Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Kernville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Only made it to the creek less than a mile in because the creek is so high due to all the rain this winter. There’s a rope for crossing but it’s probably about mid-thigh deep for the average person. Will be back later on in the spring with some better footwear to cross!

Very nice trial. Most of the seasonal creeks are running due to our recent weather and Salmon Creek has very good flow. Would rate this trail as easy moderate.

Keep an eye out for the blue nylon tape to your right shortly after the bridge. Will allow you to get closer to the falls for a better view point.

Got bit by a tick and a reminder rattlesnake season is almost here so personally I'd be cautious about going off trail

good hike. plenty of places to filter and fill your water bottles

Nice hike to Salmon creek and views of Salmon creek falls.

We hiked to Bull Run Creek and it was a fairly easy trail. There are a lot of side trails along the way. Watch your step as the path was pretty rocky. We went when it was raining so it was slippery. Still had fun! Love the Mountain View!

Easy hike, beautiful views.

Beautiful views, and scenery. About 2 miles in the trail is cut off by a down tree. Did not proceed past that. Still got a good view of the falls.

2 months ago

We hiked on a warm December day. Beautiful colors plants and foliage. Great views mountains surrounding. You can get down to the water in some places. Nice easy rolling hike.

mountain biking
4 months ago

best trail in southern california hands down !

Beautiful trail. Moderate workout. Try hiking this one in March when it’s green and beautiful everywhere. Waterfalls in the canyon are a plus! Hit up KRV Brewing Co. for a treat after. No water available. Watch out for occasional dirt bikers.

Hiked to Jordan hot springs and camped overnight! My friend and I were the only ones there. The hot spring was nice and hot and perfect for soaking in. Hiked back up to the trailhead the next day. Not gonna lie.... it was a pretty tough hike back up. Wish I coulda stayed there one extra day. Overall, it was a great hike with lots of neat spots to go off trail and explore.

The trail is beautiful but be advised that the Casa Vieja backpackers campground is on a meadow that is frequented by herds of cattle. They moo loudly all night long and defecate near the creek. If you can plan on camping at the hot spring it is a better choice. The hot spring and nearby campground is beautiful and well-maintained. From Casa Vieja to the hot spring the trail is steep but worth it.

8 months ago

One of my new favorite spots along the Kern River. Trail runs along Brush Creek, with many pools to cool down in during hot summer days.

There is some steep granite climbing areas if you continue on the trail and since it's not official, it requires some moderate exploration on parts.

Definitely follow to "the end", which should take you to an area with mostly granite rock and cascading falls and pools.

Well marked trail, easy to follow. Several large trees have fallen across the trail and there are places where the brush needs to be cut back. The stream crossings: At Casa Vieja you can almost jump the water, the next one down the canyon is quite easy with some good flat rocks, the third crossing is a bit more challenging, the fourth crossing is a real challenge if you want to keep you feet dry.

Overall a real joy going in, and a real workout climbing out.

mountain biking
10 months ago

me and five of my Grandchildren did this hike going in was fun ,lot of work coming out ,but we're talking about doing it again. My age hope I can

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Did the full 14 miles from the trailhead outside Kernville to Fairview (2/19-2/21). Easy to follow for the most part with a few exceptions. Trail is quite overgrown in certain areas which briefly caused us to lose the trail at one point. While there is no crazy elevation gain, there is a decent amount of up and down, especially in the latter 7 miles of the hike. The trail is also fairly exposed, without much shade, so I could see it being much more strenuous during the hotter parts of the year. Overall though, very pretty and scenic hike with nice views of the Kern river. Would definitely hike it again sometime.

off road driving
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A very easy graded road drive that gives great access to numerous hikes and camping.
But it's not the drive but where it gets you. A really nice spot.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Beautiful hike in winter conditions (Jan 1-2 2018)
50% snow and ice currently to 7300 ft. Trail is showing wear and needs a little love but is still easy to follow. Variety of water crossings from solid ice, logs and requiring boot removal and getting wet. Campsite near the springs is comfy with easy water access and a built up fire ring.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This trail is steep, has some very nice views and the stream is tranquil. It is approximately a 6 hour hike if you plan on going all the way to the cave.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Amazing hike from Sierra Road up to the Meadows yesterday. It's strenuous but not technical, and very rewarding. Fantastic views and some interesting wildlife.

Started out at 9am, got to the Meadows at 1:30pm. Ate lunch for half an hour, then back to the parking lot at 5:15. So 4:30 hours hiking up, 3:15 coming down. I brought 3 litres of water which was just enough.

Very little traffic on trail expect for a few mountain bikers riding down. They can approach very quickly and surprised me at one point - keep your head up.

Would highly recommend for fit, experienced hikers.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful hike through pine forest with fantastic views. Trail was easy to follow for about 2 miles then it kind of wasn't. There were some bike tire tracks and some cairns then nothing, our kids had had enough so we climbed up to the ridge, took some pics and turned around, felt slightly cheated as we'd gone nearly the full way but not enough to spoil it. One other thing, it is a long way from anywhere....

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just as an update the trail to drive in has been extended and the hike is now about 1.5 each way. Extremely easy to hike in aswell as exceptional fishing and climbing to be done in these areas. A must visit for those who are unabe yo go long distances or just want a simple relacing weekend.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The weather up here during the summer is the best. There was snow up here at the beginning of June.

Beautiful hike with great views during the first couple miles in, and then a pretty neat fiver crossing at Kern. No joke though, that uphill hike basically the entire hike back is very tough.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Good hike definitely harder on the way back. Great signage initially but sparse indicators once you reach trout meadow, big thanks to those who maintain it. This is a well maintained trail. We found heading left at unmarked forks got us to trout meadow. We did find a water source next to the rustic federal building in the meadow, although a barbed wire live stalk fence prevents access to creek that runs parallel to the meadow.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Completed this hike over fathers day weekend 2017 after tons of research trying to find a trail that had open roads, safe river crossings, and was without 5-10ft of snow. We hiked into Trout Meadows Friday night and made camp and day hiked down to the Kern River from there returning on Sunday. With the current snow melt situation there was plenty of water to filter along the way and the meadows were lush and alive. The little Kern and especially the big Kern were raging. We had hoped to find a little spot by the river that we could splash around in but the most we put in were our feet due to the current. Well maintained trail through diverse communities with moments of sweeping views of the canyons and snow capped peaks. All in all we roughly covered 30 miles. We saw deer, a bear, a bit of bear scat along the trail, lots of baby frogs and wildflowers in the meadows, heard bears, heard a huge group of coyotes, watched a helicopter make 3 flights over head (still not sure why), and warded off mosquitos. As others have said the reverse grade was quite a butt kicker and hiking out during the heat wave was tough as well as through the sandy trail. But overall it was magical and beautiful and we had an amazing time.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great view of the Kern river. Prepare yourself for a long hike. I wore the wrong shoes and my feet were in so much pain.

mountain biking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Good long ride but difficult in sections. We're planning on doing the Cannell trail from the top but the road is still closed part way up from about 6000ft. You can keep driving the fire road past big meadow to park and join Cannell trail from there. You can also bike from the closed road which is a 2500ft climb.

Rode on a Saturday and did not encounter anyone else except some moto riders towards the end. Some great views and scenes throughout the ride.

I'm a novice and coped but it is difficult and took 5 hours.

Make sure you are well prepared because there is no phone coverage and no one else to help you.

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