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Kern River Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

16.8 mile 27.0 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,163' 659 m
Descent: -2,902' -885 m
High: 3,217' 981 m
Low: 2,044' 623 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Brien Chart

The gem of the lower Kern. Smooth and nicely scenic singletrack ride with big ups and downs.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

The Kern River Trail (31E75) begins at Pearl Harbor Drive in Keyesville Recreation Area. There are moderate, rideable grades and fairly substantial elevation changes as the trail climbs above the Kern River through mostly open hillsides of grass and oak trees. There can be excellent wildflower displays along this trail from mid-March to late April. Intermediate riders.

Need to Know

The best way ride this trail is to set up a shuttle and ride from Keyesville down to the Delonegha bridge. The GPS indicated 3400 feet of ascent and 3700 feet of descent. The occasional motorcycle uses the route so use caution. Other hazards include rattlesnakes and steep descents. Make sure to bring lots of water if you're crazy enough to try it in Summer.

Description

The trail takes off from the high point of the Keyesville classic and heads west above the Kern River. Stage at the Keyesville staging area and ride clockwise on the Keyesville classic until you reach the ridge line and see the sign for the Kern River trail which dives off the ridge to the west. Expect great views and gorgeous wildflower displays in spring.

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.

History & Background

A classic route maintained by the volunteer efforts of the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association and Stewards of the Sequoia.

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Mar 24, 2019
Clay Cooper
excellent conditions beautiful views and lots of flowers 20mi
Feb 25, 2019
Clay Cooper
14mi — 3h 00m
Apr 20, 2012
Phillip Bustamante
Got about a mile past freeway ridge 4x4 trailhead and ran out of water! 9mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 10 votes

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in Keyesville

#964

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in Keyesville

#139

in California

#964

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Photos

Rolling the Kern River trail on a perfect day.
Jun 30, 2015 near Bodfish, CA
Here's the GoPro video we shot in June, 2015 that encompasses part of the Keyesville Classic and the Kern River Trail.
Jun 30, 2015 near Bodfish, CA
Singletrack down to the valley floor.
Jun 30, 2015 near Bodfish, CA
Happy Climber
Mar 31, 2014 near Bodfish, CA

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