Recent Trailwork / Conditions

We'll be posting the Kern River & Southern Sierra area trail conditions and any new trail maintenance here!  This area is so large with different weather and trail conditions, so feel free to post about anything that you ride or hear about here, or email 

Spring Biking on the Kern River

posted Mar 25, 2015, 4:40 PM by Kern River Mountain Bike Association   [ updated Mar 26, 2015, 4:47 PM ]

Right now the Kern River Valley is enjoying great riding conditions both along the river at 2500 feet and above 7000 feet in the Greenhorns...and everywhere between! 
The lower trails (Keyesville, Dutch Flat, Kern Canyon Trail, Whiskey Flat, Flume, etc)  still have green and wildflowers and packed dirt conditions.  Here's Kern Canyon Trail near the intersection with Badger Gap Trail:
Kern Canyon Trail - K.R.M.B.A.
And another Kern Canyon Trail shot from last week:
Kern Canyon Trail Spring 2015 - K.R.M.B.A
The higher trails in the Greenhorns are perfect right now. Just Outstanding and Portuguese Pass Trails have great dirt and riding temps.  Both trails are already very well ridden this year, and  keep getting flowier!

Here's a shot of the trail from the north side of Portuguese Pass taken a couple days ago:
North Portuguese Pass Trail -  Spring 2015 - K.R.M.B.A
If you aren't familiar with the northern P.P. Trail; its important to note that the motorcycles have extended the trail and climb steeply up to Bull Run Peak.  Mountain bikers drop down (right) to the dirt road before this).       Another shot of North Portuguese Pass Trail:
Portuguese Pass Trail North -  Spring 2015 - K.R.M.B.A

Some trailwork was just done on Tobias Trail (a few more trees need to be removed and additional brushing.  Overall its in ridable condition -  but its still an "adventure" ride for those up for it. )  A photo on upper Tobias Trail:
Upper Tobias Trail -  Spring 2015 - K.R.M.B.A
And another on lower Tobias Trail:
Lower Tobias Trail -  Spring 2015 - K.R.M.B.A

Upper Cannell Trail, the Kern Plateau Trails, and Giant Sequoia Trails should be melting out soon!

The gate on Breckenridge is still closed, but Mill Creek Trail and Remington Ridge should be good to go soon.

and Dont miss the Keyesville Classic this weekend!

Melting snow at Sherman Pass. Cannell, Trout Ck, Cedar Ck, Rincon, River Trails

posted Nov 8, 2014, 7:47 PM by Kern River Mountain Bike Association   [ updated Nov 9, 2014, 6:17 PM ]

Sunday Update: Got word that a group of bikers rode Cannell Trail and said it was great.  Some snow patches but not bad. 

From Saturday:

Still some snow up at Sherman Pass, although the road is passable by 2wd cars this weekend (at least on the Kern River side of the pass).   Cannell Trail had been ridden, but not sure of the snow condition yet....

Sherman Pass Trail had a few inches of snow still, and Trout Creek Trail and Schaeffer Mdw Trail had several patches of snow above 8,000 feet.

Cedar Canyon had great dirt (wet in places), and had been recently brushed (except for a 1 mile section).

Rincon Trail had several logs sawed recently, although 1 had just fallen.  The River Trail still needs a lot of work (brushing, moving boulders, rebuilding trail, etc).  About half was ridable.  Both Rincon and River Trail still had some great fall colors!

Mill Creek Trail Cleared

posted Nov 8, 2014, 7:27 PM by Kern River Mountain Bike Association   [ updated Nov 8, 2014, 9:26 PM ]

Several volunteers (mountain bikers, moto riders, US Forest Service and some horsemen) came and brushed almost the entire trail.  There was also some dirt some dirt work on the skinny side-slope sections, and berm improvements.  Its much faster and flowier now!  Thanks to Stewards of the Sequoia for organizing.

Its not 4 inches wide anymore!

Great turn out.

Yesterday this was the bushiest section of the trail.

Halloween storm makes hero dirt!

posted Nov 3, 2014, 2:15 PM by Kern River Mountain Bike Association   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 3:00 PM ]

While there is some snow in the upper mountains, most of the trails are MUCH improved.  

There are a few inches of snow on the Kern Plateau, so hopefully it will melt with the warm weather forcasted this week. Cannell Trail could be perfect next weekend.  

Upper Just Outstanding also got a little snow, and additional rain yesterday. It is still muddy up there. In a few days it will be great. 

Rocky Gulch Trail off Wagy Ridge

Wagy Ridge Trails, Rocky Gulch Trail, and Dutch Flat Trails were completely awesome yesterday. Perfect dirt and riding conditions.  Rocky Gulch could use a little brushing, everything else is good.

All the lower trails are still moist, Whiskey Flat Tr, Keyesville, etc.


Recently, Cedar Canyon Trail and Rincon Trail have been brushed and several logs cut out.  There still may be minor brushing needed on Rincon in some places.

Salmon Creek Trail, out of horse meadow,  has just been maintained with a coordinated Trail Appreciation day.

Remington Ridge Trail has been completely brushed in the last couple weeks thanks to Stewards of the Sequoia.

Mill Creek Trail will be brush this Saturday! Volunteers to ride/help would be appreciated.  See discussion on facebook:

Summit Trail, Bear Creek, Camp Nelson Trails just got a little more snow.  Check the web cams for snow meltage here:

If there's anything we missed, let us know!

PHOTO: Dropping into Rocky Gulch Trail from Wagy Ridge on sunday.

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