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Backpacking Recommendations for Memorial Day

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Re: Backpacking Recommendations for Memorial Day

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu May 05, 2011 7:23 am

Think about the South Fk. of the Kern.

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Re: Backpacking Recommendations for Memorial Day

Postby richlong8 » Thu May 05, 2011 12:33 pm

I normally do the South Fork of the Kern early season. I have not bothered this year because the water flows are very high. The high flows impact the fishing...there are many burned areas in that part of the Sierra, and snakes, but it is remote. It can be difficult to get info about what roads are open in the Southern Sierra from the ranger stations by phone. A "scouting trip" a week or two before going will help you plan more effectively. Same goes for Forks of the Kern, Kern Flat, etc; One weekend the gates will be locked, the next they will be open and the trail heads accessible.
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