--- HIKING IN KERN VALLEY ROCKS ---
All right then there is a lot of snow now on the Greenhorn Summit, and I think that Alta Sierra might open this week. This hike is easily accessible from Bakersfield, and it is rated as a class 2 snowshoe as there is no trail. We will need to monitor the snow levels up there as well as the road conditions prior to the hike. It might snow more up there on Saturday and then be clear for us making the conditions excellent. Trekking poles and snowshoes should be considered essential equipment and you need to be in reasonably good hiking condition to complete this hike. The total distance for this hike is 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 feet. If you are coming and you have extra snowshoes that hikers can use then please speak up. Likewise if you can carpool hikers up icy Highway 155 from the parking lot to the sand shed then please speak up.
TIME TO GO PLAY IN THE SNOW!
Greenhorn Summit Sand Shed. 02-20-2012.
Click here for the weather
- We will meet at Clinica Sierra Vista parking lot in Wofford Heights at 10:00am. [masked], [masked]). Nice and late to give us all time to sleep in on New Years Day.
- We will carpool/caravan up the potentially icy road requiring chains and/or a 4x4 to the the sand shed on the Greenhorn Summit [masked], [masked]) (6130') where we will park.
- After taking out the appropriate gear we will hike north up to the logging road, and then follow it east to the Black Saddle (6245'). From there we will continue east and up until we locate the "ducked" route to Black Mountain (7428') [masked], [masked]).
- From there we can hike down and east a short distance to eat lunch and enjoy the view of the Kern River Valley and scenic Lake Isabella from Black Point (7334') [masked], [masked]).
- We will hike the short distance back up to the summit of Black Mountain and then head back to the cars.
Greenhorn Summit. 02-20-2012.
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.