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The Best Backpacking in Kern County

Looking for the best backpacking in Kern County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Kern County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Kern County

  • Kern County, California

    PCT: CA Section F - Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass

    83.69 mi / 15377 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section F - Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mojave, California.
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  • Lake Hughes, California

    Hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Horse Trail to Bear Campground

    11.63 mi / 2396 ft gain
    This is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. If you're through-hiking or sectional hiking, you'll have to hit it eventually. Try and avoid it in the late summer or early fall because of heat, and gnats. Find a way to check the bug report, we got marauded by gnats 90% of the way (early October) and ap...
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  • Lake Hughes, California

    Gillette Mine Trail

    9.96 mi / 2359 ft gain
    Gillette Mine Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Lake Hughes, California.
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  • Frazier Park, California

    Mount Pinos via McGill Trail

    4.0
    15.99 mi / 3196 ft gain
    Mount Pinos via McGill Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Frazier Park, California.
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  • Onyx, California

    Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak

    8.53 mi / 2270 ft gain
    Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Weldon, California.
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  • Castaic, California

    Hiking the Piru Creek Gorge Trail

    Take the I-5 exit North of Castaic, CA at Templin Hwy. Turn onto Golden State Hwy heading the only direction it goes from the exit, North. When it dead-ends in a few miles at the National Forest Gate, you are at Frenchman's Flat.You can camp here, or hang with the day hikers. Heading North along ...
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  • Frazier Park, California

    Condor Summit and Vincent Tumamait Trail

    9.45 mi / 2129 ft gain
    Condor Summit and Vincent Tumamait Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Frazier Park, California.
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  • Santa Clarita, California

    Pacific Crest Trail: Bouquet Canyon

    5.88 mi / 1368 ft gain
    Pacific Crest Trail: Bouquet Canyon is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Palmdale, California.
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  • Kernville, California

    Cannell Meadow Trail

    21.02 mi / 5623 ft gain
    Cannell Meadow Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Kernville, California.
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  • Kernville, California

    Cannell Peak from Sierra Way

    28.76 mi / 7707 ft gain
    Cannell Peak from Sierra Way is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Kernville, California.
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  • Kern County, California

    PCT: CA Section G - Walker Pass to Crabtree Meadow (Mount Whitney)

    119.99 mi / 26522 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section G - Walker Pass to Crabtree Meadow (Mount Whitney) is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Inyokern, California.
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  • Santa Clarita, California

    PCT: CA Section E - Agua Dulce to Tehachapi Pass

    109.33 mi / 19902 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section E - Agua Dulce to Tehachapi Pass is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Acton, California.
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