Keyesville Classic

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Rank: #11 in the High Sierra area
#264 in CA, #2,001 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Lake Isabella,
“A"classic" trail with a long history. Nice views, challenging climbs, good downhills.”
Brien Chart on Mar 4, 2014
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7.712.4 milesKilometers 983’300 m Ascent 2,857’871 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
70% Singletrack -982’-299 m Descent 2,486’758 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
This is one variation of the Keyesville classic MTB race route. One of the oldest singletrack bike races in the region. Enjoy nice views of the Kern river and canyon. Best times to ride are late Fall through Spring. It's hot in summer but come anyway and finish off with a dip in the mighty Kern River.

Drawbacks: There are a couple of blown out sections where OHV use and lack of maintenance has widened the trail and created some bad ruts. It it also a multi-use trail and sees the occasional motor bike.
Need To Know
The climbs will challenge you but they are short. Downhill sections are fast and have bumps and ruts. Watch out for snakes in warmer weather.
Frome Lake Isabella, take Hwy 155 north to Keyesville Road. Stage along the road at the restrooms. Grab a trail map out of the kiosk. There are lots of OHV routes and finding the right trail can be a bit confusing at the start. A GPS or the MTB Project mobile app is helpful. Say hi to the ranger if you see him. He can give you the latest trail info.

Saddle up and cross to the north side of the road across from the restrooms and trash bin. Ride the easiest route until you are at the base of the rock ridge and follow the routes west. All roads lead to Rome. Soon you'll come to an open field. You can also stage here if you prefer. Ride the route at the upper end if the field. The route gets much easier to follow from here. After the field, follow the trail through a small gully and across Keyesville Road. Head up a good climb on a jeep road. Soon you'll see the start of the singletrack on the right.
History & Background
Keyesville is a multi-use area managed by the BLM. It is rich in 1800's gold rush mining history and native american culture. Respect the area and report any violations you see to the BLM.
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Singletrack at the junction of Pearl Harbor Drive and Keyesville Classic (Bodfish, CA)