Kern - 1) Junction Meadow to Forks of the Kern


Kern, California, US

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1) Junction Meadow to Forks of the Kern (Headwaters of the Kern)

Usual Difficulty II-V+ (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
KERN RIVER AT KERNVILLE
hads-KRVC1 800 - 1600 cfs II-V+ cfs


River Description

Challenging put in hike, but wonderful high sierra rewards.  The Kern Headwaters is generally considered one of the easiest of the High Sierra headwaters runs to the extent that expedition class 5 boating can be easy.  However, the hike to the put in is one of the longest at 23 miles and crosses  Whitney pass at about 13,600 feet elevation.  It takes a few days of hard hiking just to get to the river.

 

Other Information Sources: 

A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988

Billy Goat Crew & the Triple Crown article at Adventure Sports Online Journal

Photo Trip report by JD Levin

Headwaters of the Kern River by Preston Holmes

 

Kern River Rainbow Trout: This rainbow subspecies formally occurred throughout the Kern River drainage but is now limited to the mainstem, upstream of the Little Kern River where it occupies about 30 miles of stream habitat. The Kern River rainbow is a State Species of Special Concern primarily as a result of hybridization with planted rainbow trout. The current population is relatively stable and is not federally listed.     (Cal Trout)


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-08-20 16:04:16

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