Kern River Canyon

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Trail Distance: 6.2 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr+
Elevation Gain: 1062 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Rolling hills with thick forests and vast grasslands are the major features of the Kern River Canyon. The valley offers a glorious view of the natural area featuring a river. When heading to the canyon, one of the best trails that explore the valley is the Kern River Trail, which provides humans and pups an easy going trail that wanders along the water on a compacted dirt and soil trail.


When you head to the trail, you and Fido will have the option to park off the road or in the day use area past the bridge, which offers restrooms and an information kiosk. You will have to cross the bridge on foot to get to the trail, which starts on the west side right after you get off the bridge. Once on the trail, you and Fido will descend a small hill to meet up with the river, where the water flows over large rocks and boulders to make waterfalls and rapids. On both sides of the trail, hills reach up to meet the mountainous peaks that surround the park, showing off thick forests and desert grasslands, with sights of natural plants and wildflowers in the spring.

The trail meanders along the river, providing access for boating and fishing options which are allowed as long as you have a permit. You and Fido will have just as much fun enjoying the natural walk, being able to rest under shaded spots and dip your feet in the river to cool off. Along the trail, you'll see other hikers, along with people bicycling, horseback riding, and show-shoeing and skiing in the winter. Camping is even allowed as long as you're 75 feet from the river's edge. The trail ends at the confluence of the Tenant creek into the Kern River, and a connecting trail goes over the river and back to the main highway. At this point, you and Fido will need to turn around to head back to the car.

The scenic and rough landscape of the valley provides and refreshing and relaxing experience after a long day in the city and will be sure to provide plenty of sights and exercise for you and Fido.

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, River, Desert, Diverse Landscape, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The trail is made for horseback riding and hikers, but due to its narrow girth, be mindful and move over when needed. The trail is mostly uncovered and exposed to the sun, so bring sunscreen.
Address
Delonegha Day Use Area, CA-178
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Hours
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Address
Delonegha Day Use Area, CA-178
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset