Mile 707: South Fork of the Kern River
Mile 716: South Fork of the Kern River
Mile 760: Rock Creek
May 19th, 2017: Afternoon crossing. Slightly sketchy snow bridge a few hundred yards upstream from trail crossing. Snow bridge out to an exposed log to finish crossing. Not a good place to slip. -Beta
June 11th, 2006: Morning crossing. Impassible at the trail, crossed large fallen log visible upstream.
June 12th, 2011: Morning crossing. Crossed the same upstream log by crawling across to avoid vertigo.
July 10th, 2011: Morning crossing. Group crossed at several different points safely, including the main log crossing, wading at the trail, and using some submerged logs.
Mile 766: Whitney Creek
May 12th, 2017: Trail crossing was about shin deep. Not hard. -Thor.
May 20th, 2017: Walked upstream into the open meadow and made a wide arc to stay on snow. Had to cross Whitney Creek upstream of the trail crossing at the end of the arc. Much smaller. Didn’t get wet. Didn’t see trail crossing. -Beta
June 11th, 2006: Early afternoon crossing. Thigh deep ford at trail.
June 12th, 2011: Afternoon crossing. Easy ford.
July 10th, 2011: Briefly mentioned as an easy, safe crossing.
Mile 770: Wallace Creek
May 20th, 2017: Trail crossing exposed and safe enough, but would require downclimbing the snow bank to get into the crossing. Instead, we found a sketchy snow bridge downstream about 200 yards. It was thin in the middle, so one person went across unweighted, cut steps into the bank, then we passed all our gear from one side of the bridge to another while staying off the center of the snow bridge. The bridge wouldn’t last for more than a few more days. -Beta
June 11th, 2006: Waist deep, calm water ford. Late in the day.
June 12th, 2011: Late afternoon observation. Water level visibly high. No attempt to cross made until morning.
June 13th, 2011: Morning crossing slightly upstream. Water level had lowered significantly overnight (about a foot). “Find the spot with the line of boulders, all underwater“.
Mile 771: Wright Creek
May 20th, 2017: Completely snowed over. Snow bridges likely to last for weeks. -Beta
June 11th, 2006: Impassible with late day snow melt (at least within several hundred yards from the trail crossing).
June 12th, 2006: Early morning crossing possible ~0.2 miles upstream from trail crossing. Water level didn’t significantly lower overnight.
Mile 775: Tyndall Creek
May 20th, 2017: Snowed over for the majority of the creek with several spots where the creek was actually visible. Water hard to access from steep snow walls. -Beta
June 12th, 2006: Morning crossing, 30 foot wide ford on the trail.
June 14th, 2011: Morning crossing went easily across pre-scoped crossing area.