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Gary C.

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Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:25:50 PM »
With the weather remaining so mild some friends and I decided to make our first trip of the season over the holiday weekend. We hiked the Rincon Trail paralleling the Kern River from the Sherman Pass road to Durrwood Creek. We left Lancaster Saturday morning and drove straight to the trail. It is a difficult hike of 7mls of up and down and up and down some more and more again. If I remember correctly my buddy said that his GPS showed something like a 1,800ft gain and 1,500 descent just getting to camp.

This is from the trail heading north. Those are the needles in the background.


Thanks to the packers keeping a cache at the creek such as grills and cast iron skillets we decided to carry in some luxury items. We had steaks for dinner Saturday night and pancakes with butter/syrup for breakfast on Sunday. We spent the day Sunday doing a little exploring and lazing around. We just enjoyed the spring like day. We even saw a few mosquitos and had a few deer flies buzzing us in the afternoon. The daytime temps were in the 70's and the coldest it got was 33" Sunday night. There was another group that camped down stream from us but they were the only people we saw. Durrwood Creek is a very pretty little creek and I would hike there again. I saw a lot of little wild trout that would be fun in season.



Looking up towards the head waters of Durrwood Creek.


Beautiful little waterfall we found.


My friend Vince giving a little perspective for size of the fall.


"The Needles"


It was a great way to spend a long weekend in February.

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Re: Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 08:01:32 PM »
Nice report and pics. Looks like it was fun. Thanks :clap:

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Re: Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 07:18:10 AM »
Nice trip!  Had to look it up as I never heard of Duurwood Creek.  Hiked up from Johnsondale Bridge many times but never went that far.  Good way to start your year!
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Re: Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2015, 08:32:37 AM »
I've heard of this place.  Isn't there a cool little cabin and cable crossing there as well?   Did you have to hike down the creek from the trail to the cabin?   Always wanted to check the area out, but I heard coming in from the west side (easier??) of the Kern is over private property, then you have to cross the Kern by the cable system.  Interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2015, 10:05:28 AM »
We just hiked the Rincon Trail as where it crosses Durrwood Creek on it's way to the Forks area. The easiest way to Durrwood Camp on the Kern itself is from the Peppermint Creek trail on the west side except that it crosses closed private property. I went there a several years ago by following a un-maintained trail from the south.

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Re: Durrwood Creek, First backpack of the year.
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2015, 04:13:49 PM »
way to go gary!   what a wonderful trip!     
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