Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,762.00 ft (1,451.46 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
18.50 mi (29.77 km)
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The Blackrock to Kern River Trail is a 18.5-mile out-and-back trail located in the southern Sierra Nevada, west of Lone Pine, California. On the southern border of the Golden Trout Wilderness, this well-maintained singletrack trail descends to Casa Vieja Meadows, Jordan Hot Springs, and the Wild and Scenic Kern River. As the trail winds along creeks and streams, it passes through pine forests and tree-rimmed meadows.

The trail is mostly downhill on the way to the Kern River, with a significant amount of elevation gain on the way back, making the return trip much more strenuous. The area is popular for trail running, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. 

JORDAN HOT SPRINGS

Jordan Hot Springs are a series of thermal mineral springs with an average temperature of 104 degrees. While the site served as a resort for settlers during the mid-19th century, its significance goes much further back in time. Historically, the hot springs and the surrounding area have been used by prehistoric peoples and native Americans who considered it a sacred place. In 1992, Jordan Hot Springs became designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Jordan Hot Springs makes a great destination for a day hike or overnight camping trip. Permits are required for overnight camping in Golden Trout Wilderness. Permits can be obtained from a Sequoia or Inyo National Forest ranger station, visitor center, or online at www.recreation.gov

SEASONS AND CLOSURES

Spring and fall are ideal for hiking and summer is pleasant but can get hot.

The road leading to Blackrock Trailhead is closed in the winter. 

WATER

Water from creeks and streams must be treated before consumption. 

CREEK CROSSINGS

This trail has several creek crossings that may have high water during heavy snow years. 

PERMITS AND CAMPING

Permits are required for overnight camping in Golden Trout Wilderness. Permits can be obtained from a Sequoia or Inyo National Forest ranger station, visitor center, or online at www.recreation.gov

For more information you can also visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21882.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Blackrock Trailhead: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd530911.pdf

Kern River Ranger District recreation information: 760-549-9533.

Jordan Hot Springs Trail: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sequoia/recarea/?recid=79725

Current Weather Conditions: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-118.30247039208188&lat=36.21927422610493#.YzxRKOzMI-R

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Hot springs. Meadows.

Cons

May get crowded on weekends.

Trailhead Elevation

8,900.00 ft (2,712.72 m)

Highest point

9,017.00 ft (2,748.38 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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