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.
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