It is also possible to hike to Kern Peak from the southern end. The Blackrock Trailhead off of the Sherman Pass Road in Sequoia National Forest would be a logical place to start and this route has the added plus of passing near Jordan Hot Springs.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe