Johnsondale Bridge exploration hike up the Kern River

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.

Here is a link to the weather forecast.

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  • Tony S.

    I must also add I was pleased we reached our exploration objective of the Rincon trail junction.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Leigh

    Fantastic beauty, workout, and meeting new people - ya'll rock!

    February 1, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Good crowd! Nice boulders, water, and trees. No flowers, grass or ferns.

    February 1, 2014

  • Leigh

    I added my name, but with disclosures. I hiked this last weekend and it was amazing. But, I only hiked 3 miles in and 3 miles out and I know ya'll desire to hike further. I'm about the journey more than the destination, so given that, if I start with ya'll are you going to stress if I end with a turn about?

    January 31, 2014

    • Coleen K.

      I may turn around with you! ....things to do, people to see!

      February 1, 2014

    • Tony S.

      No stress as long as you are safe and are not impacting someone that rode with you. See you there.

      February 1, 2014

  • Kerry

    May I hop in someone's car at the Chevron for a ride to the TH?

    January 31, 2014

    • Leigh

      Kerry, I can take you there, but you may need to find a ride home as I might not hike as far (read my prior note).

      January 31, 2014

    • Kerry

      Thank you Bill and Leigh.

      January 31, 2014

  • Coleen K.

    Do you know when you would get back to Bako?

    January 31, 2014

    • Kathleen

      Hi Coleen, I'm thinking some time around 5pm, maybe later.

      1 · January 31, 2014

    • Coleen K.

      Okay....I cancelled my late afternoon plans but do have an obligation at 6:30!

      January 31, 2014

  • Sam W.

    only click on link if interested in spoilers for the hike:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/99748535@N00/sets/72157601938904861/

    this is a great area for an exploratory hike...

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Those hikers already in the Kern Valley can meet us at the James Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville at 8:30. That is located at 13432 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA

    January 29, 2014

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