The Island

About The Island

Once you’re here the work isn’t quite done yet, but you’re probably stoked as the hike is now behind you. Keep in mind, during early season or high water years you might not be able to cross the Little Kern to get to The Island as the water may be too high, but in most instances it’s crossable.

The Island sees a lot of use from boaters, fishermen, and backpackers, so be considerate of others and expect to share this beautiful spot.

happy rafter finishing the Forks of the Kern hike

At the finish line and very happy

Pumping up rafts at the Forks of the Kern Island

Now that you’re done with the hike, you jump into more aerobic exercises- pumping boats!

Mules crossing the Little Kern at the Forks of the Kern Island

Mule train crossing to The Island during a big water year.

Ceremonial guide huddle at the forks of the kern island

A long-standing tradition at The Island is just prior to pushing off from shore is to huddle everyone up and make a Nalgene toast and give thanks.