» Forks of the Kern
Bird’s Eye View
The Forks of the Kern run is one of the best combinations of remote wilderness and high-adrenaline white water in California. In that regard, it’s a little like the Tuolumne, but cranked up a notch. Most boaters agree that the scenery is some of the best on any Sierra river, and definitely the top wilderness run in the southern Sierra.
The “Forks” in a Nutshell
Difficulty: Class IV+ – V
Gradient: 65 ft/mi
Length: 17 miles
Season: April – June
Put-in: Lloyds Meadow Campground
Take-out: Johnsondale Bridge
Who should go: Only expert kayakers and rafters should attempt this on their own, but several outfitters run the Forks.
Whitewater & Scenery
Two days won’t seem like enough time to experience some of the most stunning scenery in the California foothills, especially since paddlers spend most of their energy trying to safely navigate the countless Class IV and V rapids.
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