Cannell Trail Mountain Biking

North of Kernville in the Sequoia National Park, the 12 mile Cannell Trail (33E32) has 4,200 feet of vertical. It begins at the horse corrals, 2 miles north of Kemville on State Mtn. 99. The trail starts out at a gradual climb, becoming more steep as you reach Pine Flat. The trail affords magnificent views of the Kem River Valley during the trip. As the trail climbs into higher elevations, it gets into a mixed pine and fir forest. At Pine Flat the trail parallels the south side of Forest Road #24S12 and crosses Cannell Creek two different times before reaching the Cannell Meadow Forest Service Cabin, built between 1904 and 1909. Trail is considered moderate to strenuous in difficulty, is very open and exposed, provides little shade. It can be part of a 30 mile point-to-point mountain bike ride with shuttle from Sherman Pass overlooking the San Juaquin Valley, crusing along the Kern Plateau and the an 8 mile descent called the Cannell Plunge to the shores of Lake Isabella. It drops from 9,200 feet down to 2,700 feet. Note: Mountain River Adventures can provide a shuttle service.

There are several other nearby trails worth checking out: Kern River Trail, the Just Outstanding / Waggy Ridge Trail (15 mile singletrack), and the Slate Mountain Summit Trail (8 miles).


Local Contact(s):  Sequoia National Forest (760) 376-3781; California Tourism (916) 444-4429

Recommended Map:  "Sequoia-Kings Canyon Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pines Lodge, Kernville (877) 241-4100

Luxury Loding:  Kern River Inn, Kernville (760) 376-6750

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Date Updated:  8/3/2016


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