Quiet Rockhouse Basin trail is a fairly steep climb to reach incredible views—mountains, rocks, and wide-open sky.

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Expert Review of Rockhouse Basin

Parks and Outdoors Review of Rockhouse Basin

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Dome Land Wilderness is located on the very southern tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, where the mountains transition into desert. In the cooler months of the year, a trip to Rockhouse Basin in the Dome Land can make a fine day hike or backpacking trip, especially if you've brought along your fishing rod. Anglers covet the wild rainbow trout found in this stretch of the Kern.
  • The trailhead for Rockhouse Basin is reached via a long drive on dirt roads. Make sure your car is well prepared for the trip. The trail to Rockhouse Basin is part of the Pacific Crest Trail, that drops down to the Kern River and then follows it for several miles. One caution: hikers and anglers must be on a constant watch for rattlesnakes, especially in the late morning hours.
  • Wildfires have burned through this area in recent years, destroying many of the pinyon pine groves but laying the groundwork for spectacular spring wildflowers.

Eastern Dome Lands Wilderness

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Telephone Number: 760-376-3781
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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