Kern River Upper to Rincon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,831' 558 m
Descent: -1,829' -557 m
High: 5,206' 1,587 m
Low: 3,773' 1,150 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Remote locations with solitude.”— Jeff Groehler
Just take the Kern River Upper Trail from the bridge to the Rincon Trail and then make a left. There are signs at this T-intersection -- one is nailed to an oak tree and the other should be tacked onto a tree that has fallen over.
Great for an overnight mini backpacking trip or an extremely difficult 50k-ish distance run. Bringing a water filter is definitely recommended, unless you want to carry enough water for the entire trip. There should be a few opportunities to get water from the Kern River if you filter it before you drink it. They sell filters at REI.
If you are looking to spend a day or two in the wilderness, this is great way to literally get away from civilization. The turnaround point is 15+ miles out from the nearest road. Make sure you have a buddy to go along with you just in case of an emergency; it's a very remote area. Even the starting is miles from the nearest cell service.
Once you get to the Rincon Trail, you'll notice how remote it feels. Definitely be prepared for possible encounters with wildlife.
There's an old mining cave that goes in about 50 yards or so 5 miles in if you're into that kind of thing.
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Land Manager: USFS - Sequoia National Forest Office