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hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

Overall I got out of this hike what I was looking for, a workout. Disclosure: I am 52 years old, go on four mile runs, spin bike for 50 + minutes with intervals,and go on occasional 2-5 mile easy to moderate hikes. What I have discovered, in my opinion, is that easy to moderate comes down to a lot of different factors. First off, this trail does not seem well traveled, except by the bovine creatures who put heavy ruts in parts of the trail, which make it uneven. It is somewhat overgrown, with many foxtails, as others have mentioned, that like to cling to everything. With that being said, be sure to where proper hiking shoes that cannot be penetrated, preferably above ankle. Pants would also be preferable, although I did fine with shorts. I had ankle high hiking shoes and the foxtails have fully invaded my new adidas sock, and I am not sure they will ever come out. The hike is listed as 6.2 miles, but there is no clear marker that tells you when the 3.1 miles in ends, unless you track it on your phone, which we did not. I was not overly concerned with this since I wanted a good hiking workout. We ended up going 4 miles in to a marker that listed 4 miles back to Delonegha Day Use. The trail continued up the hill with no marker as to where it went. We continued up the hill hoping it would loop back into the trail, however, after some elevation gain realized it likely did not do so. We left at 8 am and got back about 1pm and hiked approximately 9.5 miles. If you go to the 4 mile marker and head back, considering the uneven trail in spots, foxtails, and lack of shade, I would consider this more of a moderate hike, but hey, that’s just me. Still enjoyed the hike, got in some good scenery, and got my workout in for the day.

Just here to say that the hot springs are still flooded from snow melt. the upper, two person spring is open but thats it. river water is quite cold.

Definitely recommend hiking shoes. About 20 other people on a Thursday afternoon so the man made spring already had people in it. Only found the one hot spring. River is beautiful.

Still flooded as of 6/4/19 with only 1 small hot spring available. Rated moderate but definitely a challenging moderate with loose rock and steep inclines

Hot springs are currently covered by the river so the pools are all cold (river temp). Seems like a cool place to visit when the river level is lower. There was one hot spring higher up but seemed sketchy to sit in.. we had lunch, dipped our feet in the water and headed back. A family of 4 cows crowded the trail but did not bother us.

Hot springs are flooded by the river. 5/20/19

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. I really liked it but it’s pretty overgrown right now and I ended up covered in foxtails and had to flick a tick off my arm. But there were nice views and nobody else on the trail. I did a little trail running but mostly away from the mama cows who were not happy I was near their calves.

nature trips
6 months ago

2 ways down to the trail. We took the furthest parking area to the trail. It's a steep decline, then a tiresome upclimb for people who are not the most athletic. Just follow the wooden rail beams and mane made walkways, its beyond worth the hike. We went on a Monday and there was a family down there and there was still room for me and my husband to join in. So beautiful right beside the river. The local family was impressed we knew about this hidden gem. There is a more common traveled hot spring down the road by Hobo Campground but this ones the best by far. Nudity is allowed at Remington hot springs unlike the other one near by if your not comfortable with nudity I'd try the other hot spring

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

Definitely difficult to find the start of the trail for the first time, look for lights/campfires while driving if you go at night. Theres kind of a trail going down, you should see some wood railing at some points, but it may take some trial and error. Also not difficult hiking; a man with crutches and one leg was able to make it. Once at the hotsprings though, they are amazing. Perfect spa temperature and right on the river; you can have one leg in the hot tub and one in the river. Also, thankfully, a couple comes out every Sunday evening to drain and clean the tubs so that they do not get shut down by local law enforcement as others in the area previously were. Not always kid-friendly, but there are another set of hot springs down the road where there is no nudity allowed.

steep Sandy trail to natural hit springs. tubs flooded with spring meltwater.

hiking
no shade
over grown
7 months ago

Spring time is the only good time to visit this trail, as there is no shade and faces south towards the sun. I suggest starting early AM and not going beyond May, before it gets too hot! Bring extra water. Our trek today was beautiful. The super bloom in full force after much needed rain. Barely noticed the cars on the highway with the roaring river and gentle breezes blowing the tall grass. Did I mention the amazing wildflowers?! We didn't go the whole way, only to the gate. I'm estimating we did 3/4 of the trail because we went beyond where I could see Old Kern Canyon Rd across the river. Will go back next spring and do the whole thing!

hiking
7 months ago

Really gorgeous flowers this time of year, there are some spots that are definitely worth the time. The trail is right next to a freeway for most of the walk, but when you're not looking right at the cars driving by it's easy to forget about.

7 months ago

This is an amazing trail, and has some campsite too. From what I could tell the fishing isn't great and there is a restriction on the fish you can catch. It says it on the sign as you walk up. I'm a avid fisher and I didn't see any fish, and the people I talked to said they weren't catching any either. But the area is beautiful, quite rocky at first but get easier and better later on. I personally want to go back and camp there. It's the best trail I've done so far out here in kern county. 5 stars !

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

such beautiful hot springs! only had to share with a handful of people this time of year. perfect for sunset!

love this spot! gets crowded quickly over weekends

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail, great view of the blooming poppies and the flowing kern river.

on Kern River Trail

hiking
8 months ago

We took this trail about 15 years ago so I can’t say anything current about it but what we both remember is that we saw more rattlesnakes in that one trip than we’d ever seen in a single trip before or since. It was traumatic enough to put us off this trail for good. Might have been unusual but not taking chances.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

great little spot to visit some hot springs. There were about 6 people there when we went and there was no nudity. takes about 10 mins to get there and the pools are man made with natural sulfur heated water flowing in.

Great Spot! Got to get in early morning and enjoy it before a crowd showed up.

Beautiful hike lots of scenery, very short hike down there were a lot of people in the hot springs so was unable to get in or take pic of it. Was really hoping it wouldn’t be busy today. I didn’t want strange people in my photos. Overall good hike.

Sat Oct 06 2018

The map and directions didn’t take me to the trail

Tue Sep 11 2018

simple to get thru without poles. its run friendly for those that like elevation training

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

This was an awesome hike when it was snowing. There was a huge circle around the hot springs from the heat!!! Always be careful if you jump in the river though!!!

nice trail, the walk back is killer so be prepared. Bring water....lots esp. in summer

It’s so nice & the water feeels great but a lot of weirdos lol

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