The Kern River Valley is magnificent in fall, and pops with yellows and reds that color the normally subdued tone of the area. Located roughly three hours north of Los Angeles in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the Kern River is the southernmost major river in the Sierras. It hosts a wide variety of wildlife from trout, deers, bear, mountain lions, and is the gateway for the Gaint Seqioua National Park’s Trail of 100 Giants. From Kernville, the last small major mountain town, one can travel up Mountain Highway 99 alongside the Kern River and stop at any number of locations for a relaxing day by bubbling waters. Perfect spots for meditation and trout fishing dot the area.