Little Kern Lake

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Little Kern Lake is a 28 mile out and back trail located near Springville, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

28.0 miles 5200 feet Out & Back

dog friendly




fly fishing


horseback riding





wild flowers


Little Kern Lakes is a long hike. at approximately 14 miles one way! However, this is a perfect trip for a 3 day weekend. Push hard the first day, rest the second and explore both lakes, and than return on the 3rd day. Fishing is great too. Little Kern Lake sits adjacent to the Kern River. The lake was created during a landslide event nearby in the mid 1800s. Some time after the formation of Little Kern Lake, the upper lake, known as Kern Lake, was formed in the winter of 1867-68. Heavy rains, saturated soils, large snowpack, and steep slopes created the landslide backing up water several hundred feet high. Today one can observe these past landslide events on Google Earth.

1 year ago

1 year ago

This is a great place to visit. Awesome views if you head into to saddles. Great fishing in big lake on kern river.

2 years ago

Hiked out from Lewis Camp for a long loop that included the Big and Little Kern Lakes. Volcano Falls is very much worth the hike, even in this dry year.

4 years ago

You start at the Jerkey Mdw TH and you cross the Little Kern Bridge, go through Trout and Willow Mdw then down through Grasshopper Flat and Little Kern Lake is just above that after you climb the Devils Staircase. The Hockett Trail is in good shape but there are alot of pack trains going through. The lake is just gorgeous a must see.