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Whiskey Flat Days Hike 2013

EXPERIENCE WHISKEY FLAT DAYS IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY!

Hiking Category

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

Hiking Plan


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

Trail History

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

http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/events-schedule.html

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 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I didnt make the 8:30 call...so I did a hike with my sister and dogs starting at the trail head. We must have taken a different route because we didn't run into the group at all!! Thanks for the invitation Nathan! The pictures you took were beautiful! We had a great time hiking and hopefully we will meetup with you next time!

    February 18, 2013

  • Doug

    Thanks Nathan, I made it to the waterfalls. They were beautiful. I decided not to go swimming though. I'll save that for the next time.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Very Nice and Short

    February 16, 2013

  • Kathy V.

    Thanks Nathan for a nice event!

    February 16, 2013

  • Shawn M.

    Thought it was a great hike before enjoying Whisky Flats thanks again Nathan

    February 16, 2013

  • Taira

    Fun day! Great trail, the boys and I had fun.

    February 16, 2013

  • ML

    Change of plans. Going hiking by the beach.

    February 15, 2013

  • Paul

    I'll be at Chevron 7am...would like to ride with someone, otherwise be driving myself.

    February 15, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    Sorry guys I forgot that the Color Me Rad 5k is tomorrow and my friends are not letting me out of it :( I hope you have a good time on your hike.

    February 15, 2013

  • Hanoz

    I'll be at the Chevron (11101 California 178, Bakersfield CA) at 7 AM. Hopefully we can carpool from there.

    February 15, 2013

  • Steve

    I cant make it. I need to visit a family member in the hospital. Cheers eveveryone

    February 15, 2013

  • Renee

    Sorry I have to cancel. I hope to soon
    join you all on a future hike.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which Chevron Jennifer?

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I already committed. Hoping im not counted twice. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    February 15, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    I am leaving from Bakersfield and would like to meet up at the Chevron, are you guys still planning on meeting there tomorrow morning?

    February 15, 2013

  • Gloria

    Looking forward to this hike. First in area with group :)

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Hanoz

    Will anyone be carpooling from Bakersfield? Can we meet at the Mesa Marin Chevron at 7?

    February 14, 2013

  • Renee

    I hope it is ok that I bring my 13 yr old son with me to this. Are there any objections to bringing teens on the hikes?

    February 11, 2013

    • Donna M.

      Renee, since this is an easy hike I expect others are bringing their children too.

      February 13, 2013

  • Paul

    I'd like to carpool with someone from Chevron as well.

    February 8, 2013

    • Fay S.

      Lets meet there about 645.

      February 8, 2013

    • Fay S.

      sorry,I won't be able to car pool this day

      February 12, 2013

  • walter f.

    Sorry, but we will be at the coast

    February 10, 2013

  • Fay S.

    Anyone want to carpool from chevron on 178??

    February 8, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Perhaps you will want to say a word of thanks to Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers who adopted the Whiskey Flat trail and spent over 500 hours clearing it last year so it would be passable and enjoyable once again.
    You can find out more about Stewards of the Sequoia at http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/WhoWeAre.html

    February 8, 2013

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