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Sunday Afternoon Hike to Sunday Peak



Hiking Category

This is a class 1 hike that is about 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1405 feet. All of the hike is on a trail, making it a good choice for beginning hikers and families.

San Joaquin Valley from Sunday Peak. 06-19-2011.


Hiking Plan

We will meet at the sand shed on the Greenhorn Summit [masked], [masked]) at 1:00pm, and then carpool/caravan 6.5 miles on the dirt road to the trailhead [masked], [masked]). I have seen passenger vehicles on this road, but I recommend trucks and such.  The sand shed is at the intersection of Highway 155 and Rancheria Road, Alta Sierra, CA.

We will hike up 1.6 miles with an elevation gain of 1105 feet on the trail through the trees to the top of Sunday Peak.

From there we will head back down on the trail to the cars on the Sunday Peak Trail (31E66).

This hike is about 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1405 feet. The trees are fantastic, and the view from Sunday Peak is fantastic. We won't be in any hurry at all so  the whole thing should take about 2-3 hours. It can get hot so bring plenty of water.




 Credits:  photos and description by Nathan Schultz, edited by Donna McGroarty.  For more information, see Kern Valley Hiking webpage.

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 under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).


*** 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

    Great day!! Good company

    September 22, 2013

  • Esperanza

    Beautiful, Larry was a wonderful guide not to mention a lifesaver, and fantastic baker :)

    September 22, 2013

  • Larry W.

    Bako carpoolers meet at the Mesa Marin Chevron station at 1145

    September 18, 2013

    • John

      Is there an address for that? I need to carpool

      September 21, 2013

    • Hanoz

      11101 California 178, Bakersfield, CA 93306

      September 22, 2013

  • Esperanza

    Hi, I know there is a waiting list and I don't believe there was an option to bring a friend when I signed up, but I would like to bring a friend with me. Can the organizer let me know if this would be possible? Thank you.

    September 3, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Hi Pedro, I'm not comfortable leading hikes for groups larger than 15 at this time. If you're interested, Nathan is leading this same hike on Saturday, Sept 14. He has room in his group for you and your wife.
    Go here:

    August 31, 2013

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