We at SoCal Rafting invited Casey Schreiner from Modern Hiker out to the Kern River Valley. We planned a day of Sequoia National Forest hiking to Salmon Creek Falls followed by Kern River whitewater rafting! Casey and his friend arrived from Los Angeles in just over 3 hours to our River Toyz store in Kernville, Ca. Guide Manager John and I welcomed Casey and his guest into the river store to sign waivers so that the four of us could begin our day of hiking fun, beautiful scenery and adventure!
We arrived at the trail head of Salmon Creek Falls around 11:00 am. The weather was just perfect for a Sequoia hike. We had some puffy white clouds above to keep it a bit cool. Temperatures were in the high 60’s to low 70’s. We started on the scenic Sequoia National Forest hike headed for Salmon Creek Falls.
We took the high trail first. It was a fairly short hike, but pretty intense. It takes a fair amount of free climbing skills. The high trail gave us a perfect bird’s eye view overlooking the “Alien Head” waterfall. Once we were done taking in the view of the Sequoia National Forest from the edge of the canyon walls, we carefully made our way down to the lower trail.
The lower trail is very scenic and pretty easy for the average active person. I would take just about anyone on the lower trail unless they have a really hard time with balance. It is very scenic and gives me the feeling of “The Land of the Lost.” There are several places to stop along the lower trail to have bite to eat or take a dip in the falls.
The lower trail goes right along the Salmon Creek Falls until you reach the last “Alien Head” waterfall. This unique hidden gem of a hike is worth the trip to the Sequoia National Forest. Rock climbers enjoy this canyon as well. There are endless adventures here in the Kern River Valley. Next up, whitewater rafting on the mighty Kern River!
Kern River Rafting
After our nice Sequoia hike we took Modern Hiker over to the Kern River Brewing Company for a nice lunch. We took in the fresh air and chatted with Casey about the whitewater rafting we would be doing in the next hour or so. Casey had never been rafting before, but his friend had. Our river trips at SoCal Rafting are perfect for first timers. We run class I-III rapids, so it’s not too crazy but a lot of fun!
By the time we got on the river the sun was out and the temperature was in the 70′s. The weather was perfect for rafting in board shorts and a tank top. John, our guide took us down Big Daddy rapids backwards. Casey fell softly back and out of the raft for a short swim. My body held Casey’s friend in the boat. I quickly grabbed Casey out of the drink and into the raft. He was all smiles and his friend really enjoyed watching him swim as well. Check out the GoPro footage we captured on our YouTube Channel.