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Sentinel Peak Sunday Afternoon Hike


Hiking Category

This is a short and fun class 1 hike with a brief class 2 section. This means that most of the hike is on the trail, but that a small piece of it is cross country. The hike is 2.4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1390 feet. This is a short hike so we will be maintaining an easy pace so that we can look around and enjoy the beautiful region. We will leave Kernville at noon, and though I cannot predict for certain I would estimate that we will be back to Kernville by 4:30.

View from Sentinel Peak. 05-30-2011.

Hiking Plan

  • We are leaving Kernville at noon.
  • We will drive to the trailhead [masked], [masked]) which should take about 40 minutes.
  • We will hike up the trail to Sentinel Peak [masked], [masked]) (6109') and back. 3 hours or less.
  • We will drive back to Kernville. 40 minutes.

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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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  • Taira

    Really enjoyed this hike! Thanks Nathan!!

    October 7, 2012

  • Paul

    Very steep, but definately worth the effort.

    October 7, 2012

  • Dave

    Great Sunday afternoon hike.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another awesome hike. Thanks Nathan!

    October 7, 2012

  • Andrew H

    Driving from my Lassen Co. home to my Camp Nelson place via Owens Valley and this may be the first time things line up for me to attend a KRV hiking event. I may come over Sherman Pass after camping, so I'll likely try to meet at the trailhead near Sentinel. Been by Sentinel Peak 100 times but never up it, always on the way to another hike. With my luck, the KRV hiking group started about when I moved my primary residence from Nelson up to Lassen.

    October 6, 2012

  • Kim R.

    Hi everyone! Looking forward to another beautiful hike. We've got a carload here in Bako so we will skip Chevron this time and meet up with all of you in Kernville.

    October 6, 2012

  • Stephanie G.

    Hi guys! this will be my first hike with this meetup group, I'm really excited!! Larry, if you are still wanting to carpool, I will be at the Mesa Chevron at 1045. Cheers!

    October 6, 2012

  • Larry W.

    Bako carpoolers meet at the Mesa Marin Chevron (junction 178 & 184) at 1045

    October 2, 2012

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