Kern River Floating and Bridge Jumping 7/3 – 7/5/15

Every year we make it a point to do a campout on the Kern River for some cliff jumping, soaking, and river floating. This year was no different except we decided to camp along the Kern for the very busy 4th of July weekend. Holy crap was the river crowded. Every single spot you could possibly camp at along the river was jam packed with people. It almost looked like mini Hoovervilles every where. After scouring up and down the river for a spot we finally found a little bit of real estate at the lower springhill campground. We got lucky and found a small amount of space to set up camp in kind of a rocky area with nobody next to us. Either way we made it work and had a blast visiting other camp sites on the 4th and celebrating America’s Independence Day with every patron on the river.

After setting up camp we immediately blew up the rafts and headed for the river for some tubing down the Kern. We started by hiking up river from our campground and floated about 1 mile downstream going through some petty crazy rapids. We then hiked back to camp to do it all over again until dusk came about. People usually tend to start their floating at the power plant and float for a couple hours down river back into town, but since California is in the middle of a drought we figured that portion of the river would be too shallow to comfortably float down the river so we put it on the agenda to find other areas/rapids to float down. We succeeded. We drove to some pretty cool spots with awesome rapids to float down. At one point we made it to the Johnsondale Bridge for cliff jumping and floating but as soon as we got there, Larrdawg slipped on some rocks and busted his knee open (you could see his patella) which cut that day trip short. Thankfully we have an EMT in our group and he was able to do some bleeding control and patch the knee up for the hike back to the parking lot. Larrdawg ended up getting stitches in his knee that night and stayed dry for the rest of the trip. He’s a trooper for sticking it out.

Since our cliff jumping portion got cut short we did some bridge jumping instead. Even though the water level was super low all over the river, the water level under the bridge was decent enough to jump. We spent a few hours jumping and using the rope swing with a huge group of party goers before heading back to camp. Before we left we floated down to the “hidden” warm spring on the Upper Kern. We use the term hidden because it definitely isn’t a secret. It’s just hard to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This warm spring emerges from the river when the river level is significantly low. Even a normal summer thunderstorm can raise the river level enough to hide the warm spring. The water comes out warm so it isn’t worth soaking in when the cold river rises above the spring.

This was a super solid trip even though we had 1 minor injury. Floating down the river for 3 days straight definitely did not get old. We already have some new cliff jump spots and floating spots scouted out for next summer’s campout.

Check the pictures below of the warm spring, bridge jump, and tubing.

Pyramid Hot Spring 6/22/15

Pyramid Hot Spring which is located somewhere along the Kern River has a tendency to love to hide from people. For years this hot springs has rarely been accessible due to high river levels engulfing the hot spring making it impossible to soak in unless you have some scuba gear and don’t mind soaking under a raging river. Since California has been in a drought for the past few years, this hot spring has finally emerged allowing for a nice soak right along the edge of the Kern River. Even with this extreme drought the tub was no more than a foot above the river’s edge. With an El Nino reportedly approaching this winter (2015), who knows when or if this tub will be soakable within the near future. The water here is abnormally soft and has a unique smell. The smell isn’t bad nor strong, it’s just different. (No, not a sulfur smell).  It makes your skin feel extremely silky and does the body good. We love making this a short pit stop soak when we are in the Kern area. It has an awesome view from a nice tub that’s hidden from the untrained eye.

Pictures below:

Remington Hot Springs 4/1/13

Since we had so much fun the first time at the Remington Hot Springs along the Kern River we decided to head out there again for a second time. Yup. Two times in a row, but this time we didn’t forget to bring the camera. We took the (aprox.) 4 hour drive out to the Kern for a day of soaking in one of the coolest places to soak at.

When we got there the hot tubs only had a few people soaking for about an hour or so until we had the place to ourselves. We soaked all day long and met tons of people that came and went throughout the day. The river level rose a little bit from the last time we were there but all the tubs were still above the water and weren’t submerged from the overflowing river just yet. We met some interesting people on this trip from Asian tourists, to hitchhiking “free spirited” bums stuck in 1970, to nudist families, to the locals that show up everyday.

The tubs were in good shape but once the locals came to party at the tubs they didn’t think the cleanliness of the pools were up to their standards so they began to drain each pool individually so they could scrub them to death in order to soak in some crystal clear (not like it wasn’t clear enough before) water.

We left around dusk once the crowds started to show up. Every tub was full of people around this time so we thought it would be a good time to bail. We won’t be back until next winter because the summer crowds here suck and who wants to party with screaming babies and trash that consumes the place from people that don’t give two shits about mother nature. Once winter hits, we’ll be back for some more hardcore soaking.

Don’t forget to peep the pictures below as well as the video edit we made. This was our first time using a new camera we had just bought so we are still learning how t ouse all the HD settings. Don’t forget to watch it in HD!

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Kern River Hot Springs 1/15/13

On this trip we decided to head out past the grapevine and over to the dangerously majestic kern river. This romp was very last minute so we only brought the essentials, beer money and food. By the time we left the nearest town with a pack of PBR and a large pizza we were at the springs in no time. The hike down to the tubs takes less than 5 minutes but by then our pizza was already cold. This place has 4 tubs to soak in but since the river is so low during the winter time a more secluded 5th tub appeared a few feet upstream which was pretty small and warm.

These tubs were all cemented in by the locals and are covered in little pebbles, crystals, and buttons which are organized in all kinds of artsy designs. We would have taken more pictures but we only brought our phones so enjoy the poor quality pics below. We didn’t bring any video recording devices of any sort since it was so last minute so there will be no video for this trip as well.

Since we went on a weekday during winter time the place was pretty empty and only had a few people visiting for short periods of time throughout the day until the evening when a few locals came down to soak the night away. You always meet interesting people at natural hot springs and most of the time they’re always nice as long as you’re respectful. Not too much happened on this trip except for the fact that we soaked for 5 hours straight, only getting out to grab another beer or to drain the main vein. Nothing beats soaking in a natural hot spring in the middle of nature. The first romp of 2013 was a success as they always are.

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