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Kern Peak
Kern Peak is located in California
Kern Peak
Kern Peak
Location in California
Highest point
Elevation 11,510 ft (3,510 m)
Prominence 2,560 ft (780 m)
Parent peak Trail Peak
Location California, United States
Parent range Central South Sierra
Topo map USGS Kern Peak
First ascent 1924 by William Horsfall and C. Laughlin
Easiest route Trail Hike

Kern Peak is a mountain peak in Tulare County, California in the Sierra Nevadas. At 11,510 ft (3,508 m) in elevation and about 2,560 ft (780 m) of prominence, it is ranked 49th on the most prominent peaks in California. It is west of Olancha Peak, which is in the same mountain range. The climb to the top of this summit follows a paved road, and the trail is about 28 mi (45 km) long. The best time to climb the mountain is May to October.


Several campsites are located along the routes to the summit. Some of these campsites are located by the South Fork Kern River. There are also some areas not designated for camping, but are able to be camped on. Permits are required to be able to camp in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Permits can be reserved ahead of time.

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