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Welcome to the Kern Valley Hiking Club! The club was founded in the 1985 by the Jenkins Family as they authored their books. It is recommended that you purchase their books Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side and Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side. The author is J.C. Jenkins and Ruby Johnson Jenkins. We refer to the description in these books to tell you about the hike that you are attending. 

The Kern Valley Hiking Club is for people that are in decent shape that want to get outdoors and experience fun places without getting too extreme about it. The club is committed to hiking on Saturday. The hikes don't need to take all day, but they can if members want. The boundaries are defined by the books Exploring the Southern Sierra by Ruby Jenkins. Most of the hikes will either be in her book, or in places nearby not listed in the book. Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, and if you are looking for some people to go with you to a particular place then you have found the right group. 

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Cedar Creek Exploratory Hike, off trail

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Hi folks, this is an adventure hike! The trail isn’t clear, so lots of climbing over trees, rocks and water ways. This hike isn’t about distance or speed but to explore! The hike is Cedar Creek and hasn’t been used very frequently or cleared in years. You will get dirty, muddy and covered with ash, so wear old clothes.
With that said, Rudy will be leading this and it will be limited to 15 people. You’ll be responsible for yourself and personal safety. Rudy will maintain a medium pace nevertheless, stopping to enjoy the scenery. He has been on this trail once and stopped because of fresh Bear scat that was found. The trail will have a couple of small caves, waterfalls, remains of animal bones and who knows what other surprises. Everyone can turn around at anytime but strongly suggest you find a partner to track back to the car.
Feel free to contact Rudy for more information regarding what the hike will be about. Hikers will meet at 8am at the park and ride by the Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 9th.
Hikers wishing to attend should place themselves on the wait list. The group will be kept small due to the difficulty of the hike.

*** 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.
*** 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 of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Valley Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activity.

Just a nice hike! @ Wind Wolves 🐺 🐺 Attendees’ Choice

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Arrive and meet early enough to start hiking 🥾 at 8:15 am from “The Crossing”. Wind Wolves opens at 8:00 am.

I was there last Saturday & starting at this time wasn’t too bad 🥵

Please DM me if you have any questions.

“The Crossing” is 5.4 miles from the highway entrance.

Enter WW 🐺🐺 from North.
@ 3 miles, turn Right.
@ 3.7 miles, Left at Stop 🛑 sign, following directions displayed on sign to “The Crossing”.
@ 4.8 miles, Straight through Stop 🛑 sign, again following directions displayed on sign to “ The Crossing”.
@ 5.4 miles is “The Crossing” and its parking area.

Let’s go 7-12 miles or so. Longer or shorter all okay 👌 with me. I know this place well by now. It really is a hidden gem 💎 Normally it has better AQ than Bakersfield. 👍

***All of our Kern Valley Hiking Club Group’s basic regular hiker responsibilities and release of liabilities apply here, as stated on all of our events.

Please refer to them if you have any questions.

*** 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.

*** 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 of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Valley Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.
By RSVPing you and those you bring with you as your guests ARE agreeing to the above statements.

CANCELED-BACKPACK White Wolf To Pate Valley, Grand Canyon Of Tuolome, Glen Aulin

Rick Maykoski has a reservation for backpacking this summer he can share with the group. This trip is an Intermediate Backpacking trip.
Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17
4 people on permit. White Wolf to Pate Valley, Grand Canyon of Tuolome, Glen Aulin, exit at Tuolome meadows.

Rick Maykoski
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Please ask questions in comments. Note the fees due to Rick for purchasing the permit and campsite fees. For Pate Valley cost is $5 per person (permit) plus $8/per night at Backpackers campground.

Sign up if you are interested and you will be put on the waitlist. Three people will be moved to "Attending" closer to the trip date.

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Intro to Backpacking trip Cottonwood Lakes

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$8.00

This hike is approximately 11 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 1,140 feet. We will be seeing the high alpine Cottonwood Lakes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This hike will be at 10,000 to 11,155 feet above sea level.

Our Plan:
Pam obtained a permit for 6 people. Cost is $8.00 per person for the permit.
We can camp at Horseshoe Meadows campground on Friday night, July 22. Sleeping in your car is allowed here. The campground closest to the trailhead is the Cottonwood Lakes Trail Campground. If you wish to use a campsite, it is First Come, First Served. Campsite fee will in addition to the permit fee.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=20692&actid=29

Saturday, July 23 we will move cars closer to the trailhead and hike to the unnamed lake east of Lake 3 and make camp. We can hike to Muir Lake and explore on Sunday and exit on Monday, July 25.

Trail info on AllTrails here:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/cottonwood-lake-3-4-5-via-cottonwood-lakes-and-army-pass-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map

It's a beautiful place. Here is the weather report (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-118.2040111613813&lat=36.49299216697176#.WTNS3evyte8).

There is some information about the area in the Book Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side by Ruby Jenkins on pages[masked].

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*** 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.

*** 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 of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Valley Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

By RSVPing you ARE agreeing to the above statements.

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The Last Annual Isabella Peak hike and Firework show!

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