Day Hike - This hike with the driving from Kernville should be between 8 and 9 hours. The total distance is 9.4 miles round trip and the elevation gain is 2045 feet. This is my first time doing this hike so we all need to stay together and take our time with the navigation.
The plan is to meet at the James Market in Kernville at 7:00am. I figure it will take us about 1.5 hours to get to the trailhead (36.120545, -118.543195), but it might be slightly less than that. We will be hiking on the Summit National Recreation Trail (31E14) beginning at Quaking Aspen Campground ( pdf flyer here) off of Western Divide Highway ( pdf flyer here).
I figure we will be setting out on the trail at around 8:30am. The plan is to follow the trail to the top, and then make the short climb near the top to the summit where we can eat lunch and enjoy a great view. After that we will head back down the trail to the cars, and then drive back to the James Market in Kernville.
I have been wanting to get over and hike on this trail for awhile now so I am excited to head up there and check it out. Quaking Aspen is a beautiful place. I expect that it may be somewhat warm so bring lots of water.
So how long will it take to get there?
We all wonder this when we are heading out to go hiking so wouldn't it be great if we could keep track of this information in a centralized location that we can all reference? To further this cause it would be great if you could keep track of where you started, where you stopped, and the time it takes for you to get there. Over time, and if we all contribute, then we will have a very complete list. Please email this information as you keep track of it to [masked] and I will update the list. Please let me know also if this information isn't consistent with your experience so that we can adjust this information for future hikers.
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