Sherman Peak 5 mile hike with optional 10 mile loop


Copied from Nathan Shultz and modified.

Hiking Category

The hike is a class 1 trail hike and it is 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1170 feet.

06-07-2012. On the way to Sherman Peak.

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Hiking Plan

We will meet at the James Market in Kernville and then carpool to the Sherman Pass trailhead [masked], [masked]). We will set out in a NNW direction on the trail shaded by firs and pines until we reach Sherman Peak (9909') [masked], [masked]). After enjoying the place for awhile we will head back to the trailhead. The distance for this section is  5 miles with an elevation gain of 1170 feet.  There are plenty of trails nearby for those who want to extend their hike to 10 miles.  Last Sunday's hike was changed to Valhalla and Upper Kern River trails due to rain.


06-07-2012. Sherman Peak.


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 ).



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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  • Tony S.

    Thanks Glenn, lovely day with great people!

    August 9

  • Glenn G.

    Alice will help lead the 10 mile clockwise loop for those who want extra hiking fun and cardio.
    Everyone will start by going up the trail to Sherman Peak. Those who want a 5 mile hike will then hike back to the cars.
    The 10 mile loopers will continue past Sherman Peak downhill northward, then east and south eventually intersecting and crossing the road, then hike south back up to Sherman Pass parking area.
    There will probably be twice the elevation gain with the loop.

    1 · August 8

  • Thomas H.

    Hello All when you reach the top of Sherman Peak Look East and You will see Bald Mt Lookout and Give we a wave.

    1 · August 8

  • Alice

    I will meet you at Sherman Pass and help you navigate.

    August 8

  • Maureen R.

    Would love to go, but I'm headed to Carlsbad for a week. Enjoy the hike, rain or shine! :)

    August 6

  • Donna M.

    I'll meet the group in Kernville, at the market.

    August 5

  • Steven C

    Glenn, I will meet you in Bako for a ride.

    August 5

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