Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

mountain biking
5 days ago

I was dumb and tried to hike to the end and let me tell you after about 3-4 miles it becomes very steep and makes me think it’s more tailored to dirt bikes that can handle 6 miles of unrelenting uphill. After the first meadow and couple miles there are no places to camp at all, maybe one flat part 4-5 miles in. It is also full of about 20 blind ridges and passes that make you think you are almost past the hardest part but then it just gets steeper and there’s another 3 ridges you didn’t see before. So first 1-4 miles is a nice, normal hike. The rest is hell and I don’t recommend for hikers. A lot of rocks to make your feet hurt and no accessible water until maybe the end but I didn’t get that far.

This hike was killer! It was 4.3 miles to the turn off for Powers Peak. It was another .78 miles to the peak which was a crazy climb. Good thing my hiking partner was smart enough to bring hiking poles. All in all it was a 10.16 mile hike. The views were gorgeous but definitely be prepared to climb!

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.

3 months ago

Good hike, pretty steep in some areas, towards the end there’s really no trail you have to make your own path but the view at the top is def worth it

6 months ago

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.

This is not close to Springville as stated in opening description. Springville is used as Sherman Peak is in Tulare County. To access Sherman Peak you depart out of Kernville which is Kern County. Many of the Sequoia National Forrest hikes listed here are more easily reached through Kernville.

11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Very flat and easy first mile to the creek. Mostly flat trail with few inclines. Very little shade. Dog friendly. Watch out for poison oak and snakes.

Friday, May 19, 2017

prepare for a continuous uphill battle. it's tough.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

great trail.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great trail for all fitness levels. You must have good balance to cross the creek since there is too much water flowing to cross in the water. Our lab was able to cross but did struggle with the strong current. We saw a coyote too!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Went yesterday the creek was high and my younger kids couldn't cross the logs but we all had fun playing in the water for a couple of hours

Sunday, April 02, 2017

My nephew and I completed this as a backpacking trip. We hiked to pine flats which is really beutiful. The wildflowers are beautiful right now. There was still some snow on the ground at pine flats. The trail was very difficult with the fully loaded pack. We were exhasuted by the time we got back and had sore feet becasue the trail is quite rocky. We did not see many people once we got about 2 miles in. We did see a coupl of dirt bikers on the way out. The views of the kern river an lake isabella are amazing. I would not recommend this as a backpackign trip for any beginners.

on Whiskey Flat Trail

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Went in the winter. Backpacked it in way further than this shows. Not sure we were allowed to camp as we didn't really see any developed sites but it was a rainy / snowy miserable weather no one around to bug us! Follows the river

off road driving
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Very fun, ran in stock '98 4 runner with stock locker (which we used once on the steep up) and zero other trouble. Oh there was a downed tree we had to take outta the road so yeah bring a saw. Did it solo but a second rig might have been nice.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Easy trail to find just past Kernville. Basically an access road that you can hike. Our dogs enjoyed themselves. Workout was good, views were average.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

My kids (3 and 5) had so much fun! We easily found the creek and loved the log bridge. We also loved the little meadows of wild flowers. They loved climbing on the boulders. Great trail!

off road driving
Friday, April 01, 2016

Going up Sherman Peak on the burned out side, was rocky and tippy. Once we made it to the top it was a pretty forested area with occasional rocky areas. Recommend traveling with another rig on this trail. Great time and I will do this run again.

Monday, January 18, 2016

This trail was great during the winter. It was green, temperatures were perfect (low 60's), and there were only a few people out using the trail, so you almost have it to yourself. The grade is nowhere near "hard" difficulty, and trail should be categorized as "moderate". There are some areas to go off the main trail after about a mile. Once up on the saddle, we went all the way up Flume Mountain (the one on your left as you go up), which was more challenging than the hike, but doable if you're an experienced hiker. All in all, this was a great trail, and if you're in the area it's worth checking out.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thanks to chris horgan and the stewards of the sequoia for maintaining this trail for everyone to use.
multi use trails can work,without people on motorbikes this trail and others would be overgrown.

off road driving
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This trail is in such great shape due to the hundreds of hours Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers on motorcycles have done brushing the trail, clearing downed trees and maintaining water bars each year over the past decade. Sharing means everyone has more trails. Enjoy!!

Friday, December 05, 2014

The trail is in great shape just a few ruts that the OHV'ers created, good steady uphill climb and its 10 miles one-way to Cannell Mdw. Didn't see any motorcycles or Mtn Bikers or nobody hiking for that matter. Did this hike on 11/28/14 and there is no snow and I was at the 8,000ft level

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Whisky Flat Trail is a 14 mile point-to-point trail. The trailhead is located in Kernville. The trail parallels the west bank of the Kern River. It terminates upriver at Fairview.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Great cardio trail and good one for dogs. Views of Kernville & entire valley from swinging gate which is just over a mile in. Past that quiet valleys & ridges with mello uphill gains till 3 miles out.. Will continue to explore trial on another trip. Bring lots of water as its warm & dry, very hot in summer. No creeks for dogs unless recent rain runoff available .

off road driving
Saturday, August 03, 2013

Had a great time that day.. wild turkey, a cabin, view of Sherman Pass road, and on to the top to Sherman Peak.

Sherman Peak, elevation 9,909 feet, is on the eastern side of Sequoia National Forest on the edge of the Kern Plateau. It affords tremendous 360 degree views of the Great Western Divide, the Sierra Crest including Mt. Whitney, Langley, and Olancha, and a bird's eye view of the Kern River Canyon and Little Kern River drainage. It is no wonder it was once the site of a fire lookout, but today only a few radio transmitters are on the top.
Link to live webcams mounted on various southern Sierra peaks, 6 are on Sherman Peak!

off road driving
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Great drive if you can stand seeing the fire destruction. Steep switchbacks to start, rocky grades to follow, then some beautiful mountain meadows and groves. Stock jeeps might have problems in the rocky areas. Come prepared to deal with fallen trees.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tried this as a day hike - and hiked 6 miles out and 6 miles back along this trail. Lovely hike with a steady and constant elevation gain ( about 3000 ft over the 6 miles). Went through Cannell lower meadow, past Powers Peak and along the plunge before turning around. Would like to visit again - backpacking next time. Saw motorcycle tracks but no riders.

off road driving
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Don't be sad u don't have a 4x4

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