EXERCISE IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY!
Scenic Lake Isabella.
This is a short but steep class 1 & 2 morning hike for conditioning, exercise, and the view. It is 2.5 miles round trip to Hayes Peak (4720') with just over 2000 feet of elevation gain. This normally takes me about 2 hours so figure 3 hours maximum. It is good exercise, and a lot of fun. Trekking poles are advised. (Click here for information from[masked])
The trailhead is easy to locate. There is a dirt parking area just west of Lake Isabella off of highway 178 on the corner of Highway 178 and Yankee Canyon Drive. Copy and Paste[masked], [masked] into Google Maps to get directions from your home.
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View of Lake Isabella and beyond. 01-22-2012.
We will meet at the trailhead at 7:30am, and then hike up the trail. We will continue up the trail for about a mile, and then hike cross country for about a quarter mile to the summit. The views of Lake Isabella are fantastic all the way up.
On the way down from Hayes Peak. 01-22-2012.
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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 Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).
LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY statements:
*** 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.