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Seven Teacups, CA

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Distance One Way 2.36 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,339 feet
Accumulated Gain 270 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.26
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Sun  6:00am - 5:20pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Johnsondale Bridge Hike
0.8 mi away
4.0 mi
North Fork Kern River Trail
0.9 mi away
1.6 mi
114 ft
Trail of 100 Giants
5.4 mi away
1.4 mi
156 ft
Lower Salmon Creek
6.2 mi away
3.7 mi
1,159 ft
Dome Rock Trail
6.9 mi away
1.4 mi
121 ft
Needles Lookout
9.8 mi away
4.6 mi
500 ft
The Needles Trail
10.1 mi away
4.5 mi
425 ft
Freeman Creek Trail
10.7 mi away
8.6 mi
1,550 ft
Forks of the Kern
11.4 mi away
4.4 mi
2,200 ft
Sunday Peak Trail
13.8 mi away
3.4 mi
1,076 ft
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Overview
A classic Class C Sierra canyon of interlinked pools in bare granite. Short and beautiful with a good combination of slides, jumps (optional), and rappels.

Warning
Be smart! Although this is a frequently-visited canyon in season, always be prepared with enough gear to replace webbing and rapides in case they are worn or missing. At minimum, you will need: helmet, harness, rappelling device and biner, and 2x60 ft ropes. Check out the canyon flow before you commit - several challenges may be too powerful for even the most experienced during strong flow. Before jumping from any height, send at least one person down to assess pool depth and check for any hidden obstacles. As always, carry extra rope. Crossing the Kern River can also be dangerous. Know what you're doing!


Hike
For the bottom-up approach, follow the River Trail across the bridge, down a flight of stairs, and then north along the east bank of the Kern River. Safest river crossing is approx 800' upstream of the confluence with Dry Meadow Creek (Seven Teacups). After crossing, hike and scramble up and up, angling slightly south toward the head of Dry Meadow Creek. Drop into the creek shortly above the first teacup.

Begin by hiking in the water and on the rock. Enjoy rappelling, down climbing, jumping, swimming, and otherwise navigating the teacups.
If the Kern is low and crossing easy, you can cross at the confluence of Dry Meadow Creek and the Kern River. Otherwise, hike approx 800' north along the bank to the safer (shallower) crossing. Hike back along the River Trail, which provides some excellent views when it climbs high above the river.

autumnstars
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To canyon trip
    From Kernville, drive north on MH-99 until you cross the Johnsondale Bridge (parking area signed for River access). This will be 19.4 mi from Kern River Brewing. This parking lot is your starting point for the bottom-up route. Or, leave a shuttle here for the Brennan route.
    Continue on MH-99 another 1.5 mi to an unpaved pull out on the left hand side of the road. Park here and hike approx 400 ft back down the road and cross to the start of a jeep trail for the Brennan route.
    page created by autumnstars on Oct 20 2017 8:24 pm
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