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hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful scenery, easy hike. Easy to get to. Great for beginners.

Very steep for the first mile then trails drops down to the creek, follow the creek upstream and then up to Packsaddle cave. The cave is nice so bring a flashlight or headlamp.

walking
9 days ago

The trees are absolutely magnificent. It''s a really easy drive from Bakersfield and it gets pretty nice when you get closer, as the forest gets more dense. It's a simple walk a long a paved path so you can take anyone young or old. If you're looking for something a little more adventuresome, take the same road a little farther north and head up Dome Rock for great views.

hiking
14 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. The first mile or so is indeed steep and I had to stop several times. The trail looked like it had recently been trimmed near the ridge. It was very easy to follow except near the creek. I had to rely on GPS to get me pointed in the right direction a few times. There were some icy spots along the creek that looked cool and didn't hamper with moving. I came across some motocross guys that came off the Rincon trail looking for the caves. They were lost and missed the turn to head up to the cave. I cannot say enough about how impressive the cave was. There is plenty to explore. I'd recommend a headlamp if you have one. Overall the trail was difficult but the payoff was well worth the effort.

Great hike with the family. My 7 year old was able to make it to and back without help but my 4 and 5 year old had to be carried a couple times to keep up the pace. If you have the time to go slow kids will do fine, it may be a little tough for them but the fun they'll have in the cave is well worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike beautiful views and lots of climbing and exploring.

Love this little hike near Kernville! I’ve done it twice. Once in the summer and once this winter. Winter is more ideal because half of the trail doesn’t have any shade so it gets warm quick. The cave is much larger than you would expect so bring a flashlight!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was a little disappointing. Went on this trail trip with my Bakersfield College Forestry class and the forester that guided us did not know anything about anything. The trees are big and the trail was really great for people with wheelchairs but wildlife was awkwardly absent. I really did not like that wildlife was absent.

walking
1 month ago

11/24/18 Great little walk through some giants. Entire path is paved and highly trafficked. Very touristy location. It was pretty cool considering it was our first encounter with the sequoias. After we left here we drove north to hike Camp Nelson trail. It was a great balance as there were very few people and still saw some grand sequoias!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail. Yes, I’d rate it as easy. Relatively flat, how far you want to go is really the only question. We hiked 2 miles in. We didn’t hurry, so the complete time hiking was about 2 hours total. Later learned trail end just about .5 mile farther, so we wished we’d just completed it. Next time. Trail goes along the side of the river. Lots of fisherman scattered here and there. Finished the day with a great lunch at Kern River Brewing in Kernville. It was a perfect day trip.

My husband and I took our 4, 5 and 7 year old on this trail over the weekend. I would rate it as moderate for children. We held our 4 & 5 year olds hand the first 2 miles (we only went half a mile past the hard part. It took 3 hours to complete 5 miles with 3 young kids) several times we had to have our 7 year old pause so we could also help her across some really narrow slippery spots. It’s a beautiful trail that my kids loved but it gave mom a bit of anxiety. If you plan on taking younger kids I would suggest 1 adult to 1 kid and hiking boots for the kids. Some spots one trip or loss of balance can result in a pretty bad accident. We plan on going back without the kids for a less stressful trip and so we can complete the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

The first mile definitely made me question my life decisions. You gain 1000 feet of elevation immediately in the hike. After that, the hike takes you exploring through the creek and ends up at an amazing cave. Make sure to bring flashlights, as you could spend hours exploring.

walking
2 months ago

Great stroll.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Quick jaunt, beautiful 2hr run. Stunning vistas

off road driving
2 months ago

We tried to ride through today on our motorcycles but it's closed from July 6th to February 15th and then it's only open to vehicles the second half of the month

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views of the rocks, but you can still see the road while on a lot of the marked portion of the trail. However, there are opportunities to go off the beaten path, which is always a plus to me.

3 months ago

Absolutely out standing beginner level trail. Perfect place to take someone and introduce them to hiking. Amazing views, not to challenging terrain, appropriate length, and opportunities to go off-trail for better views of the rock formations.

hiking
3 months ago

This is more of a nature walk, so if you're looking for a workout, it's probably not what you want. I personally wanted to see Sequoias and also have my dog able to come with me. Since pups arent allowed in the park, this hit the spot! The trail is very busy but most people are friendly and respectful. You get a chance to crawl around huge trees and stand in awe of these majestic giants.
Highly recommend for small kids and dogs, and anyone else wanting to see Sequoia trees in a peaceful, shaded setting.

3 months ago

Great! Even if it’s hot in the late afternoon you can find some shade.

9-16-18. Short but great hike. if you are in the area, this is a most do. There Is a $5 fee, but it never hurts to support our parks.

Hard trail straight up the first mile or so... when you get by the creek it is gorgeous. You kinda loose the trail a little with down trees and depending on how much water is in the creek. The cave is small but awesome. We were the only group on the trail. Their is a lot of poison ivy along the trail. And the trail is narrow.

easy

hiking
4 months ago

Very hot in the summer and barely any shade but very pretty rocks. Lots of loose sand which can be slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

Very hot in the summer and barely any shade but very pretty rocks.

walking
4 months ago

Paid $5 for parking

Clearly marked trail on the other side of the road. Beautiful sequoias scattered throughout the trail. Can walk on a fallen one. A lot of the trees have burn marks on them. Nice walk through the woods. Very crowded when I went. Lots of tourist groups. Dog friendly. On leash. Very clean.

15 yrs ago, at the age of 53, hiked to this cave with my son. We came in off a trail from Sherman Pass Rd where we parked on a dirt road near Brush Crk. The July hike was moderately easy with 3 passes to go over, and we had our camel packs to keep us hydrated. Seems to me that the trail shown on your map is more strenuous than the trail we took. Saw tracks from mountain lions and wild turkeys. Of course the cave was awesome and well worth the journey.

walking
4 months ago

I have been coming here since I was a child. This is a great easy hike/walk. Perfect for younger family and friends... even the dogs! Pretty scenery and is a nice way to beat the heat of the valley in the summer.

trail running
4 months ago

This was a simple and gratifying trail with lots to see. To park, we had to pay a 5 dollar fee (not a big deal) for an ALL DAY pass. We arrived around 8am and hit the trail early. By the time we returned for lunch it was crowded with no available parking,so be an early bird. We brought the kids along so it wasn't a difficult hike. Definitely will return!

Easy, paved trail with great views of impressive redwoods. Good walk for kids.

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