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Inyokern, California

Inyokern, California, is a must-visit for outdoor adventures. One of the top attractions is the Pacific Crest Trail, a challenging hiking route with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The trail boasts unique rock formations and a variety of flora and fauna. It crosses several rivers and passes by beautiful lakes, making it a scenic choice for hikers. Nearby, the Indian Wells Brewing Company offers a refreshing break with locally brewed beers. For those interested in bird watching, the Kern River Preserve is home to over 140 species of birds. The best Trails and Outdoor Activities in Inyokern truly offer something for everyone.

Top Spots in and near Inyokern

  • Inyokern, California

    Five Fingers Trail

    4.0
    2.34 mi / 1234 ft gain
    Five Fingers Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Onyx, California.
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  • Kern County, California

    Walker Pass Campground Trail

    1.84 mi / 240 ft gain
    Walker Pass Campground Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Onyx, California.
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  • Kern County, California

    Off-Road to McIver's Cabin

    5.0
    A little over 2 hours north of LA on Highway 14, there is an abrupt turnoff for Horse Canyon Road, which is also SC65. Just a few hundred meters off the 14 there is a large map which you continue straight by and follow SC65 for about 7 miles, along relatively flat dirt roads. The trail does bec...
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  • Little Lake, California

    Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

    5.0
    197.06 mi / 9354 ft gain
    Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Little Lake, California.
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  • Kern County, California

    Camp Under Red Rock Canyon

    Red Rock Canyon is a must stop for those driving along Highway 14 between the Owens and Antelope Valleys. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range and features scenic desert cliffs, buttes, and spectacular rock formations. Each tributary ...
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  • Cantil, California

    Hike Nightmare Gulch

    10 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Heading north on highway 14, pass the turnoff for Ricardo campground on your left and take the second turn-off on the right, immediately past the large rock outcropping. Park and walk a few feet up the obvious trail and you should see a sign for Scenic Canyon to the right. Follow that trail acros...
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  • Inyo County, California

    Fossil Falls Trail

    4.3
    0.58 mi / 43 ft gain
    Fossil Falls is located east of Highway 395, a few miles south of Coso Junction, 45 min north of Ridgecrest. There is Bureau of Land Management sign pointing the way, but it is small, faded, and easy to miss, so be on the lookout. After about a mile drive on a marked dirt road, you'll reach the ...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Night Photography on the Road to Trona

    5.0
    The town of Trona is very small but the landscape here is definitely one you shouldn't miss out on seeing. These crazy tufa formations were formed underwater before Searles Lake dried up many years ago. Amazingly, they are still standing tall! Very tall in fact, you can see how they've dwarfed my...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Trona Pinnacles OHV Route

    12.07 mi / 344 ft gain
    Trona Pinnacles OHV Route is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Trona, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Trona Pinnacles

    4.6
    The Trona Pinnacles in the California Desert National Conservation has a very unusual-looking landscape, which consists of hundreds of tufa spires reaching about 140 feet, all with varying shapes and sizes. From the drive-in to the drive-out, bone-chilling and awe-inspiring landscape as far as t...
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  • Kernville, California

    Hike up Powers Peak in Kernville

    10 mi / 3200 ft gain
    High Level Details: ~10 Miles Round Trip~3,200 feet total elevation gain for tripTrailhead elevation: 2,811 feetHighest Point on the trail: Powers Peak, 5,778 feetEstimated Time to complete: 4-5 hoursNo water source along the way, so bring plenty of water Dog friendly? Yes! We love bringing Linco...
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  • Kernville, California

    Camp at Lower Springhill

    The Lower Springhill Campground is a primitive campsite situated along the Kern River in the southern area of Sequoia National Forest. Since this is a primitive campground, there is no potable water, bathrooms or garbage service. You must pack out what you bring in.The campground is easily access...
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  • Kernville, California

    Dispersed Camp along Salmon Creek in Sequoia NF

    There are several dispersed campsites found throughout the Sequoia National Forest. The majority can be found by driving on any of the OHV accessible roads. This particular campsite can be found at coordinates 35.89759, -118.4628. In order to get to the campsite, use Google Maps to get you to the...
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  • Kern County, California

    Remington Hot Springs

    2.0
    0.27 mi / 36 ft gain
    ...One thing about hot springs is that no matter where it may be, they always bring an attraction of people. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever been to a hot spring that didn't gather more then 20+ people in a single sitting. I mean, in all seriousness aside, what's not to like about a ba...
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  • Kern County, California

    Remington Ridge Trail

    11.45 mi / 3927 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, take Highway 178 and turn onto Borel Road, then turn onto Kern Canyon Road and follow the road. It might be easiest to put the Hot Springs into Google Maps and use that to navigate you to the parking lot. Park in the lot and walk across the road, where you'll see a sign l...
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  • Camp Nelson, California

    Fly Fish the Kern River above the Johnsondale Bridge

    5.0
    4 mi / 100 ft gain
    Check in at the local fly fishing shop in Kernville to check the latest status, then continue up the 20 mile stretch of Mountain Hwy 99 until you cross the Johnsondale Bridge. Park, pack, then begin your 30-45 minute hike up the trail before setting your rod.After you're finished, stop by the Ker...
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Camping and Lodging in Inyokern

Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA
Weldon, California

Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA

Paradise Cove
Lake Isabella, California

Paradise Cove

Tillie Creek
Wofford Heights, California

Tillie Creek

Live Oak
Wofford Heights, California

Live Oak

Live Oak South
Wofford Heights, California

Live Oak South

French Gulch
Lake Isabella, California

French Gulch

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