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KRP Peak - Sprague Peak - Red Tail Hawk Point - Riparian Forest Loop Hike

HIKING IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY IS EPIC!


Hiking Category

This is a class 2 cross country hike in the Kern River Valley. This hike is over 7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 1900 feet. While this isn't the most difficult hike in the world I would not classify it as easy. If you are not in reasonably good hiking shape then this may not be the hike for you. The weather is very unpredictable this time of year so be prepared for rain, cold, snow, wind, and hot weather. A link to the National Weather Service is provided for your reference. We must complete this hike in 5.5 hours or less which is plenty of time but we may need to speed up near the end to get back before dark. This hike will include awesome views of the Kern River Valley, amazing hiking terrain, 3 peaks, and a beautiful Riparian Forest wonderland wearing it's winter coat.

An epic afternoon hike that is reasonably close to home, and as we say here in Kern Valley... YOLO

01-24-2012. View from Sprague Peak

Weather

Hiking Category

  • We will meet at the Sierra Gateway Spirit Gas Station in South Lake at 11:30am.
  • We will drive to the Sierra Way KRP Trailhead [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike up the steep ridge to KRP Peak (4380') [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike down to Sprague Peak (3928') [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike down to Red-Tail Hawk Point (3061') [masked], [masked]).
  • We will hike down to the Riparian forest, and make our way back to the trailhead along the South Fork of the Kern River which may or may not be dry at that time.

02-11-2012. View from Red Tail Hawk Point.

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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  • Taira

    Great leader and great hike as always!! Thanks Nathan!!

    December 31, 2012

  • Tom A.

    I'm at the Sierra Spirit store now

    December 30, 2012

  • Tracy E.

    I drive a nissan Xterra.

    December 29, 2012

    • Tom A.

      Sure

      December 29, 2012

    • Tracy E.

      Tom, I won't be going after all. :). I hope you guys have a great day

      December 30, 2012

  • Tom A.

    What kind of car u driving

    December 29, 2012

  • Tracy E.

    Hello, Is anyone starting from Bakersfield? We can meet at Mesa Marin at 10:30?

    December 29, 2012

    • Tom A.

      I am

      December 29, 2012

    • Tracy E.

      I can I catch a ride with you or would you like to ride with me?

      December 29, 2012

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