Johnsondale Bridge Trail

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Johnsondale Bridge Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Johnsondale, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 738 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

hiking
4 days ago

Very rocky and uneven trail. Little to no shade. After yesterday’s rain it was not too muddy and overall great hike. Few people considering how great the weather was today. Ran into a few pockets of gnats. Tree down on trail but not to hard to navigate.

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1 month ago

It's more easy, than I expected. Pretty monotonous

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was a bit on the dry side and the river was low. I recommend you hike this rocky trail around spring time when all is greener and the river is higher. It's still an easy fun trail though.

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rocky
4 months ago

We only went up about 2 miles, but it was gorgeous. Not a dirt trial as much as rocks.

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail following the river. Bugs were horrible though. They seemed immune to big spray. We tied bandanas over our faces, that made it a whole lot better. Besides that I recommend this because anywhere you looked there were gorgeous views.

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rocky
4 months ago

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scramble
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Fun trail running along the Kern River. Not a lot of change in scenery though. Worth an hour or two of your day.

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bugs
rocky
7 months ago

this is such a fun trail! the views of the river and the bottom of the seven teacups are absolutely breathtaking! The trail is mostly easy but with a certain degree of difficulty as you have to climb over some rocky terrain in some areas. we did come across a rattlesnake on the trail so be extra watchful. overall this trail was very enjoyable for myself and my 13 year old son

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rocky
7 months ago

Awesome hike along the river with many access points to get a shirt wet or cool off. Started at 11, don't recommend unless you bring at lease 2L water. No bugs which has been great compared to adventures the week before in Mammoth. Path is no problem for good hikers, there are rocks and some manouvering involved, nothing too crazy though. Watched a group of experts tackling class 5 rapids which was cool.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Best to leave early as a lot of the trail is exposed to the sun and parking at the trailhead fills up. Cool place to bring beginner backpackers. Not a lot of elevation gain with a few spots on the trail that have been washed out during the rain or snow. Also, water levels are to high to swim across the river, but plenty of places to take a quick dip.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail but I. The sun 90%. Hike before noon!

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

love this trail great views the sound of the running water is nice and calming..

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bugs
rocky
8 months ago

June 9, 2019. This is a low elevation gain trail. It is rugged and rocky and you will find yourself occasionally using your hands to make your way around boulders. There may be some sections that your feet will get wet during the high water months. Warm temps will bring both abundant butterflies and bugs that bite, so come prepared. While there is some overhead shade, much of the hike will be exposed to the sun, and you will want to use a wide brim hat and ample sunscreen. The rock faces will reflect sunlight and heat towards you. There are many nice features along the trail. You will walk along the river and hear and see its power. You will hike among massive boulders, with one area forming a semi cave. There are several spots along the trail where you can safely soak your feet in the water. During the spring snow melt season, many little creaks and tributaries will flow across your path and make its way into the Kern River. You will pass by the Seven Teacups, which is where water from a creek cascades down little pools etched into the rock as it flows into the river. If you go far enough, you can hike along a creek that feeds into the river for a peaceful spot to hang out. See my recording to see where. Overall, the trail should be on your ‘must do’ list if you live in the area. The Kern River is really special and this trail shows you why.

8 months ago

This trail follows the North Fork Kern River through a starkly beautiful canyon. There’s a lot of action at the Johnsondale Bridge including raft put-ins & fishing. Powerful torrents thunder over granite rocks in the Spring. Wildflowers grace the trail. Across the River, Dry Meadow Creek cascades down a side canyon through the Seven Teacups, the hike’s objective & turnaround point. I've put additional information at hikingthegoldenstate.com.

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rocky
9 months ago

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rocky
10 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails as it holds a sentimental value, so I may be biased. My father, brother and I would fly fish along this trail. Anyway, I really like early spring as the snow begins to melt. It’s easy in that it does not vary much in altitude but it can be a little rugged with sharp rocks.

10 months ago

Beautiful trail.

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bugs
rocky
10 months ago

It was a really nice trail overall very rocky and some areas you have to be careful but the of you and scenery was worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Definitely not “easy”, but a beautiful hike! Went in mid-March and it was a bit chilly still, I want to come back next month when it warms up. There wasn’t an actual “waterfall”, more like water trickling from the rocks, still pretty though! Took our dog and she did great! Worth the time to check out!

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

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