Hart Park Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, CA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is an informal trail along the Kern River in a community park. It's good for bird watching or for exercise but is not terribly esthetically pleasing due to large amounts of trash and obvious human impact. Trail passes along the Kern River through scrub habitat and borders Hart Park which is a park with picnic tables, barbecue grills, ponds, seasonal boat rentals. The linear trail is not marked but follows the river edge. Lots of bird species due to diverse habitat. Crowded on weekends.
Went up for the 1st time at the end of November and enjoyed it. Nice, easy hike with a few steep inclines
Spring time and winter time it is actually very beautiful, summer time is NOT a time to go. However, it's still a good hike!
It's not pretty but the trail is cool
This is a "trail" you would definitely want to do during the spring or winter IMO. Everything is green, the skies are crisp blue early in the morning and all the mountains in the distance are capped with snow. Would not recommend during summer, unless you just enjoy getting burnt and dusty as there are no trees for shade (that I have ever found), but it is nice exercise away from the city I will admit.
Great trail close to the city.. Did not complete the loop since it was hot but will start earlier next time.
Great family hike and the kids did some digging for shark teeth we did find some. Beautiful views of the foothills, The Kern River and Lake Ming.
Great beginners trail. I would come out here at least once a week until it got easy getting to the top. Great view of the kern river and mountains. You can see the AYSO soccer park too
This park needs a bathroom and more trash cans because people in Bako are inconsiderate about throwing theirs away.
Easy hike, nice view, especially now that everything is green because of the rain from last months
Beautiful views over looking the hills and lake. Easy enough but still a good workout!
I like these trails. There are so many ways you can go through and over these hills. Great for beginners and conditioning. I'm going to try to make they a weekly hike for conditioning. Wish me luck.
Sharktooth Hill is absolutely private property. You may not be there without the owner's permission. If you want to go, you may contact Buena Vista Natural History Museum in downtown Bakersfield, CA. They offer special archeological digs to Sharktooth Hill. There are many Mako teeth found, and even the occasional Megalodon tooth. The admission price is expensive, but you will definitely find teeth, and go with experts. You may look up Sharktooth Hill on google search, and find a documentary on it.
Hart Park in Bakersfield has various trails. My very favorite is one I have been taking my now eight year old grandson to since he has been one year old. It follows the Kern river. Because of flooding over the past eight years, the trail has changed over time. It has been a great way to teach my grandson about geology, environment, and science. The trail is used by a lot of people, and sad to say, they are incredibly thoughtless, throwing their trash everywhere, (even into the river itself-INFURIATING!!), and not picking up after their dogs. I love this trail because there are wild gourds, wild black raspberries, egrets, rabbits, ground squirrels, the occasional bobcat, skunks and raccoons at night, mallards on the river, and lots of wild flowers, and fallen trees. It would be perfect if it weren't Bakersfield people who were so inconsiderate.
If you go across the street from CALM is Sharktooth hill. a very small set of trails winding over and between the hills. not too difficult but numorous fossils and arrowheads can be found. great place for rockhounds.