Packsaddle Cave Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Packsaddle Cave Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles 1650 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

cave

river

views

wildlife

over grown

Hike begins about 16 miles north of Kernville on Mtn. 99. Just north of the Fairview Campground. Trail climbs 3 miles to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave to see the remaining stalactites and stalagmites . Trail gains elevation fairly constantly with a 900 ft gain to cross the ridge/saddle. Along this incline you can see deer brush. manzanita, live oak, digger pine and sagebrush. Trail dips down to the creek - crossing it about three times. Cave has stalactites and stalagmites - bring flashlight.

hiking
21 days ago

great hike! and the cave was a nice finish!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate work out for an old guy
1.5 hours from Bakersfield
1.15 hours to cave
1.0 hour back down
Note: there are 2 caves - the easiest one is the unanmed one a bit further up the canyon on the USGS topo. Look for a cairn on the trail pointing to the side route.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a butt kicker! But well worth the hike. The first part of the trail is an uphill climb, when you get to the ridge and down the other side you can rest and cool off by the creek. Other than the cave this was my favorite spot (except for the bugs). After the three creek crossings, some small ups and downs in about quarter of a mile, then
the last incline up to the cave is pretty steep. Take a flashlight to explore the cave, which was absolutely phenomenal! The trek back was difficult, a steep climb up after the last creek crossing and then down hill on the broken shale covered trail. I'm 61, not an avid hiker but my grandsons are and it kicked their butts too. Take plenty, plenty, plenty of water and I suggest you do it in cooler weather, not much shade. I added this hike to my bucket list and it's checked off!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Hike was pretty intense for it being labeled easy. I do cardio for an hour a day and this trail kick my a**. Took about 4 hours stopping pretty regularly on the way up. I don't know how some of y'all took kids to this cave....I thought I was going to run out of water. Definitely worth it though!

hiking
5 months ago

The cave is definitively worth the hike. Avoid the mid day heat. Beautiful wild flowers along the way. A couple of steep spots, otherwise easy climb.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty interesting hike but well worth it at the end to see the caves

5 months ago

We hiked this 2/27/16 it is pretty tough hike. It was a challenge to find the cave but in the end it was all worth it. It was beautiful inside the cave we would have never found it if I had not read the reviews on here as well as someone being kind to make trail markers on rocks with a sharpie pen. Not a hike you would want to do if the temperature is above 85 degrees to hot...

amazing trail it's a bit difficult but worth the trip. the cave is massive

hiking
6 months ago

This was def worth the hike! The cave was awesome! Take flashlights and enjoy the incline, it kicked my booty! Then again I'm a slow poke beginner!

6 months ago

The first leg of this trail kicked my booty!! Pretty steep! Maybe I'm just a slow poke, but it took 4 hours! The cave was awesome! Take flashlights and a head lamp!
Worth it though ;)

hiking
6 months ago

Good. Views aren't amazing but the limestone cave at the end was awesome. Things are muddy down by the river and bugs are all over the place. The first part of the hike was the most difficult, after which it's a series of mostly ups and downs but nothing as steep as the first part (a continuous climb). Would recommend.

6 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

What a reward at the end! This trail wasn't particularly glamorous leading to the cave, but there were some nice views when you're at the higher elevation areas of the hike. Once you descend from your first climb, you'll come to a creek and have several creek crossings, all easily manageable. The area is a bit overgrown, but the trail can still be easily followed, so don't let that deter you. Once you come out from the creek, you'll notice a large tree that is leaning over heavily, and the trail to the cave is shortly after this. There will be a split in the trail, and take a LEFT here to go up the hill. The cave is a about 500 ft up the hill, and easily visible once you have taken the trail up the hill. The cave is awesome! It goes back a few hundred feet, has a few chambers, and many formations still. There are some areas in the back that have been obviously damaged by people, and the entrance is littered with graffiti, but it honestly doesn't take away that much from experiencing the cave. Enjoy!

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this trail!! Can't wait to do it again!!!

8 months ago

Still snow on the trail and didn't make it to the cave as there's an icy wall covering the trail making it treacherous.

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was a pretty cool hike. I've probably hike this like 5X now. The cave is quite difficult to spot, but things to remember to be able to spot it: you will cross some streams and it would look more like a forest, you're probably about 15-20 minutes from the cave. Just look on your left, you will start to hike on SOLID ROCKS rather than dirt and it becomes dirt again and the road should divide in 2. Take the Left and the cave can be seen. Enjoy.

9 months ago

This is an awesome trail .
I mean I'm sure there is many more cooler places to go or much more nicer but this particular trail is my favorite ..
(661)304-8377 I'm from Bakersfield so hit me up if you are down to hike I'm always looking for a challenge haha
And if u are a girl even better :)