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Inyokern, California Map

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.

PCT hiker nobo

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.

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

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

Did an out and back of 17 miles (to Owens Peak saddle). Loved the views and space, really recommend the walk. Was planning to try the saddle up the peak but the rain came and my tired legs voted to turn around instead!

I have spent time on several sections of the pct the section between Kennedy meadows campground and mt. Whitney is absolutely beautiful.

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

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

4 months ago

Very nice place to hike and camp!

4 months ago

No fish... but very beautiful place

off road driving
5 months ago

It’s a fire road and very well groomed. No 4wd needed. Access to Chimney Creek Campground from 9 mile side and closer to Onyx is the turnoff for Big Foot creek and Long? campground. Nice areas for mostly tent camping. I don’t believe there are any hookups, but there are restrooms at the Chimney Peak campground.

6 months ago

Easy backpack in from the Long Valley primitive campground to the South Fork of the Kern River. Highly scenic and highly remote.

off road driving
6 months ago

One of a few off-road trails in the area and it's one well worth exploring. We aim to go back and retrace our routes, though next time while tracking with AllTrails....

Beautiful hike! Highly recommend this time of year.

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!

Hiked for 6 days sobo during early September in 2017. exit at Kennedy Meadow. The water is just OK. The view is good, though not very beautiful... The trail is relatively easy compared to the Sierra part, I like it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

We got lost, we had to stopped and ask for directions. But it was our mistake forgot to print the directions, unfortunately there was no cell phone service.
The hike was beautiful, wildflowers still blooming in July, the river was flowing really nice and refreshing, views of the mountains were fabulous. The trail is well defined.
A fantastic Day hike. My husband, relatives and I will do this hike again.

I feel in love with the Sierras at this point. I had no idea what was ahead on the John Muir trail.

Got it class of 2017. Great section, but still a bit dry.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Good hike with wildflowers in bloom. Sandy trail bring your gators. Lots of PCT thru hikers this time of the year.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Easy hike, but the trail is practically sand from all the usage.

trail running
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Top dog trail

Friday, March 16, 2012

This is a well maintained trail which is the Pacific Crest Trail. Lots of beautiful country. The 2000 Manter Fire burned through parts of this area also.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

This section of the PCT is awsome I recomend if your in good shape to do all of section F which is a section of the PCT that runs through alot of wilderness including the South Sierra and the Golden Trout. Its just awsome scenery.

6 months ago

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