Isabella Peak & Whiskey Flat Days in Kernville


Whiskey Flat Days Booths. Circle Park. Kernville.



Part 1. Isabella Peak

Hiking Category 

This is an easy class 1 hike with views of scenic Lake Isabella and the amazing Kern River Valley. This hike is on a maintained trail the entire way, and it is three miles round trip with an elevation gain of 350 feet. We will be taking our time as we go, and this hike is suitable for families and children. 

View from bench area on the way to Isabella Peak.


  Isabella Peak Weather 


Hiking Plan

We will meet at the dirt area in front of the Hungry Gulch campground. Type these coordinates [masked], [masked]) into Google Maps, and you can get directions from home.

At 9:30 we will walk a short distance to the trailhead and sign-in the log that they have there. We will hike up the graded trail past the sealed Coso Mine to the bench area where we will enjoy the expansive view of Lake Isabella for awhile. After that we will continue on the trail to Isabella Peak (3025') where we will relax and enjoy the magnificent view.

Some of the things visible from the summit are Lake Isabella, Lake Isabella Dam, and Lake Isabella Auxiliary Dam, The town of Lake Isabella, Boulder Gulch, Hayes Peak, Cooks Peak, the Kern Plateau, Split Mountain, Coso Peak, Nicolls Peak, Hanning Peak and much more.

Click here for photos from the Independence Day Hike back in July of 2011.

When we start getting hungry we will hike the short distance back to the vehicles so that we can drive over and get some good food in Kernville during Whiskey Flat Days.

View from Isabella Peak of Engineers Point and Auxiliary Dam.


Part 2. Whiskey Flat Days 2012 - "Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Outlaws!"


Whiskey Flat Days. Kernville near Riverfront Park.

After returning to the trailhead we will load up and drive for about 10 minutes to Kernville, California where we will locate a place to park. We will separate as it works out among the booths, people, bounce houses, carnival, food, events, a climbing wall, rodeo, and live music. I plan to find the nearest deep pit sandwich booth. Here is a link to the Whiskey Flat Days Claim Jumper where you will find a lot of information about Whiskey Flat Days including history, a map, sponsors, and a list of the events.


Make sure you sign up early if you want to ride a bull, steer, or sheep at the rodeo at 1:00 (click here). 


The encampment runs until 2:00. Click here for more information about the Encampment events, and photos.


Hiking in the morning, and then fun at Riverfront and Circle Parks during Whiskey Flat Days. This is sure to be a blast in the Kern River Valley!


Carnival Ride at Whiskey Flat Days.


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 ).



*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies.  You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards.  You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** 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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  • Tony E.

    Nice hike, great people, good fun.

    February 20, 2012

  • Taira

    It was another great hike with a great group of people. I enjoyed meeting everyone and the hike was beautiful.

    February 20, 2012

  • Pedro Ruiz A.

    excelent, beautiful view, funny day at Wiskey Flats...unforgetable!!

    February 20, 2012

  • Sonja Dahnee J.

    We had a great time. The people in the group were wonderful, warm, and welcoming. Can not wait to attend another Meetup.

    February 20, 2012

  • Paul

    A wee bit cold in the morning, but Whiskey Flat Days was enjoyable, unfortunately my frog didn't win in the race, so I ate it for dinner.

    February 19, 2012

  • Sue SLOW P.

    Thank you Nathan. I really enjoyed meeting everyone! I hope to hike with you all again.

    February 19, 2012

  • Bill B.

    Is anyone from Bakersfield interested in hiking the Stark Creek trail in the Canyon on the way back? The trail is a round trip five mile moderate to somewhat steep in places trail. We can be up and back in a little over two hours. It is a good workout. If so, you can hitch a ride with me and meet me at Chevron on the corner of 178 and 84. Please let me know if interested...Bill

    February 17, 2012

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