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Is crossing the little kern safe at forks of kern in late Ju

Postby ddub123 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:43 am

Some buddies and I are wanting to backpack up the kern river starting from the forks of the kern trail head in the next week. Just wondering if it will be possible (and reasonably safe) to cross the little kern. We are all carrying full packs for a 3-4 day trip.

I know this isn't the fishing forum, but if anyone knows if its even worth while trying to fish the upper kern right now, it would be greatly appreciated.



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Re: Is crossing the little kern safe at forks of kern in late Ju

Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:49 pm

I would be interested in any trip report. We are supposed to be up there in 2.5 weeks including crossing the FOK. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I know 2 weeks ago - the crossing was well beyond my safety comfort level.
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Re: Is crossing the little kern safe at forks of kern in late Ju

Postby ddub123 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:58 pm

If we decide to hike down to evaluate, I will make sure to post my observations.
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Re: Is crossing the little kern safe at forks of kern in late Ju

Postby Tom » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:50 pm

This year the guys on the Kern flyfishing website are reporting it as a treacherous crossing. I actually don't know how to interpret that since a lot of we fly guys are weenies. However, here's the address for their website. They are pretty friendly with info unless you ask about their "honey" spots.

http://www.kernriverflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl

Most years it isn't bad the nearer to July that you get. This year a lot of people have been bypassing the Forks by starting at Jackass Flats.

Good luck.
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Re: Is crossing the little kern safe at forks of kern in late Ju

Postby Cross Country » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:10 pm

Trying to wade across the LK this year in June, and maybe in July would be extremely dangerous. I have crossed the LK many many times in various conditions. There is a way to cross it in high water. The uppermost place where you can easily walk from the crossing on the east side is where you go. I have done it the following way two times in very high water. At the above mentioned place you can swim across. Your partner then throws you nylon cord to the east side. You then tie the cord to your rubber raft. Ferry the pack across once per pack back and forth. Then ferry the your partner(s) one at a time. The return is done the same way. I know this sounds a little extreme but to me waaay better than "death marches" that I've read about here to which no one takes exception. I write this, of course, with a smile on my face. This is fun. I am, however, entirely serious about crossing the LK.
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