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4th Annual KRVHC Lake Isabella Fireworks Family Hike

  • Jul 6, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Celebrate Independence Day Kern Valley Style 


Hiking Category

This is an easy class 1 trail hike to the top of Isabella Peak where we will watch the fireworks explode in the night sky over Lake Isabella. The hike is 3 miles round trip with 350 feet of elevation gain, and night hike back to the cars.


Photos from the 2nd Annual Lake Isabella Fireworks Family Hike


Isabella Peak Weather Information


Fireworks Explode over Engineers Point Lake Isabella 07-02-2011.



Hiking Plan

There is a dirt parking area on the road in front of the Hungry Gulch campground located [masked], [masked]). We will meet there at 7:30PM.


There will be an Independence Day hike to Isabella Peak (3025’) located on the northwest side of scenic Lake Isabella. We will hike 1.5 miles with an elevation gain of 350 feet in the early evening to Isabella Peak where we will relax on blankets or folding chairs, eat snacks, and watch the stars come out. This is a trail hike, and don't forget the headlamp or flashlight for the trek back to the cars. Families are encouraged and welcome.


Almost Dark! 07-02-2011. 

At 9:00 PM (or whenever it is dark enough) the firework show will begin over the Lake.  The fireworks are launched from Engineers Point which is the land area between the main dam, and the auxiliary dam, and we will have a wonderful view of the fireworks exploding over the lake. The fireworks last about thirty minutes, and then we will hike back in the dark to the trailhead, locate our cars, and then head out.


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View from Isabella Peak. 07-02-2011.


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 ).


*** 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 that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies.  You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards.  You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** 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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  • John

    Hey guys, I edited and published a video of the hike and wanted to share it with you. This link goes directly to the video and my youtube channel (hikerboy16). Enjoy! Please leave comments and subscribe if you wish. Thanks! God bless!

    July 21, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Sorry we missed the group. We brought my mother and had to stop a quarter of the way up the trail. Nice fireworks show, however!

    July 7, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry Guys to busy getting ready for my Mt. Williamson Backpacking trip tomorrow cant make this one

    July 6, 2013

  • Vickie M.

    is everyone driving back that night?

    July 5, 2013

  • Tom B.

    I don't think I will make it back in time Lone Pine.

    July 4, 2013

  • Cari F.

    How much travel time should I allow to get from CSUB to the campground?

    July 3, 2013

    • Tom B.

      I would say approximately one hour. It may take longer if the traffic is heavy or if you are not comfortable driving through curves.

      July 3, 2013

    • Cari F.

      Thank you. :)

      July 4, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Sorry I will miss this but Myna and I are leaving a day early for Klammath Falls OR

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Donna M.

      Tony, have a safe trip. We will miss you.

      July 3, 2013

    • Tony S.

      Thanks Donna, and I will miss everybody there, it's always fun and a challenge walking back down after dark!

      July 3, 2013

  • Becky Baker F.

    Where exactly will we be meeting? We're coming from Bakersfield.

    July 3, 2013

    • Tom B.

      At the hungry gulch campground.

      July 3, 2013

  • Cari F.

    I am extremely sensitive to poison oak. :( The worst outbreak I ever had was from touching dog fur that had been exposed to it. I believe at the elevation we will be at there is poison oak in the area. Please don't bring any dogs.

    July 3, 2013

    • Tom B.

      There is no poison oak on this hike. Not near enough to water source - so it is not an issue for dogs. Dog owners should still keep dogs controlled on leash.

      July 3, 2013

  • Suzanne

    The third guest is still unsure.

    July 2, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Deen, the fireworks show is on Saturday, the 6th. (It's always on a Saturday.)

    July 2, 2013

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