Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 19

WALKER PASS to KENNEDY MEADOWS: Go 48.5 miles on the Kern Plateau, a slanted wilderness that connects foxtail pine country to the crumbling granite obelisks of the Sierra foothills.
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WALKER PASS to KENNEDY MEADOWS: Go 48.5 miles on the Kern Plateau, a slanted wilderness that connects foxtail pine country to the crumbling granite obelisks of the Sierra foothills.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 78.2

Waypoints

PCT365

Location: 35.6641159057617, -118.037605285645

Walker Pass Campground; Keep N

PCT366

Location: 35.6630516052246, -118.036399841309

L to CA 198

PCT367

Location: 35.6630516052246, -118.027420043945

PCT crosses Walker Pass @ CA 178 near a monument describing the area pioneer history. Considered the start of the Sierra Nevada, where views become more dramatic as jagged granite peaks enter the scene.

PCT368

Location: 35.6871337890625, -117.994003295898

Campsites on a saddle amongst trees

PCT369

Location: 35.6948165893555, -117.986015319824

Campsites on Morris/Jenkins Saddle

PCT370

Location: 35.7429008483887, -118.022933959961

Spur to Joshua Tree Spring: spring best skipped, according to the guideboook, it has tested positive for high levels of uranium.

PCT371

Location: 35.7602844238281, -118.040802001953

Saddle

PCT372

Location: 35.7689666748047, -118.027900695801

Spanish Needle Creek 1st Crossing

PCT373

Location: 35.7735824584961, -118.029449462891

2nd crossing Spanish Needle Creek, this fork has the largest flow so fill up here.

PCT374

Location: 35.7768821716309, -118.027282714844

3rd crossing Spanish Needle Creek

PCT375

Location: 35.7757339477539, -118.025001525879

4th crossing Spanish Needle Creek

PCT376

Location: 35.7819328308106, -118.022186279297

Saddle

PCT377

Location: 35.7811508178711, -118.002182006836

Windy, exposed saddle features great views E down into the dry Mojave Desert area left behind.

PCT378

Location: 35.8044166564941, -118.01294708252

A large, established campsite on a broad ridge before making the decent down towards Lamont Creek

PCT379

Location: 35.8349838256836, -118.043769836426

Chimney Creek

PCT380

Location: 35.835765838623, -118.043998718262

Canebrake Road

PCT381

Location: 35.8546981811523, -118.06396484375

Spur to Fox Mill Spring

PCT382

Location: 35.855899810791, -118.064315795898

Fox Mill Road

PCT383

Location: 35.879150390625, -118.068534851074

Cross dirt road

PCT384

Location: 35.8904342651367, -118.087417602539

Cross dirt road

PCT385

Location: 35.8993682861328, -118.110198974609

Cross dirt road

PCT386

Location: 35.9247016906738, -118.14924621582

First creek in Rockhouse Basin

PCT387

Location: 35.9765319824219, -118.155235290527

South Fork Kern River, where the watercourse passes through a tight gateway of resistant bedrock.

PCT388

Location: 35.9846839904785, -118.148635864258

Diminutive Pine Creek

PCT389

Location: 35.9986152648926, -118.141632080078

Creeklet at the begining of the expansive sagebrush plain of Kennedy Meadows

PCT390

Location: 36.0154151916504, -118.13151550293

Dirt Road

PCT391

Location: 36.0235328674316, -118.134216308594

Crosses a paved road, just to R of bridge over South Fork Kern River. Turn R to visit the Kennedy Meadows General Store.

PCT392

Location: 36.0190010070801, -118.123466491699

Kennedy Meadows General Store:great porch for relaxing, showers, laundry, and package service

PCT393

Location: 36.0244827270508, -118.133232116699

PCT Trailhead

PCT394

Location: 36.0275497436523, -118.13298034668

Dirt road

PCT395

Location: 36.0517997741699, -118.130363464355

Kennedy Meadows Campground S end

PCT396

Location: 36.0545501708984, -118.130683898926

Kennedy Meadows TH @ N end;

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Tight squeeze on the South Fork Kern River

Location: 35.9763526916504, -118.154655456543

©Jack Haskel

Barren landscape

Location: 35.7916412353516, -118.01602935791

©Jack Haskel