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Average Rating:    (4.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Take the fireroad out the back of the ski resort parking lot. Start downhill, but go slow, because the singletrack is immediately (less than a a quarter mile) on your right. It's marked with an orange flag and called something like Perfect Ride?. Once you find the singletrack on the right of the fireroad, you've got about 5 miles of super plush super fun singletrack dirt through lots and lots of pines etc. Just follow the orange flags and it's pretty obvious where to go. There are a couple fireroad crossings, but if you look around, you'll see the trail just a few feet up the road at each crossing. At the one unmarked singletrack Y, just after a creek crossing and about 4 miles in, go right. Left goes uphill, right downhill. About 5 miles in you'll cross through a meadow, and then do 5-10 minutes of singletrack climbing, topping out at a fireroad. At the "Y", go LEFT. This is really the only completely unmarked decision you make. The fireroad climbs a bit (15 minutes+), opens up to huge views of Lake Isabella, and then BOMBS (to the LEFT) down the rest of the mountain. Two + more miles, at the only other "Y", which is more like a "T", go right. (Left at the first one, right at the second) It smoothes out there and really rips. Be heads up for trucks. This road will take you all the way back to the main drag, just south of town. Note: The singletrack is obviously well well maintained. Please please stay off the berms and brakes to keep it smooth and fun.
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Latitude
35.71041968092548
Longitude
-118.55535507202148
Trail Directions
There are two ways to shred this ripping singletrack. One, shuttle up. Two, ride up. Shuttle: From Wofford Heights (just south east of Kernville) drive 9 miles up Highway 155 and make a left turn at the top, toward the ski resort. Then, another mile + to the ski resort at 6,600 feet. The other way to get there is to ride up from the town. It's a long long nine mile 4,500 foot climb, but it makes the downhill that much better. Just sit in and grind. The road (highway 155) is pretty empty, at least during the week, not sure about the weekend. Bring plenty of water and GU.
Trail Length
16 miles one way, 26 round trip
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Kernville/Wofford Heights
   


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Review Date
February 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mtnbrewer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is seasonal and can only be riden in the summer due to snow in the winter. This trail is refered to as "Just Outstanding" but the official name is potatoe patch. Also this trail has been adopted by the local brewery(Kern River Brewing Co.) So look forward to it being maintained and in great shape.



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Review Date
February 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: andrewbaker77 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As the ridder who wrote up the original posting of this ride, realized, I forgot to add, you don't have to shuttle it. I simply parked at the post office in town, and then rode up the pavement to the ski lodge. Admittedly, it is a long tough thirsty climb, so please bring tonnnns of water. (one of the only times I used a camelback) But, it's worth it, as it is a really beautiful climb and, at least for me, makes the rip down all the better. :) Have fun! :)



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Review Date
October 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GlenG ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail on 10/21/06. This ride is great. I'd say it's maybe 65% single track and 35% fire road, but a lot of the fire road is more like double track with fast downhill speeds, berms on the tight turns, ruts to hop over, and small rocks and bumps to catch a little air off. After you leave the ski area parking lot down the fire road there is a small red or orange sign on the right pointing you to the single track. Almost immediately you are shooting down some of the most prestine single track I've ever ridden through the Sequoia National Forest. It's real a smooth track, dense trees towering over you and supplying shade, blue jays flying in front of you, hawks soaring above you, snakes and squirels crossing the trail, etc. At one point I thought I heard a motorcycle coming up the trail, but when we stopped I realized the sound was a growl/purr, but we couldn't see it because the forest was real dense in that area. All through the trail there was either small bright signs pointing which way to go or flagging tied to the bushes to keep you on the right trail. Thanks to whoever put up these markings, it really helps the first time rider on the trail. Over all the single track is smooth except for a few mild technical sections at the creek crossings. After the single track is finished it turns to fire road which is still some fun riding. After a while the road turns from rutted up, small rock hopping to smooth graded fire road back to town. There are a few sections with short single track that take you off of the main road and reconnect you back again, but you have to watch for them or you will fly right past them. We did a little exploring on some single track that seemed to venture in the oppisite direction of where the shuttle truck was parked, so we headed back to the main road, but if one wanted(or had the time) to explore more there was some steep barely ridden single track heading toward the south part of the lake. We took one side trip on a marked trail to the right of the fire road that took us on a short climb and then turned into REALLY steep downhill. We went down it a ways then I slid out. My friend tried to go another hundred feet or so and he took a trip over the bars. This part was meant for a lot bigger bike than our XC rigs. I would highly recomend this trail to anyone, at any skill level.

Recommended Route:
Do this as a shuttle from the ski resort parking area. We talked to a couple of roadies that said they don't even climb the 13% grade up the highway.



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Review Date
July 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jfsh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is in great shape right now. It is fun flowing downhill singletrack. It is a "must do" if you are in the area. It is not very tough but skilled riders will love it to. If you can catch it shortly after a rain the traction is like riding on velcro and you can just rail the burmed out turns. You will be hard pressed to find a better section of trail.
After the singletrack is over most people make a left on Waggy Flat road and ride fire road the rest of the way down. We have found several other options for decending. You can go left up the road, then make a right at the top of the climb and ride waggy ridge trail. It is 5 or 6 more miles of singletrack. It is a harder section of trail then Just outstanding.
You can also turn right on waggy flat road and head to sawmill road. Go left on sawmill for about 200 yards. Make a right on a steep Jeep road. Climb few a mile or so until you cross a creek. Shortly after the creek there is a trail that shoots off to the left. This trail gently climbs a few miles to a ridge. At the top of the ridge you T into another trail. If you go left here you will ride a few miles of good singletrack then come to a tougher washed out section and finally to a dirt road that goes to French Gulch. If you go right you climb a another mile or so then come to Dutch Flat Trail. This is a very tough loose rocky downhill which takes you down to Keysville. I would recomend a bike with a lot of travel if you are going to try this option.

Recommended Route:
see above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cannell, Kern Canyon, Mill Creek, and there are many others



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Review Date
July 6, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JSUN ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I got lost riding this trail... I shuttled the trail- by myself, completely unfamiliar with the area, with about a liter of water and a fruit roll up. I thought for some reason I had taken a wrong turn after second fire road crossing, because the singletrack began to climb slightly. So I stopped, sat down, checked my crappy directions and even crappier map from some crap trail book, and decided I had taken a wrong turn. I went back to the second fireroad crossing, looked around, then started to really feel LOST. I figureed I could find my way back to the lake on fire roads, so I went downhill, on what would have been a left turn at the second fire road crossing. I was REALLY feeling lost and almost began panicking, when after about 5-10 minutes of bombing down that fire road it began to climb-in no direction of the lake. I then remembered seeing a small trail off to the right and so I turned around and headed for it. I dont know how long in minutes or miles this trail was(considering my state of mind at the time), but it was a sick, fast downhill run over endless rollers-some of which could be doubled & tripled!!! Plus, it was a doubletrack! I know it must be ridden by quads, but a doubletrack like that would make for some sick slalom training and imitating. Anyway, the trail sticks you back onto a fire road, where you go right and downhill, onto a rocky ride thats got sections worthy of rippin twice. Then you find youself takin a right onto a sandy fire road-Old State rd-I believe. I crashed here more than I did on the trail. My highrollers just didnt hook up in the sandy switchbacks. Good advice like the others say- Look out for trucks. ...Well thanks for the time. I dont know if this trail is worthy or anything, but I had fun-considering it didnt turn into a search-and-rescue story like you might have expected. The locals probably think I'm a dork- but I'd recommend trying this route if you all don't already know about it.



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