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Keyesville Classic

Intermediate
 3.5 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A"classic" trail with a long history. Nice views, challenging climbs, good downhills.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

70%

Singletrack

2,857' 871 m

High

2,486' 758 m

Low

983' 300 m

Up

982' 299 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brie Chartier

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 12 votes

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Photos

Singletrack at the junction of Pearl Harbor Drive and Keyesville Classic
Mar 4, 2014 near Bodfish, CA
Varsity Girls making a big splash as they cross the creek!
Jan 15, 2018 near Lake Is…, CA

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Jun 6, 2021
Myles Stolier
Jun 5, 2021
Myles Stolier
Apr 19, 2019
Juan Pantoja
Ok ride
Mar 25, 2019
Clay Cooper
Great conditions fun trail 2mi
Oct 21, 2018
SITH 289
F M ride...
May 26, 2018
Charles Moore
May 5, 2018
Arno Gaarthuis
Trail endured some rain erosion, mainly in the first part (fire roads). Singletrack is ok with loose sand in a couple corners.
Dec 12, 2017
Reet Singh