Kern River Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,163' 659 m
Descent: -2,902' -885 m
High: 3,217' 981 m
Low: 2,044' 623 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“The gem of the lower Kern. Smooth and nicely scenic singletrack ride with big ups and downs.”— Brien Chart
The Kern River Trail crosses a couple of good sized ridge lines, but almost all the grades are rideable by the moderate rider. The biggest climb comes in at about the 10-mile mark when you climb from 2400 feet up to 3200 feet. The last 6 miles is almost entirely downhill and drops from the high point of 3200 feet down 1200 feet to the parking lot.
There are starting to be a few spots where ruts are forming that will either force you to walk due to the rut being deeper than pedal level. This is also causing the trail to wide in sections. other hazards include snakes, sand and summer heat.
It's primo smooth singletrack. There are a couple of trail junctions that are well marked but as always bring a map and compass and know how to use them. The lower staging area is the Delonegha bridge turn out. Jump in the river to soothe sore muscles then jump in the car to head 11 miles back to the Keyesville Staging area. Grab your other car then head up to Kernville for a cold one at the Kern River Brewery.
Land Manager: USFS - Sequoia National Forest Office