South Creek Falls

Sequoia National Forest / near Kernville / Tulare County, California, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
South Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

South Creek Falls is an attractive roadside waterfall that we might have noticed from the road had we been headed westbound on Road 99 (Sierra Way). However, since we were going the other way, we merely noticed the activity around a very tight car park (with only room for a few cars) that indicated to us that perhaps we ought to make a stop.

It was a good thing we thought this way because this waterfall is said to be 120ft and it had an attractive split drop. Although we had to park the car then walk along the road to get better roadside views (as the car park was practically right on top of the falls), I had to admit the temptation was great to figure out a way to get to the bottom of the very steep ravine for a better look at it.

Perhaps it was a good thing that I avoided that temptation because the terrain looked very steep as it was full of loose rocks. Even though the dropoffs didn't look too extreme, the loose rocks very easily could've created a situation where you could end up at the bottom but then not have enough traction to get back up the steep incline to the road. Anyways, the roadside views were generally good anyways, and thus this waterfall seemed to be at best a roadside stop for folks visiting the Kern River area of the Sequoia National Forest.

Like most snowmelt-fed waterfalls, the falls is at its widest in late Spring. I reckon if you come later in the season or the snow pack is low, then this falls probably loses much of its luster.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Nearby South Creek Falls was the Kern River, which was very popular for whitewater raftingNearby South Creek Falls was the Kern River, which was very popular for whitewater rafting
Just to the northwest of South Creek Falls was the Lloyds Meadow Road, which led us closer to the Needles (shown here) as well as Peppermint Creek FallsJust to the northwest of South Creek Falls was the Lloyds Meadow Road, which led us closer to the Needles (shown here) as well as Peppermint Creek Falls
Contextual view of South Creek Falls in Spring of 2005Contextual view of South Creek Falls in Spring of 2005

Old school photo of South Creek Falls taken in 2002Old school photo of the falls taken in 2002

Nearby South Creek Falls is the Kern River, which is popular for whitewater raftingNearby South Creek Falls is the Kern River, which is popular for whitewater rafting


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

South Creek Falls was near the Kern River on the far southeastern end of the Tule River District of the Sequoia National Forest. It was roughly 3.5 hours drive north of Los Angeles via Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, and Kernville. It was roughly 5 hours drive north of Los Angeles via Porterville, Ponderosa, and Johnsondale.

From Johnsondale, we drove about 4.2 miles east along Mountain Hwy 99 to the limited car park mentioned above (there's a chain-linked fence making it pretty obvious). From Kernville, we drove a little over 30 minutes north along Mountain Hwy 99. The aforementioned limited car park was about a half-mile west of the bridge over the Kern River. This is about 22 miles from the northern extreme of Lake Isabella on Road 99 (Sierra Way).




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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