Time to tackle the Powers Peak trail

Photo Courtesy Sarah Rooffener

Photo Courtesy Paul Armes
The 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 start from the turnoff for Powers Peak.

You’ll take the Cannell trail for about 4.2 miles to the saddle. From here you can see the whole valley — GREAT VIEWS! There’s not really a sign but you’ll be able to see where the trail forks and one goes toward Cannell and the other cuts back toward Kernville and Powers Peak.
Now the fun begins as you make your way toward the base of the peak. Lots of loose dirt here going up, so some good shoes and hiking poles are a must, but you can make it without.

Shoes, you say? I recommend the Altra Lone Peaks. You’ll see these shoes everywhere on the trails, and once you try them you’ll be sold!

The trail is pretty easy to follow and well-defined; it is rutted out and sandy though. It’s ranked as moderate ‘til the final climb, which is ranked difficult. It is less than a mile to the peak, but keep in mind safety first. Do not attempt it, unless you are well prepared.

Once on the peak, your views of the town of Kernville are epic; you can almost see the whole valley. I suggest a “Yodel lay hee hoo” at the top — see if Kernville can hear you. Haha.

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