Creek Crossings – Kennedy Meadows to Forester Pass

Mile 707: South Fork of the Kern River

Wooden Bridge

Wood Bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River

Mile 716: South Fork of the Kern River

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge over the 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

Early season Rock Creek crossing (looking back at the crossing)











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

Snow bridge in the meadow headed towards the Whitney Creek crossing


Crossing Whitney Creek upstream of the trail crossing after going around the meadow.




















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

Trail crossing at Wallace Creek
Snow bridge used to cross Wallace.





















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.

June 13th, 2011: Morning crossing at trail. Knee to thigh deep. Fast moving water, utilized linking arms to get across. Another account says there was a snow bridge crossing ~0.5 miles upstream.

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

Tyndall Creek crossing
Visible spots along the creek. Water was raging, but tough to safely get to.





















June 12th, 2006: Morning crossing, 30 foot wide ford on the trail.

June 13th, 2011: Late afternoon observation. Appeared to be more ‘hyped up’ than it should have been. Another account says it was an easy, knee-deep morning crossing near the trail crossing.

June 14th, 2011: Morning crossing went easily across pre-scoped crossing area.