Powers Peak is a favorite in the Kern River Valley.
This hike is easily accessible from Bakersfield and probably more easy than moderate due to the high quality of the trail. This is a class 1 hike, but I have listed it as moderate because it is 10+ miles round trip with 3350 feet of elevation gain. Click here for photos from last time.
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Powers Peak Hikers 11-05-2011.
We are leaving the James Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville at 9:00, and we should be at the trailhead [masked], [masked]) and hiking by 9:30.We will spread out and then hike up the maintained and popular Cannell Trail. On the way through the four gates to the Powers Peak Turnoff [masked], [masked]) we will be hiking through areas that were impacted by the Bull Fire in 2010. From there we will make the short but steep ascent past the chimney to the summit [masked], [masked])(5773').
At the "Singing Gate." 11-05-2012.
We will enjoy the view, check out the plaque, take pictures, sign the register, eat lunch, and some may choose to explore the area for Harley Mine. I recommend reading T39 in the book Exploring the Southern Sierra : East Side for some interesting history about the area. Several years ago the mountain was renamed in honor of the late local historian Bob Powers.
After enjoying the summit we will head back down the trail to the cars.
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 ).
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