.

      May 13, 2013

    • Rose C.

      Got it. See you Sat. at 8 a.m. at Black Bear Diner. If anything comes up, my cell is [masked]

      May 14, 2013

  • Rosaura (.

    Looking to carpool... Anyone have room for two?

    May 13, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Rosaura, we generally just meet at the announced location and carpool from there. We have never had a problem of someone not getting a ride.

      1 · May 13, 2013

    • Rosaura (.

      Thanks Bill

      May 14, 2013

  • Rose C.

    May try to carpool with Wayne from Porterville, or meet you at the trailhead. I'm from Visalia.

    May 13, 2013

    • Wayne Bernard S.

      In response to Rose Certini, here is carpool information for the northern contingent of hikers. We will meet and leave from the Black Bear Diner, 910 W. Olive Avenue Porterville, CA 93257 at 8:00 AM Saturday. For those who wish to join us there, take Hwy. 65 to Olive Ave exit, then go east. Black Bear Diner will be on the left (north side) within about 1 block from Hwy. 65. Regards, Wayne

      May 13, 2013

    • Wayne Bernard S.

      My cell is[masked] if any questions or problems.

      May 13, 2013

  • ana m.

    Love this group!

    May 13, 2013

  • Stafford and M.

    We're planning to be there. Stafford and Monica

    May 12, 2013

  • Stafford and M.

    Monica and I would like to do this trip if we can be back in Bakersfield by 5. I think this should be easy, but would someone confirm?

    May 12, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Stafford, I can't guarantee you we would be back by 5:00...but...you and Monica could head back on our own when you need to.

      May 12, 2013

  • Andrew H

    As a part time Upper Tule resident, this is a great hike, not to be missed. Tick awareness is important anywhere in Sierra, but especially on this hike. And there have been a couple of confirmed tick borne Lyme cases in Kern and Tulare, one very recently. Use repellant and check carefully for tiny ticks on return home after hiking. You can treat long pants with Permethrin repellant for clothing from sporting goods stores.

    May 11, 2013

  • John

    I am hoping to do a survival skills training trip with my friends that weekend so I am unlikely to make it.

    May 6, 2013

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