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Just Outstanding to Dutch Flat

 12 votes

Length

13.2 Miles 21.2 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

Elevation

642' 196 m

Ascent

-4,933' -1,503 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

6,809' 2,075 m

High

2,517' 767 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 48 days ago
Dry - Beagle attack dog still there. Started chewing on my shoe as I rode away. Swift kick to his head resolved the interaction. History

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A fantastic link-up of loamy, flowing trails at the top and technical, rocky, steep trails at the bottom.

Leslie Kehmeier

Overview

Be sure to check the weather and fire reports/restrictions.
Best done as a shuttle, this ride combines two fantastic Kernville trails.

At the top is Just Outstanding, which is a great, flowing trail with lots of turns and nice loamy dirt. At the bottom is Dutch Flat Trail, which is technical rocky steep chunk. Both very different trails, this ride combines them all.

In the middle is a fire road section linking them up. This ride is not a match for the Cannell Trail in either epic-ness, scenery, or length. However, I found these trails were consistently more fun due to increased flow up top and the technical chunk factor of Dutch Flat. If you love technical, rocky trails with step-downs, drops, and steep sections you'll love Dutch Flat Trail.

Need to Know

Park a car at the bottom, then shuttle up to the parking lot of the ski area. It is a long drive up (45 min?). Keep an eye out for motos, I hear they are common. Pack a jacket, extra tubes, brake pads, trail food, and LOTS OF WATER. Weather being snowy and cold at the top and scorching hot at the bottom is not uncommon. Be prepared and HAVE FUN. Come unprepared, and you'll suffer the consequences...

Description

The top of this ride is unusual for SoCal. Start on Just Outstanding, a flowing trail through the woods, with great dirt quality, not the loose cat litter that's more the norm. Some sections are very narrow, so careful with those 800mm bars! Lots of fun up here, small berms, twisty turns, lots of smiles. As you lose elevation the trees transition to the "Manzanita tunnel".

Eventually, you'll come to a meadow and Waggy Flat Rd. Continue on this for awhile, passing some houses. Beware of an attack dog near the houses!

Make a left at the intersection after the houses on Sawmill Rd and then make a right onto some singletrack / moto trails which lead up to a granite ledge section. Go around the hill and descend some slabs to a stream crossing, then back up to the next ridgeline. Make a right at the junction on the ridgeline, and soon you'll get to the trail junction with Dutch Flat Trail.

Dutch Flat Trail is a steep, loose on hardpack, chunky, technical trail, every bit classic SoCal. This trail is a polar opposite to Just Outstanding but is a ton of fun. Keep your eyes peeled for the massive ruts from motos while ripping it downhill and hitting air off of the plethora of rocks.

There are trails everywhere in the lower section, but we had no trouble getting back to our cars. Be aware off blind drops throughout the lower reaches of the route. Look before you leap!

History & Background

These trails are stewarded and supported by several local clubs and groups. Kern River Mountain Bike Association, Stewards of the Sierra, Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association, and Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association (among others) ride and love these trails frequently. Show them your support if you can. Trails don't maintain themselves...

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Dec 31, 2017
Peter Ducato
Pretty outstanding #JO 12.5mi
Nov 10, 2017
Dr Doug
Oct 8, 2017
Christopher Barnickel
Jul 30, 2017
Richard Thomas
12.4mi — 1h 31m
Jun 18, 2017
Gregory Lampe
Just Outstanding: a great ride; scenic, flowing, fun. Granite trail: a nice trek on granite slabs. Dutch Flat: hot, hard, steep, loose and miserable. 14.1mi — 1h 53m
Apr 3, 2017
Nathan Hartwig
Almost snowing at top. Visibility 300ft in the clouds. Winds 22 was in great shape at the top but starting to get blown out near the warmer bottom. 13.2mi
Apr 3, 2017
Chantal Decavel
Mar 17, 2017
Sparky Sparkler
Dutch flat was sandy and rutted out 15mi — 3h 00m

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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Fun trail! More fun than Cannell. Sep 5, 2016
My son and I are looking to ride this in May, are there shuttles running then? We are traveling in motor home hitting some of the better mountain biking trails along the way. We are coming from Vegas and heading up to Santa Cruz. Is this the trail to ride or is there something else more epic in this region? Thanks for your time, Ricky Feb 1, 2017

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