Owl Canyon/ Rainbow Basin Hike Plus Climbing Opportunity

This is a Kern River Valley Hiking Club classic. The rock formations, colors and low elevation make it a perfect cool-weather hike.

The plan: We will carpool to and park at Owl Canyon Campground. We hike north up the beautiful desert canyon about 4 miles until it opens up into desert hills. We then begin a steeper ascent to the top of a plateau overlooking the colorful Rainbow Basin. We then turn southwest descending along a ridge into a beautiful slot canyon. We will visit several other short impassable slot canyons including one with two natural tunnels and then hike over a ridge and back to Owl Canyon for approx. 8 miles round trip. This is considered an intermediate hike with some class 2 scrambling/climbing.  For pictures and more details visit Ranger Tarol's site  at:

http://www.tarol.com/owlcanyon.html

Also, see pictures from this hike scheduled in February of 2011

 

Directions:

For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at Starbuck's on Weedpatch Hwy (see above) at 6:30 am These are directions for those who want to drive themselves to the Trail head: East on Hwy 58 towards Barstow, left on Lenwood Rd, right on Old Hwy 58 (Santa Fe Ave) for 6 miles, left on Irwin Rd., for 5 miles, left on Fossil Bed Road for 3 miles to Rainbow Basin Loop Road, turn right and travel 1 mile to Owl Canyon road, turn right and travel about 2 miles to the campground. We will begin hiking at 9:00 AM.

Bonus:

Climbers, a group of us will be spending the night near by and climbing at New Jack City on Sunday.  New Jack City is a popular climbing destination south of Barstow.  It offers climbers of all levels great rock and varied single pitch sport routes.

Minimum requirements: You must know how to belay someone.  You must own all of your own personal climbing gear: helmet, shoes, harness, ATC, Personal Pro (ie: sling and locking carabiner)

If you are interested in participating in the climbing portion of this meet-up, please email me with a brief description of your skill set and what gear you can share (ie: rope, draws)  How many climbers can participate will depend upon how many leads with ropes sign up.


*** 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.

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Tulare Peak Baggers and Trail Hikers Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities

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  • Lili Ramirez

    Owl Canyon was an amazing experience this was my first Saturday Hike.

    November 7

  • Marty

    I just posted a few pics from the climbing adventure on Sunday. Thanks Jill for setting up some great climbing. Also thanks to you and Alwin for doing the lead climbs.

    November 4

  • Thomas Heidtman

    Not important if this person had a problem so be it.

    1 · November 4

  • Jan Gillespie

    I hope I didn't block anyone because I thought everyone and everything was great! Now I want to go map faultsthere!

    November 4

  • Alwin

    Fun times!

    November 4

  • Thomas Heidtman

    Great hike but was surprised that A hiker that I sent a good to see you message replyed and then blocked me.

    November 3

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Good job Jill! Fun hike, good people and classy restaurant!

    1 · November 3

  • Lili Ramirez

    This is was an awesome first time hike experience. Love it! @ Paul, thanks for driving.

    November 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day, glad your knee is better Ron

    November 3

  • Ron Rissman

    Love it! knee is better today

    November 3

  • chong ye clement

    Great!!

    November 3

  • Sarah Chamlee

    It was a great day--thanks for hosting!!

    November 2

  • Julie Russell

    Great company, well organized, no one left behind or unaccounted for. Perfect weather, fun group that hiked really well together.

    November 2

  • Albert Nickey

    Very nice. Great group

    November 2

  • Thomas Heidtman

    It was a good mixture of hiking, climbing and exploring. I enjoyed it very much' sorry I had to cut it short I twisted my ankle.

    November 2

  • Pedro Ruiz Armada

    Sorry I can not join with you. Wok urgent issues make me impossible to hike this beautiful opportunity.. Really sorry... and good luck

    November 2

  • Tony Sarzotti

    Saturday Sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
    Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    November 1

  • Thomas Heidtman

    Sounds fun will be there

    November 1

  • Jill Wilson

    If you plan on staying with the group the entire time, this does not apply to you.
    However, if you and your companions have adventurous spirits and think you may branch off on your own, you need to be aware of the follwing. 1. know that when you leave the group to explore other canyons, you are officially off this event and on your own. We will not look for you back at the cars. I recommend having a contact person (not on the hike) whom you will check in with when the hike is over. If this person does not hear back from you within 12 hours of the time they expected to hear from you, they can call search and rescue. 2. Do not carpool with anyone else. If you venture off and do not come back, you leave them high and dry at the TH.
    I bring these concerns up because these very things have happened before, and I don't plan on repeating them.

    1 · October 29

  • Jill Wilson

    For those meeting at Starbucks, if you intend to get coffee, please plan to get there at 6:15 to give yourself enough time. We will be putting together carpools and handing out directions promptly at 6:30; I will not hold up a group this size for someone who is waiting in line for coffee.

    1 · October 29

  • Jill Wilson

    I've change the time for those of you meeting us a the Owl Canyon TH to 9:00. Glen informed me that this is a more realistic start time.

    October 29

  • Glenn Gregory

    Weather link:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/Map...­
    Forecast is beautiful clear sunny day with high near 74 degrees.

    Probably my 8th time hiking here.
    Thank you Jill for hosting this hike.

    October 28

    • Jill Wilson

      Whew! Really gladl you are going! Wasn't sure if I could find the caves. And the canyon we drop into can be a little tricky. Happy to have the veteran along.

      October 28

  • Thomas Heidtman

    Sorry give someone my spot, Family issue's.

    October 28

  • Thomas Heidtman

    Sounds fun will be there

    October 27

  • Diane Farnsworth

    I have to pull out - again. I found out I have a torn Meniscus and surgery sometime in November. I miss hiking with the group but hope to be back soon. Have a great time. I sure enjoyed this trip last year.

    October 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, gonna have to pass. I have visitors coming from out-of-state.

    October 22

  • Jill Wilson

    This may be premature, but I believe all BLM land is closed currently so....unless congress gets it together by the 2nd, we won't be going to Owl Canyon. If I'm mistaken, please chime in. I'll look into a plan B hike just in case.

    October 12

    • Tony Sarzotti

      Jan, as the desert cools, if you want to propose a hike into the Majave National Scenic Preserve, I , or your buddy Kathleen, can help you post it.

      October 13

    • Jan Gillespie

      New York or Teutonia Peaks might be fun...have not done either. A hike to the top of Kelso Dunes is pretty taxing. If the dunes are dry we could all jump down en masse and listen to them sing!

      October 13

  • Jan Gillespie

    We could try New York Peak or Teutonia Peak on the preserve. I have not done either one. Info at http://www.hikespeak.com/trails...­ and http://www.hikespeak.com/trails...­

    October 13

  • Paul

    Grrrrrr......Congress....Grrrrrrrr­r.

    October 12

  • Lili Ramirez

    Will be there . Looking forward to it

    October 11

  • Kathleen

    I so wish I could come, Ahhh call sorry. Have a rolicking good time all!

    October 10

  • Viva Au

    Sorry, we could not make it because Waverly has Jazz Pop Festival's piano performance.

    October 8

  • Teresa McFarland

    Sure do wish I could go, but I have Navy obligation the whole weekend! DRAT!

    August 15

  • Rachael Pinkoski

    Is the overnight camping? And would dogs be allowed both days?

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Jill Wilson

      There are no dog restrictions in this area( that I'm aware of) but your dog will have to climb 8 vertical feet (check out Tarol's website as mentioned in the write up for pics) As for camping overnight you are both more than welcome, but the following day will involve technical climbing with ropes.

      July 16, 2013

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