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