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“Nature’s Treasure…In Bakersfield”
Review of Kern River

Ranked #5,326 of 9,091 things to do in California
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Owner description: California river known for its scenery and rafting.
Reviewed February 17, 2014

When visiting Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, California, there is a lot of outdoor activities to participate in. One of the best activities is hiking, especially in the Kern River Valley. One trail in the valley is called the Kern River Trail. It is one of the few trails that actually runs parallel to the river itself. You hike, slightly elevated, right along the beautiful Kern River. Surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Californian scenery, this trail makes you realize just how extraordinary nature is.
Between the spectacular views and the feel of the dirt path, this trail is the perfect escape from urban and suburban life. If the actual hiking doesn’t create a love for nature for you, then the river will. The Kern River is excellent for swimming, because the current isn’t very fast in most parts. But on hot days in the desert, temperatures can push 100 degrees, with no signs of humidity. The river is ice cold, and at first touch can almost feel too cold, because the water is the snow melt off from higher up in the mountains. This provides the perfect break from hiking on a hot day. Another great activity right off the trail sun bathing. Protruding from the water’s surface are large boulders that supply ideal spots to lay down a towel and bask in the sun. If you get too hot, you can just get back in the ice cold water.
One of the best things about this trail is its’ accessibility. As a visitor, you are able to drive right up to the trail and park right above it. It also isn’t a strenuous hike, like some of the other mountain trails, so it is fun for every member of your group no matter what age they are. The trail is also not very busy and is considered one of the more isolated trails. The isolation and lack of other hikers make it seem like your own personal trail. Everything about this area brought out a love of nature I’ve never felt before and it could do the same for you. Between the views, the swimming, and the isolation there is something for everything. I recommend visiting the Kern River Valley when in California, and I highly recommend visiting the Kern River Trail.

1  Thank Brennan C
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The river is beautiful, no doubt. With the near 100 temps this weekend, the cool water was a pleasure to be in all day long.

This river attracts great people as well so an overall good time can be had by all.

Unfortunately with no rain or snow packs to speak up in recent years (no fault of the river) the tube ride down was less than perfect.

It took four and a half hours to travel only three miles. I think I got stuck on top of or behind every rock on the river which at first was funny and then was just annoying ...not to mention all the bruises I have on my backside.

The area is wonderful and I can't wait to go back when there is more water !

Thank Off2SeeItAll
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

There are so many things to do on the Kern River. Camping in one of the private campgrounds with full hookups, the Forest Service improved campgrounds and dry camping along the river.
Fishing, Hiking, Rafting, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Rock Climbing, Boating and Jet Skis on Lake Isabella and so much more. Great Food and drinks in Kernville. Great place for a family Vacation !

Thank Alan C
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Big Water run---Class 4, 9 river miles--was a great time. Also, were able to swim some rapids. Great food. Guides were friendly, knowledgeable and fun to be around. Jumped off a 20 foot cliff with my two teenage sons. Great time.

1  Thank dvmspike
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

The fishing is just fine! The water is fast moving in places and COLD. But the time to be there is Sunday afternoon through Friday morning. Otherwise it is crazy with people.
You can camp at a park or on the side of the road. But PLEASE take your garbage out with you - it is just nasty how some people leave their [--] (literally!) behind.

Thank marros1960
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