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Powers Peak Day Hike

 Powers Peak is a favorite in the Kern River Valley.


Cannell Trail.

Hiking Category

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.

Hiking Plan

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.

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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  • Tony E.

    Good hike, good group

    May 7, 2012

  • Nathan P.

    Considering this was my first hike I had a lot of fun. It was a good challenge and a great workout. I hope to do more hikes like this soon.

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun hike! This is a strong group, and it was nice hiking with everyone. I got the note Mark! lol. Nice job everybody!

    May 6, 2012

  • Jennifer

    I'm too tired to tag all my pics. Anyone is welcome to do so!

    May 6, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Great Hike with wonderful people! Nice to meet everyone. Now it's nap time :)

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guy I'll be at the kernville store. I need ice water!! See you soon

    May 6, 2012

  • Ryan M.

    Sorry for missing the hike!...I mistakenly noted 9:30 instead of 9:00 as the meet-up time at Spirit. See you next time!

    May 6, 2012

  • Tony E.

    Only me at the Chevron :(

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at chevron in a black jeep. Ill be here until 8:15.

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, thank you Sally.

    May 5, 2012

  • Sally T.

    Adriana, it's the Mesa Marin Chevron, located at Hwy 178 and Kern Canyon Road (Hwy 184), address is 11101 Hwy 178. Hope that helps.

    May 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone tell me what road/route is184? There are several chevrons along hwy 178. I want to meet there in the morning to see anyone else shows up to carpool.

    May 5, 2012

  • Taira

    Hi Nathan, would this be a hike that I could do with baby Warren in his carrier? Is it one that I could turn back if I needed to? Thanks, Taira

    May 4, 2012

  • Bill B.

    For those wanting to carpool from Bakersfield I suggest you meet at the Chevron Station at the corner of 178 and 184 at 8:15. I haven't decided if I will be going yet. Probably last minute decision but those who are going just meet there and catch a ride with those who are willing to drive...

    May 4, 2012

  • Steve

    Hello Everyone, Im not sure if I should change my RSVP. I am planning on attending this hike but I will be out at another location and I am not sure if I will be back in time. If I am not there DO NOT WAIT FOR ME. Cheers Everyone,
    Steve

    May 4, 2012

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