Since we wrote this post we’ve launched our own Kern River hiking page.
Upper Kern Hikes on part 2 of our hiking blog series, we are have our Upper Kern hikes.
Trail of 100 Giants–
The Trail of 100 Giants is approximately 1.3 miles long through a premier groves of giant sequoias. This trail should take you about 30 minutes. These trees are about 1,500 years old. This trail is paved accommodates wheelchairs while twisting through beautiful tall trees. While there is a $5 service fee it is worth the money.
Dome Rock offers beautiful vast views. From here you can see the Needles and the Domeland Wilderness. Dome Rock is a great hike for all skills, and is dog friendly.
Valhalla is a short but beautiful hike to a waterfall. While this hike is shorter it requires some scrambling and is a bit more of a strenuous hike. The waterfall falls into a pool of water. This is a great place to hangout in the shade and get some alone time. This hike has no charge and is dog friendly.
4 mile trail or also known as the River Trail-
The River Trail is located approximately 19 miles north of Kernville. The trail starts at Johnsondale Bridge and follows the river for 4 miles. Along the trail there are beautiful rapids that you can sometimes catch rafters running. Once the trail leaves the river it continues to climb and wind through the beautiful wilderness. This trail is 10 miles in length and is an out and back trail.
Packsaddle Cave is a 5 mile out and back trail that leads to a limestone cave. If you power through the first mile of the trail you will hike through different types of terrain. Along the trail you will walk through Packsaddle Creek a few times, and can catch a glimpse of Dome Rock. When you are in the cave and along the trail please be respectful.
Directions to Packsaddle Cave Trail come from Kern River Sierra, they are a great resource for this hike and many other hikes in the area.
Drive 15 miles north of Kernville on the Mtn 99. There are 2 trail parking lots just north of McNally’s Restaurant. The first parking lot is used for Whiskey Flat Trail, and the Packsaddle Trail parking is just north of the Fairview Campground on the west / riverside. Park here, and cross Mtn 99 to the signed trail head on the east side.