Wishon Fork Trail day hike. (Credit goes to Scott Crow for most of this writeup.)
Meet at the Hodel's parking lot at 7:00 a.m. Her we will establish carpools. The drive takes 1½ hours from Bakersfield. Head north on Highway 99 three miles to the Porterville exit, and follow Highway 65 about 40 miles north. Just before Porterville, take the Lake Success (Highway 190) exit and drive 19 miles east on Highway 190 to Springville. About 7 miles past town, turn left and drive 4 miles up Wishon Drive, a steep, winding road to Camp Wishon. This last turnoff is just before the Tule River Power House on Highway 190.
The hike up the Wishon Fork (North Fork of the Middle Fork) of the Tule River begins as an easy 5½-mile (round trip) trek to forested campsites, but can be turned into a moderate 9-mile hike to an old miners cabin or a strenuous longer loop on historic trails that lead past waterfalls, fishing holes, old mines, and Giant Sequoias. The trail begins at the Camp Wishon day use parking area and there are plenty of parking spots available.
Turn around at any point, based on your own wishes. Just be sure to let one of the other hikers know your intentions so we don't think you got lost!
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*** 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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