River Trail

Area Status: Open

33E30 The River Trail is 5.1 miles long. It begins at Johnsondale Bridge (19 miles north of Kernville via Mt. Hwy. 99), proceeding north from the bridge and eventually intersects with the Rincon Trail (33E23). The trail climbs at a gentle to moderate grade over riverside bluffs, then descends to interspersed riverside terraces. Grey pine, live oak, incense cedar, manzanita and Jeffrey pine dot the areas as wells as high boulders creating cave-like campsites. Parts of this trail may be submerged at the height of spring run-off. Good access for fishing on the North Fork of the Kern River. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, and overnight backpacking trips.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Reservations: No reservations required.
Fees: Free of charge.
Permit Info: A fishing license is required for all persons over the age of 16.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Tread Lightly- don't use or create switchbacks. Pack In- Pack Out.
Closest Towns: Kernville and Riverkern
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Kernville Ranger Station


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  Area/Length : 
5.1 miles