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Kennedy Meadow to the Bridge via PCT

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South Sierra Wilderness

Kennedy Meadow to the Bridge via PCT is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Inyokern, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Out & Back

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Debbie Mansfield
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Hiking

We hiked the 2.2 miles to the bridge and back today (6/4/20). There was only one other person on the trail! There were almost no bugs and sone great wildflowers. Tons of grape soda lupine! Flannelbush was in full bloom, gorgeous yellow!! Yellow prickly pear blooms. I highly recommend you get the bbq lunch at the Kennedy Meadows General Store! They have a really nice patio with great views! It was quite hot though, 88 degrees, though it was in the middle of the day. The trail parallels the South Fork Kern River, really nice!!!

Daniel Juarez
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Hiking

Great short hike from the campsites to the bridge by following the river for two miles. Amazing granite boulders and scenic granite peaks.

Billy Parks
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Hiking

Sweet hike for families with young kids.

Claudia .D
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HikingRocky

Gorgeous trail. Enjoyed looking at all the wild flowers and hearing the soothing sound of the Kern river along the trail.

Peter Gillin
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Hiking

Beautiful trail along the Kern River. Weather was perfect. Water flow in the Kern River was strong but not overwhelming.

Reuben Gomez Jr.
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Hiking

What a great hike, water is really flowing and the weather was great. Well worth the hike and then stopped off at the General Store for lunch. Great Hike trail was easy to follow.

Kay Coleman
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail was not worth the drive. Once we finally parked, we didn’t know where to go since there were no directions to let people know where the trail starts. We walked around for 20mins until we found what we thought was the trail once we walked down a dried out creek...I guess....so we walked along the water which we assumed was the trail. Nice view of the water that’s about it.

Ryan R.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. We hit it just after a few days of rain and there was no dust. The air was magnificently clean. We passed two other groups on the trail so it was relatively quite. Didn’t see any wildlife (except for a few birds and squirrels) but did see quite a few deer tracks a mile or so past the bridge. Great mix of shade and sun. Pretty good workout if your moving with purpose.

David Neely
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Jennifer St. Clair
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Hiking

You drive off 395 on 9 mile Rd for 25 miles.. Go past the fire station and store to the campground to find the trail head. As Sierra hikes go I was a bit underwhelmed but it was a lovely walk in the woods with the babbling creek and picturesque Bridge. Minimal gnats at this time of year and some yellow color. Best of all, the Pines cones had pine nuts in them! I was a sappy mess by the end but I squirrel away a handful of pine nuts! Yummy

Neal Barry
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Hiking

This was a really nice short hike! The trail was well maintained and easily navigated. Several folks with dogs and that was neat. I’d like to give a shout out to “Creedence” and “Mike”, two PCT through hikers! After my hike was over, my friends and I shared some awesome chili, cornbread, fruit and cookies with these to guys which was way cool!

Keith Abercrombie
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Backpacking

Nice easy hike. Beautiful scenery, river, camping near the bridge on west side of river.

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Divina Duran
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Hiking

Easy trail, breath taking view and bridge

Athena Nguyen
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Hiking

Took my friends on this trail to introduce them to backpacking - it was a great way to get them started! The trail to the bridge is only 2 miles with mild elevation gain. At the bridge, we found about 5-6 primitive campsites along the river. There are places to access the river where you can sit in the refreshing water. Mosquitoes all throughout the day and lots of June bugs at night. No bear sightings and one black snake sighting. This wilderness was a nice, quick destination for a 2 day trip!

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Jamie Laughlin
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Backpacking

This was a perfect hike to introduce our little kids to backpacking. Minimal elevation changes, lots of shade for rest, and plenty of water. There is a nice little camping spot on the east side of the bridge just north of the trail. The river was running heavy and mosquitoes were present but minimal.

Leigh Keily
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Hiking

So beautiful, the smell of the trees and sounds of the running river make this walk an absolute delight- relaxing and relatively flat. Highly recommend.

Marina Woodward
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Hiking

Awesome trail! Loved that it was by the river the whole time and wasn’t just straight up or down but more wavy. The trailhead is to the left when you’re coming out of the parking lot. Somehow we totally missed it even though it was super obvious

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Colleen Cook
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Hiking

Really had a great time and would definitely hike again. The trail is actually very easy, especially if you have time to kill. It is up and down, but the elevation gain and loss is minor with many a flat stretch in between. You follow the river, usually above, under trees a lot of the way. It definitely could be warm in the afternoon, but for us there was a nice breeze and plenty of shade. The bridge makes a nice destination if you’re looking for a goal on an easy hike. At a steady pace, for someone with a less than average athleticism, it took me two hours.

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Natassia Morgan
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Hiking

Great trail! My husband and I went on Thursday. It was a little chilly, but still enjoyable. On the drive up you’ll see some snow on the sides of the road. Beautiful scenery, I can only imagine what it’ll look like in a month or so! The river was really full too! I loved that the trail was alongside the river.

Steven Schwerin
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Hiking

Great short hike. Took a family of 6 kids between 8 and 2 about 3 hours! Plenty of sun in the afternoon so I’m thinking the morning hours would be best as summer gets closer. Water flow is heavy right now!!!

Katie C.
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Very easy & beautiful short hike. can hear the river flowing almost the whole hike... a nice sound when you live in the desert. will definitely do this again; but will go further past the bridge next time.

Ocie Johns
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PCT hiker nobo

Krysta Simons
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Hiked one week ago with my husband, 6 & 8yr old. This was their first hike, they did great. Agreed it’s up hill to the bridge and down hill coming back to Kennedy Meadows Camp. Also, would suggest doing it early in the morning, it can get pretty toasty. Took us about 2.5 hours round trip.

Andrew Laws
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Hiking

Great hike to the roaring south fork Kern river. Up hill on the way there and then down hill on the way back.

Rachel Cumberland
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Hiking

Good hike, we carried on about 1 1/2 miles past the bridge and if we’d had more time (and less rain) we’d have probably gone to Hawiee Pass. Worth a wander if you are looking for a gentle amble

Ray Giles
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great family hike .took six kids and four adult non hikers ,round tripped in 3.5 hours

Steve Stoll
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Great short hike for me (a novice). Lots of spots to spend the night. Next time up will see how the fishing is.

LeAnn McCullough
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Highly recommend this time of year.

Steve Oswald
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Hiking

The trail is very well maintained, as it is a section of the PCT. The trailhead is clearly marked, with a sign-in sheet and trail information visible. Overall, very little elevation changes, flat, and no obstacles along the way. The bridge offered nice view of the river, and offered a chance to cool off before continuing further. Many people turn around at the bridge, but you can absolutely continue. Today, the smoke was very thick from local fires, and I almost didn't do the hike, but decided to turn around at the bridge. Great one to take the dog along!

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