EXPERIENCE WHISKEY FLAT DAYS IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY!
This is a class 1 trail hike followed by a trip to Whiskey Flat Days in Kernville, California. The hike is 3 hours with an elevation gain of 500 feet covering an approximate distance of 3.5 miles. I will be taking my time as we hike down the trail. This is a good hike for beginners or for people just looking to get out and take a short hike.
Photos and information from February 19th, 2012
The 2013 Whiskey Flat Days Claim Jumper
Whiskey Flat Days 2012
Whiskey Flat Days Weather
Part 1 - Bull Run Creek
We are meeting at the Whiskey Flat Trailhead in Kernville, CA at 8:30 am. Type the coordinates [masked], [masked]) into Google Maps for directions from your home.
- We will begin at the Whiskey Flat Trailhead.
- We will slowly hike on the dirt road and then cross over to Bull Run Creek.
- We will hike along Bull Run Creek until 10:00 am.
- We will turn around and head back to the vehicles.
Bull Run Creek 2012
Part 2 - Whiskey Flat Days
After returning to the trailhead we will load up and drive closer to Circle Park in Kernville, California where we will locate a place to park. We will separate as it works out among the booths, people, bounce houses, carnival, food, events, a climbing wall, rodeo, and live music. I plan as usual to find the nearest deep pit sandwich booth. Here is a link.
Here is a link to the Whiskey Flat Days Claim Jumper for 2013 where you will find a lot of information about Whiskey Flat Days including history, a map, sponsors, and a list of the events.
Make sure you sign up early if you want to ride a bull, steer, or sheep at the rodeo.
Whiskey Flat Days 2012
Though we will not be using the Whiskey Flat Trail much on this hike you might be interested in more information about it. Here is the information from the Stewards of the Sequoia which is a group that is very active in maintaining trails in the Kern River Valley.
"This great mountain bike/hiking/horseback trail has been neglected. In 2012 Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers invested over 500 hours to reopen the overgrown Whiskey Flat Trail. They worked hard clearing brush, removing downed trees and installing water bars to reduce erosion and make the trail enjoyable once more." Chris Horgan (2013).
You can learn more about their Trail Appreciation program at
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.