When is the best time to go?
The best time to go changes every season. Snowpack and runoff dictate when our window to run the Forks is open. For example, our 2017 high water season we had all of our launches occur in August. In 2018 we ran our trips in early June, and 2019 we had a July and early August window. We can begin making estimates on our flow window in late January, but it still might take until mid-April for us to open reservations. We consider our scheduling conservative, so generally speaking, if we have a launch open and available to book, then we believe that date is in the ballpark of ‘best’ time of the season.
What’s the minimum age for this trip?
Class V trips such as the Forks of the Kern have a minimum age of 16 years old.
When are your launch dates?
Our permit launch dates remain the same every year. April 21, 26. May 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31. June 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. July 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. August 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29.