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The Kern River

California


Dome Rock on the Western Divide

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On the summit of Dome Rock on the Western Divide above the Kern River Valley

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

August 17, 2012
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Dome Rock and the Needes

The George Bush Tree

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A plaque dedicating the President George Bush Tree in the Freeman Creek Grove of giant Sequoias

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

August 15, 2012
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Forks of the Kern Trailhead

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An open forest of Jeffrey pine and black oak with groundcover of mountain misery

Forks of the Kern Trailhead, Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

August 15, 2012
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Lloyd Meadow Road

South Creek Falls

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South Creek Falls, low water in late summer, east of Johnsondale

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

August 15, 2012
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Johnsondale Road

The Kern River at Limestone Camp

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The Kern River, running black with ashes, at Limestone Campground near Johnsondale

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

August 15, 2012
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Kern River

Sherman Pass east of the Kern River

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High above the Kern River Canyon on the Sherman Pass Road.

Sequoia National Forest, California

September 26, 2012
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Sherman Pass Road

Kern Plateau

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Troy Meadow, one of many on the Kern Plateau

Sequoia National Forest, California

September 26, 2012
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Joshua trees and gray pines near Walker Pass

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Joshua trees and gray pines growing adjacent to each other near Canebreak. Those species are distinctive elements of two geographically separated vegetation types - gray pines in the Sierra foothills, and Joshua trees at higher elevations in the deserts.

Sequoia National Forest, west of Walker Pass, California

March 16, 2009
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South Fork of the Kern River

Kern River Preserve

 thumbnail - Kern River Preserve Headquarters

Headquarters for the Audubon Society's Kern RIver Reserve, purchased in 1979 by the Nature Conservancy to protect riparian habitats. It is noted for a number of rare and endangered species of birds.

near Weldon on the Walker Pass Road, California

March 16, 2009
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South Fork of the Kern River

Lake Isabella

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The Walker Pass Highway (CA 198) follows the south shore of Lake Isabella on the Kern River.

Sequoia National Forest, California

March 16, 2009
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Lower Kern River

Lake Isabella drawn down to 6% of capacity

 thumbnail - Low water in Lake Isabella after four years of drought

Lake isabella on the Kern River was down to 6% of capacity in fall of 2015.

near Patriot Point Campground on Lake Isabella, California

October 16, 2015
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Lower Kern River

Kern River Canyon below Lake Isabella

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Parts of Highway 198 in the Kern River Canyon below Lake Isabella have been upgraded, but the old road remains as a scenic alternative.

Sequoia National Forest, California

March 15, 2009
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Lower Kern River

Kern River in the lower canyon

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The Kern River in the canyon below Lake Isabella is conspicuously posted with warnings about the danger from sudden releases of water for hydroelectric generation. Between 1968 and 2015 a total of 271 people have drowned on this 25 mile stretch of river.

Sequoia National Forest, California

March 15, 2009
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Lower Kern River

Powerhouse at the mouth of the Kern River Gorge

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The Kern River exits the Sierra through a narrow canyon east of Bakersfield. A series of small diversion dams, aqueducts, and powerhouses harness the energy potential of the river.

Kern River east of Bakersfield, California

October 17, 2015
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Lower Kern River

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