Josephine Peak Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riverkern, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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 one of my favorite trails. Besides being close to home, it the grade is nice and steady. The view from the top is awesome. My wife and I have hiked this in Summer, Fall, and Winter. During the summer the first half of the ascent is lined with blooming Spanish broom and smells wonderful. It can get pretty cold in the winter. Also, the roads to/from can get icy so be safe. I would rate this as more moderate than difficult.
We did this hike with our Boy Scout troop as part of our Mini Peak Bagger series. The wide fire road makes this a great hike for youth, although it might be too strenuous for kids under 10. The trail is mostly exposed, with little shade. At the top of the peak you will be able to sit next to the antennas and communication gear. Great views of Strawberry Peak and surrounding areas.
Park near Clear Creek station, make sure you have an Adventure pass. There are no bathroom facilities on the trail, so you might want to go at Clear Creek before you start your hike. The wide fire road is also great for mountain biking.