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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.

Upcoming events (2)

Worm Moonlight hike

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Spring Wildflower 🌷🌺🌼 Hike to Democrat Dam

Shell gas station on 178 at Comanche Rd

Come hike along the Kern River Trail (Flower Trail 🌷🌺🌼) to Democrat Dam. The hike is about 11 miles total to the Dam and back. It is moderate in difficulty, but subtable for new hikers.

We will hike to the Dam and have a long lunch break. Then return hike to the trailhead.

More specifics coming when we get closer.

We will meet at the Starbucks on Hwy 178 and 184 at 0730 to arrange carpooling.

I'm bringing my hiking dog, Timber. Other dogs OK if leashed and kind to Timber. 🐕‍🦺

Sometimes we have to change the dates for wildflower hikes do to best time to go. For now it's Saturday March 18th. Be flexible.

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