Wednesday, September 22

Next Challenge - Lower Kern

The Lower Kern reportedly runs year round (according to, which has a great description of the run, but I understand that flows below 600 cfs are bony and not worth running. Whereas the North Fork of the Kern only sports class III over about 4 miles, the Lower Fork offers a series of Class IV's over 11 miles with one required portage around a V+ (don't miss that takeout). As a Class III/IV run, this looks like a good step-up for those (like me) who are looking to gain some Class IV experience.

While the Kern is a nice 3 hour drive from SOCAL, it is a good 6+ hours from San Franciso, making it a challenge for a weekend jaunt. For mile by mile details, see at the link above.

I'll keep you posted on the trip report once we manage to run it!


At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice blog but just for future knowledge, they may say the lower kern runs year round but when the flow gets in the 600 cfs and lower its not very good, really bony and not really worth doing

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Colin said...

Thanks for the comment, I included your feedback in the article!


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