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Cooks Peak via Yankee Canyon

By Kern Valley Sun / October 14, 2020

By Paul Armes The trailhead for this hike is just off Highway 178 on the Yankee Canyon turnoff. There’s a big dirt turnout on the right. You can see the trail start right from the turnout and head toward the hill. The first mile of this hike is tough. The loose sand added to the […]

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Fall is prime-time cat fishing

By Kern Valley Sun / October 14, 2020

by Matt Freeman Well, fall is in the air! Cooler temps at night, the sun is setting a bit sooner and the weather is just beautiful— like it always is this time of year. As a lifelong resident of the Kern River Valley, I wanted to share one of my very favorite types of fishing […]

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Time to tackle the Powers Peak trail

By Kern Valley Sun / October 7, 2020

Photo Courtesy Sarah Rooffener Photo Courtesy Paul ArmesThe trail to Powers Peak offers great views of the Kern River Valley. The Powers Peak hike starts the same place as the Cannell Meadow trail. This is the main mountain you’re looking at in Kernville. So we’re gonna skip the first half of the trail description and […]

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Fall fishing in the high country is fun

By Kern Valley Sun / October 7, 2020

Adobe Stock Fall is the perfect time to do a little fly fishing in the area. by Matt Freeman 2020 — the year of COVID-19, murder hornets, smoky skies, asteroid near-misses and other assorted craziness is nearing the final stretch. Oh, and don’t forget, the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE I have ever seen […]

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Hiking the Sirretta Peak is‘super fun’

By Kern Valley Sun / September 29, 2020

By Paul Armes NAME: Sirretta Peak LOCATION: North off of Mountain 99 toward Johnsondale HIKE TOTAL: 7.5 miles roundtrip CLIMB: 2,241 feet of elevation gain Other than Mt. Whitney, this is one of my favorite hikes. Super fun trail that almost puts you at 10,000 feet (9,853). To get to the trailhead from Kernville: Head […]

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Fall trolling for crappie

By Kern Valley Sun / September 29, 2020

By Matt Freeman Lake Isabella is widely known as one of the premier crappie fishing waters in all of California. We have both black and white crappie, and fish more than 3 pounds being caught each spring is not uncommon. Crappie are very structure-oriented and love tree and rock cover most of the year. Primarily […]

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20.3 miles to hike the Cannell Meadow

By Kern Valley Sun / September 23, 2020

By Paul Armes Cannell Meadow20.3 miles roundtrip5108 feet elevation gain Getting to the trailhead from Kernville: Drive north on Mountain 99 about a mile. Trailhead will be marked in the turnout on the right, just after Camp Owens and before Kern Powerhouse #3. There is a Forest Service sign with trail info and a registry. […]

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Tips and tricks for catching fish in green water

By Kern Valley Sun / September 23, 2020

During our last A.B.A Bass Tournament, I witnessed the greenest water of the season. The algae bloom has been really bad this summer. The hot weather, low lake levels and lack of river inflow seemed to have worsened the bloom.  A lot of fishermen believe those conditions create poor fishing. That is not the case […]

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Chinook salmon are now stocked

By Kern Valley Sun / September 16, 2020

By Matt Freeman The year 2020 has been one to remember for the Kern River Valley, both good and bad! As we wait out the last of the hot days of summer and get ready for what is always a nice fall and the re-opening of our lake and river and National Forests after the […]

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Needles Lookout is easy roundtrip

By Kern Valley Sun / September 9, 2020

By Paul Armes Needles Lookout Trail 4.5 miles roundtrip 1,220 foot elevation gain Best time to hike — May through October From the trailhead at the Ponderosa Lodge, head north a mile or so until you see FS Road 21S05 (marked Needles Lookout) and turn right. It’s a dusty dirt road for a mile until […]

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