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The Southern Sierra Hiking Club features hiking activities all year round in local mountains and wilderness areas of Kern and Tulare Counties; featuring the Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. We hike on trails, scramble, climb peaks, go cross country, snowshoe and backpack. Other areas we hike include the Tehachapi and San Emigdio Mountains, the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests, AND, extended holiday adventures to popular multi-state destinations!

Beginners are welcome!

We now have a sister Meetup group Southern Sierra Conditioning Hikes, SSCH, with three levels of conditioning hikes presented at Hart Park east of Bakersfield. Hart Park provides the bluffs needed for the extra strength training hills can provided compared to flat lands of west Bakersfield. Check the schedule for Beginners, Intermediate (or Moderate), and Advanced. The hikes are between 3 to 6 miles and completed in 1.5 to 2 hours. Advanced Hikes can go as far as 7 or 8 miles. We have had great success and a lot of fun doing these roller coaster type hikes so we are in better shape for our day hikes and camping trips to the many beautiful, awe inspiring areas mentioned above.

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Last Chance Canyon Loop Hike - Red Rock Canyon State Park


This pleasant desert-stroll through sandy washes, rocky bluffs and craggy hills, some mining ruins and a pink-cast canyon is an SSHC tradition around this time of year.

We'll trek north thru the steep walls of a gorge cut thru the rising El Paso Mountains in the Last Chance Canyon drainage. Bounded by the left lateral Garlock Fault to the south, a major fault in southern California.

We'll take lunch with an optional view atop a little hill that takes just a bit of scrambling to reach. The hike is a lolly-pop at 11 Miles and about a 900' elevation gain.

When we exit north thru the canyon, we will be in Red Rock country hiking down a dry creek, scaling down a dry waterfall towards the pink canyon.

The hike is moderate and an all-day adventure so bring snacks, lunch, at least 2 liters of water. Wear clothing appropriate for changing Weather. Check the forecast.

We may be sharing the loop with a few 4x4s as this is a popular rock-crawling area and open to off-road vehicles. This won't impact our hike in any way.

No dogs allowed inside this State Park, sorry. Great hike for beginners.



(Posted in June 2021, assuming we can safely car pool in Feb 2022)

Bakersfield hikers carpool from the Starbucks at Hwy 58 & Weedpatch at 6:45AM - we will leave at 7AM sharp. Desert area hikers will meet us at the Jawbone Canyon Store at around 8AM where we will drive on to the trailhead by about 8:30.

IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO CARPOOL, parking at the trailhead it limited.

Directions: Bakersfield hikers leave by 7AM from the Starbucks at Hwy 58 & Weedpatch. Carpool to Jawbone Canyon Store on Hwy 14 north of California City (just south of Red Rock Canyon). The Bakersfield hikers will car pool and arrive at the store by about 8:15AM.


Drive about 1 mile north on Hwy 14 to the Red Rock - Randsburg road, turn right and travel east about 5 miles to the Last Chance Canyon dirt road, turn left and follow the road less than 1 mile to the mouth of the canyon. We will meet at the trailhead about 8:45AM.

*** 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.

*** 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 of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

Code of Conduct for this hike:(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CVnIeD1VLNAHj1g8I_QP1PqmD1N1cibdxcHoxFSvlk0/edit?usp=sharing)

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