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Guidebook for Weldon

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Guidebook for Weldon

Parks & Nature
One mile trail among 100 Giant Sequoia trees. Road to the area is open as of 1 May. About an hour's drive from Weldon along the Great Western Divide Highway. High in the mountains and cool in summer.
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Trail of 100 Giants Trailhead
County Route 107
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One mile trail among 100 Giant Sequoia trees. Road to the area is open as of 1 May. About an hour's drive from Weldon along the Great Western Divide Highway. High in the mountains and cool in summer.
This river drains the entire southern Sierra Nevada. We are near the South Fork; this river and the Sierra Nevada define this area.
Kern River
This river drains the entire southern Sierra Nevada. We are near the South Fork; this river and the Sierra Nevada define this area.
If you don't have time for Death Valley, this nearby area gives you a good preview. Incredible geology and hiking. About an hour from Weldon.
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Red Rock Canyon State Park
Abbott Drive
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If you don't have time for Death Valley, this nearby area gives you a good preview. Incredible geology and hiking. About an hour from Weldon.
Take a walk through the preserve and get acquainted with the large diversity of birds in this area. Home to the largest riparian area in CA. 4 bio-regions meet here. Ten minutes away. All year.
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Kern River Preserve
18747 California 178
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Take a walk through the preserve and get acquainted with the large diversity of birds in this area. Home to the largest riparian area in CA. 4 bio-regions meet here. Ten minutes away. All year.
Hike to the summit, up to Lone Pine Lake or one of the other trails that lead out of Whitney Portal.
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Mount Whitney
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Hike to the summit, up to Lone Pine Lake or one of the other trails that lead out of Whitney Portal.
Check in here for great exhibits, books, maps and advice and permits for hikes at Mt Whitney, the Eastern Sierras of Death Valley. At the southern end of Lone Pine.
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Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center
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Check in here for great exhibits, books, maps and advice and permits for hikes at Mt Whitney, the Eastern Sierras of Death Valley. At the southern end of Lone Pine.
About 3 hours from Weldon this area is best seen sometime other than summer. Much hiking and sight seeing.
Echo Canyon Road
About 3 hours from Weldon this area is best seen sometime other than summer. Much hiking and sight seeing.
Giant Sequoia Trees and summer hiking are the main attractions. Great visitor center. About 3 hours from Weldon.
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Sequoia National Park
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Giant Sequoia Trees and summer hiking are the main attractions. Great visitor center. About 3 hours from Weldon.
There is a very nice grove of Giant Sequoia trees here along with a hike. The George Bush 1 tree is here. About an hour drive N from Weldon, 19 miles N from Johnsondale. Closed for snow in winter.
Freeman Creek
There is a very nice grove of Giant Sequoia trees here along with a hike. The George Bush 1 tree is here. About an hour drive N from Weldon, 19 miles N from Johnsondale. Closed for snow in winter.
Hike and visit some of the oldest trees in the world and drive up to over 11,000' elevation. A bit over a three hour drive so you might want to combine this with your arrival or departure.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Hike and visit some of the oldest trees in the world and drive up to over 11,000' elevation. A bit over a three hour drive so you might want to combine this with your arrival or departure.
In 1942, the US government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of these.
Manzanar
Manzanar Reward Rd
In 1942, the US government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of these.
This is along your route if you are doing a larger holiday which involves San Francisco or areas north of here. About a four hour drive to the south entrance.
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Yosemiten kansallispuisto
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This is along your route if you are doing a larger holiday which involves San Francisco or areas north of here. About a four hour drive to the south entrance.
In the heart of Kern/Tulare County high country. Closed in winter. Lots of hiking and exploring here.
USFS - Blackrock Fire Station
In the heart of Kern/Tulare County high country. Closed in winter. Lots of hiking and exploring here.
If you are a hot springs kind of person then this is close by. Several guests have given it their praise.
Remington Hot Springs
If you are a hot springs kind of person then this is close by. Several guests have given it their praise.
If you are a through hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail, we are close by for a break and a restock. If you need to be picked up and dropped off, ask us for a special price and see if we can help you.
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Pacific Crest Trail
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If you are a through hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail, we are close by for a break and a restock. If you need to be picked up and dropped off, ask us for a special price and see if we can help you.
Entertainment & Activities
Western Movie Museum and gateway to Mt Whitney and also to Death Valley. Many movies have been filmed here. Day trip.
Lone Pine
Western Movie Museum and gateway to Mt Whitney and also to Death Valley. Many movies have been filmed here. Day trip.
Western feel; twenty minutes away; Kern River passes through here; restaurants, groceries and gas.
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Kernville
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Western feel; twenty minutes away; Kern River passes through here; restaurants, groceries and gas.
760-376-3781. 105 Whitney Road in Kernville. These folks can give you information on road conditions if you want to travel and see the sequoia trees and also tell you about hiking trails.
US Forest Services Ranger Station
105 Whitney Rd
760-376-3781. 105 Whitney Road in Kernville. These folks can give you information on road conditions if you want to travel and see the sequoia trees and also tell you about hiking trails.
Skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer; the amazing lift to the top is open year round and you can ride up and down without getting off. Mountain biking also. This is several hours away.
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Mammoth Mountain
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Skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer; the amazing lift to the top is open year round and you can ride up and down without getting off. Mountain biking also. This is several hours away.
The best white water rafting on the Kern River is April through June. Years with more snow in the mountains is better. Close by.
Whitewater Voyages - Kern Outdoor Center
11252 Kernville Rd
The best white water rafting on the Kern River is April through June. Years with more snow in the mountains is better. Close by.
Occasional skiing in winter; always very scenic and wintry in winter.
Shirley Meadows
Occasional skiing in winter; always very scenic and wintry in winter.
Shopping
Groceries and gas are just fifteen minutes away; Sierra Vista restaurant along the way. Grocery store generally closes at 7 PM. A good breakfast and lunch place, the Red Rooster is here.
South Lake
Groceries and gas are just fifteen minutes away; Sierra Vista restaurant along the way. Grocery store generally closes at 7 PM. A good breakfast and lunch place, the Red Rooster is here.
Arts & Culture
Information about the Native Americans of this area and their cultural events.
Nuui Cunni - Hwy. 155
Information about the Native Americans of this area and their cultural events.
An old nearly dead ghost town about 20 to 30 minutes drive south and east from Red Rock Canyon. This is one of the high lights. About 70 minutes from us.
Randsburg General Store
35 Butte Ave
An old nearly dead ghost town about 20 to 30 minutes drive south and east from Red Rock Canyon. This is one of the high lights. About 70 minutes from us.
Sightseeing
An old ghost town near the western entrance to Death Valley, it is truly one of the odd spots of the old west that is left to see. About 90 minutes away.
Darwin
An old ghost town near the western entrance to Death Valley, it is truly one of the odd spots of the old west that is left to see. About 90 minutes away.
Essentials
This is the sister store to the one in South Lake except it is in Kernville. Same early closing hours.
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Sierra Gateway Market
13432 Sierra Way
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This is the sister store to the one in South Lake except it is in Kernville. Same early closing hours.
Official closing at 8 pm but often is closed at 7 pm. Small but a good selection.
James Sierra Gateway Markets
14606 California 178
Official closing at 8 pm but often is closed at 7 pm. Small but a good selection.
Included inside is a deli, a Starbucks, a bakery and a Wells Fargo bank. Good selection. Often crowded. Be sure to lock your car as this is the only place around with vagrants hanging out.
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Vons
5610 Lake Isabella Boulevard
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Included inside is a deli, a Starbucks, a bakery and a Wells Fargo bank. Good selection. Often crowded. Be sure to lock your car as this is the only place around with vagrants hanging out.
Less crowded and more country than Vons but also not as open as late. An IGA store so is well stocked. Also carries fishing and hunting supplies. Good butcher section.
Isabella Super Market
6120 Lake Isabella Blvd
Less crowded and more country than Vons but also not as open as late. An IGA store so is well stocked. Also carries fishing and hunting supplies. Good butcher section.
Food Scene
Lots of choice. Quiet except on nights when entertainment is provided. Food and wine are excellent although the menu is limited. A bit pricey. One of our guests this last year was a Karaoke favorite. Each night is something different.
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Starlite Lounge
13423 Sierra Way
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Lots of choice. Quiet except on nights when entertainment is provided. Food and wine are excellent although the menu is limited. A bit pricey. One of our guests this last year was a Karaoke favorite. Each night is something different.
If you go up river for the day or are on your way back, McNally's burgers can be a pretty good place to stop about 20 minutes before you get back to Kernville. Burger stand only during the day but restaurant in the evening. Food in the restaurant is uneven but often good. Closes fall through spring.
McNally's Burger Stand
1941 Kern River Hwy
If you go up river for the day or are on your way back, McNally's burgers can be a pretty good place to stop about 20 minutes before you get back to Kernville. Burger stand only during the day but restaurant in the evening. Food in the restaurant is uneven but often good. Closes fall through spring.
Best Mexican food in Kernville for my money. And, they have a liquor license as well as a beer and wine license. Along River Drive right across from the river. And they have Wi-Fi.
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El Rio Mexican & American Food
11 Kern River Drive
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Best Mexican food in Kernville for my money. And, they have a liquor license as well as a beer and wine license. Along River Drive right across from the river. And they have Wi-Fi.
Frozen yogurt, lots of flavors. Opens at 11 am.
Something Sweet
5640 Lake Isabella Blvd
Frozen yogurt, lots of flavors. Opens at 11 am.
Best Mexican food in Bodfish, just east of Lake Isabella. Open lunch and dinner but call first just in case. Beer and wine only.
Don Sombrero Mexican Restaurant
4107 Lake Isabella Blvd
Best Mexican food in Bodfish, just east of Lake Isabella. Open lunch and dinner but call first just in case. Beer and wine only.
Steak house with a great view of the lake. Open most evenings but not Mondays. Call first. Full liquor license.
Paradise Cove Lodge
10700 CA-178
Steak house with a great view of the lake. Open most evenings but not Mondays. Call first. Full liquor license.
Breakfast and lunch only. Don't let the very plain exterior fool you, this place has good food at a moderate price.
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Red Rooster Cafe
12408 Mountain Mesa Road
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Breakfast and lunch only. Don't let the very plain exterior fool you, this place has good food at a moderate price.
Open for lunch through and including dinner. Authentic Mexican food on the south side of the lake. Lunch and dinner. Wine and beer only. Prices are reasonable.
El Portal Mexican Grill
12598 Mountain Mesa Rd
Open for lunch through and including dinner. Authentic Mexican food on the south side of the lake. Lunch and dinner. Wine and beer only. Prices are reasonable.
California cuisine; salads, steaks and seafood. Close by. Full bar and they know how to make exotic drinks if you want one. Wines OK but I think they are stored in too warm an environment. Closed Monday and Tuesday and many holidays. Outside dining also when the weather cooperates. In that case, great views.
Sierra Vista Restaurant
16575 CA-178
California cuisine; salads, steaks and seafood. Close by. Full bar and they know how to make exotic drinks if you want one. Wines OK but I think they are stored in too warm an environment. Closed Monday and Tuesday and many holidays. Outside dining also when the weather cooperates. In that case, great views.
Dining, drinks and great views. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wide variety of food; open long hours.
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Ewings on the Kern
125 Buena Vista Drive
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Dining, drinks and great views. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wide variety of food; open long hours.
Yes, it's a restaurant but best known for its micro brews. Great burgers, the rest can be uneven. Loud except for lunch. Recently added an annex they are so popular. On the cowboy side. Lunch and dinner.
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Kern River Brewing Co
13415 Sierra Way
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Yes, it's a restaurant but best known for its micro brews. Great burgers, the rest can be uneven. Loud except for lunch. Recently added an annex they are so popular. On the cowboy side. Lunch and dinner.
Classic 50s; a fixture in this area. Great for breakfast and lunch. In Lake Isabella east of Vons.
Nelda's Diner
5128 Lake Isabella Boulevard
Classic 50s; a fixture in this area. Great for breakfast and lunch. In Lake Isabella east of Vons.
Cheryl's has been around forever and you will often find several of the family in the place if you visit. Classic American diner.
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Cheryl's Diner
11030 Kernville Rd
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Cheryl's has been around forever and you will often find several of the family in the place if you visit. Classic American diner.
A full service restaurant specializing in Italian food of all types; good wine and drinks to choose from. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Large menu to choose from. Generally not a noisy place even when it is close to full which I like. Service is excellent as is the food.
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That's Italian
9 Big Blue Road
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A full service restaurant specializing in Italian food of all types; good wine and drinks to choose from. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Large menu to choose from. Generally not a noisy place even when it is close to full which I like. Service is excellent as is the food.