Ascent of Kern Peak on 2016-10-04

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kern Peak
    Elevation:11480 ft / 3499 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike from the Blackrock Trailhead. Mostly this report is about finding water late in the season. From the trailhead the trail drops over 600 ft to Casa Vieja Meadows where there was water in the creek at the fork in the trail to Jordan Hot Springs. The creek was about 6 ft wide but shallow and not moving very fast. The next good place to find water is where the trail crosses Long Canyon Creek. This is s great creek about 12 ft wide, 1 ft deep, and flowing very well. The best place to find water is along the rail at River Spring about a mile before getting to Redrocks Meadows. Large spring boiling up from under a rock. I drank the water directly from the spring and didn't get sick, hair or teeth didn't fall out, but I did develop a yearning to hike more in the Sierra's. The water in Redrocks Meadows was a small creek that isn't moving very fast where the trail crosses the creek. I moved about 1/4 mile upstream and filtered water from where the creek was flowing better. There were some nice friendly cows in Redrocks Meadows. Above Redrocks there was no flowing water.

As I said earlier this was a great hike. I included my GPS track to show where I left the trail and the shortcut I took on the descent returning to the trail. The route I took to ascend up to the 11,000 ft contour on the south ridge was up a solid, steep, bouldery ridge. The footing was great and it was no more than Class 2. Also there is a manmade trail up the final 40 ft to the lookout. This ascent trail goe up just east of the summit and then you have to cross a 5 ft gap spanned by an old footbridge that only has the frame remaining. There is a handrail, but this might be dicey if it is icy or very windy. Fantastic views and the Golden Trout Wilderness is spectacular with lots of old growth trees. It was a bit cold in the mornings in the low 20's F.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6270 ft / 1910 m
    Extra Gain:1830 ft / 557 m
    Round-Trip Distance:28.3 mi / 45.5 km
    Route:From Blackrock Trailhead
    Trailhead:8870 ft / 2703 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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