This is a moderate, out and back hike from the Johnsondale bridge up the east side of the Kern's north fork. It is exploration because I have never hiked this trail but have driven by many times and know it is awell used trail. The map shows the hike would takes us up the river 4 miles and and then turn east up a side creek and connect with the Rincon trail. At this point we would decide whether to turn around or further explore this area. There are a few minor peaks in the area that might provide a view. However, they also could be choked up with vegetation and not accessible. This is another element of exploration. Turning around here will put the hike at between 9 and 10 miles with approximately 1,000' gain. To add more mileage and gain and if time allows, the group, our part of the group, can walk either north of south along the Rincon trail out of the side creek to the ridge line. Peak bagging could be determined from these points. Since this is an out and back, those needing to get back early could turn around and go back the way we came.
Another area to possibly explore is the 7 Teacups area located where Dry Meadow Creek flows into the Kern about 2 up from the bridge. These are on the west side of the river.
Those hikers already in the Kern Valley can meet us at the James Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville at 8:30. Please be on time, our waiting policy for known late hikers is 5 minutes without notification. I can be reached on my cell at[masked]-0591.
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