Thank you for the information and the picture to back it up, we will probably end up going that way due to the uncertainty of the crossing at Forks of the Kern. If anyone has any quick insight about that crossing please feel free to say it.
I like your advice, I am going to make the most of this trip and I feel it will be very enjoyable. The Kern River area is new to me and I will be sure to soak up all that nature has to offer. And I do love the snow, however 3 days after this trip I am headed up to the Valley to make an attempt on the Leaning Tower (west face) and the Lost Arrow Spire.
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I may have crossed at Forks of the Kern in high water more than anyone. I know the best place to cross. For the next 2 to 6 weeks it will be absolutely dangerous. I wouldn't even consider crossing soon. One can hike to Kern Flat in one day via the bridge that cross the LK (picture). I once hiked out from Kern Flat and drove home to LA in the same day via the bridge.
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