Northeast of Bakersfield on the Kern Plateau in the Cannell Meadow Ranger District, the Kennedy Meadows riding area has 150 miles of dirt biking trails. With the Kern River on the western border, the dirt bike trails range from meadows to ridgelines to peaks. The terrain varies from high rocky trails near Sherman Peak (9,909 feet), to the open country of Monache Meado...
Northeast of Bakersfield on the Kern Plateau in the Cannell Meadow Ranger District, the Kennedy Meadows riding area has 150 miles of dirt biking trails. With the Kern River on the western border, the dirt bike trails range from meadows to ridgelines to peaks. The terrain varies from high rocky trails near Sherman Peak (9,909 feet), to the open country of Monache Meadow (8,000 feet), and on to the largest complex of meadowlands in the High Sierras. There is plenty of challenging rocky side hill type trails can be found in the Rattlesnake and Bonita Creek drainages.
In addition to the singletrack, there are 120 miles of unpaved roads and over 10,000 acres of suitable open riding areas. The Kennedy Meadows dirt biking in the Cannell Meadow Ranger Distric provides a variety of riding opportunities, from relatively easy to routes that challenge even the most experienced off-roaders.
The NFS Troy Meadow Campground and the NFS Fish Creek Campground provide centralized access to most of the trails found on the Kern Plateau. These campgrounds (elevation 7,800 ft.) are located approximately 54 miles northeast of Kernville via FS99 and Sherman Pass Road (22S05), or 33 miles west of SR395 via Nine-Mile Canyon Road (J41), and are open from June to November, depending on weather conditions.
Below is a complete list of dirt biking trails in this region.
RATTLESNAKE TRAIL (33E22) -
This trail parallels Rattlesnake Creek and is best suited for advanced riders due to its steep slopes and several creek crossings. (10 miles)
RINCON TRAIL (33E23) -
Trail begins in the Upper Kern Canyon off Mtn. 99 at Ant Canyon. It parallels the Rincon Fault and Kern River drainage. The bridge over Salmon Creek has been removed. Cross the creek during low water ONLY. Best suited for advanced riders. (19.5 miles)
SCHAEFFER TRAIL (33E24)-
Trail traverses through Schaeffer Meadow and ends at Stony Meadow. This trail connects with Trout Creek and North Meadow Trails providing some steep grades. Best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (10 miles)
NORTH MEADOW PASS TRAIL (33E27) -
Trail begins at Durwood Creek at 33E24, parallels north of Meadow Creek and ties into Sherman Pass 4WD Road. Suited for intermediate to advanced riders due to rocky terrain. (1.9 miles)
TROUT CREEK TRAIL (33E28) -
This scenic trail starts at Corral Meadow and travels down the Trout Creek drainage to Boone Meadow Trail. Best suited for intermediate riders. (4.4 miles)
CANNELL MEADOW TRAIL (33E32) -
From Big Meadow to Sherman Pass Vista, this trail offers a variety of scenic vistas and challenges for riders. Suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (6.7 miles)
BEACH TRAIL (34E01) -
From Sherman Pass Road to Osa Meadow, this trail offers a variety of challenges as it travels along the Bonita Creek drainage and crosses Rattlesnake Creek. Some steep, rocky grades. Best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (15 miles)
LITTLE HORSE TRAIL (34E02) -
From Beach Meadow to Osa Meadow, this trail is best suited for the intermediate rider due to a few steep sections on the trail. (5.3 miles)
FISH AND TROY CONNECTOR (34E03) -
This trail connects Troy Meadow Campground overflow area with Fish Creek Campground. It is an excellent trail for beginners. (1.8 miles)
RATTLESNAKE CREEK TRAIL (34E07) -
Begins at Bald Mtn. Saddle just off Sherman Pass Road, tying into the end of Mahogany Creek Trail. It offers a variety of conditions ranging from steep, gradual hill climbs to creek bottom riding, connecting with Rattlesnake and Beach Trails near Bonita Creek. Suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (2.5 miles)
SHERMAN PASS TRAIL (34E09) -
This trail starts at Sherman Pass Vista and travels down to Trout Creek drainage, intersecting with the Trout Creek Trail. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. (1.8 miles)
BOONE MEADOW TRAIL (34E10) -
From Sherman Pass Road to Trout Creek this trail has two steep sections that make it best suited for the intermediate rider. (1.8 miles)
MAHOGANY CREEK TRAIL (34E25) -
Starts at the end of the Sam Lewis Road 21S97 and ties into the Rattlesnake Creek Trail. This trail provides access to the west portion of the OHV system from Troy Meadow Campground overflow area. Challenging for beginners. (2.8 miles)
BLACKROCK MOUNTAIN TRAIL (34E26) -
Connects the Osa Meadow area to the Granite/Broder Trail and offers a variety of scenic vistas. This trail was constructed and funded by the Green Sticker program. Enjoyable riding for beginners as well as intermediate riders. (8.2 miles)
BEACH RIDGE TRAIL (34E27) -
This trail begins at Troy Meadow overflow and follows the ridge north ending at the Albanita Trail. It was constructed and funded by the Green Sticker program and is best suited for intermediate riders. (6.7 miles)
GRANITE/BRODER TRAIL (35E02) -
Trail begins on the Albanita Trail west of Granite Knob and connects with the Jackass Peak Trail. Best suited for intermediate riders due to rocky, steep sections. (4.8 miles)
GRANITE CUT-OFF TRAIL (35E02A) -
A connector route from Monache 4WD Road to Granite/Broder Trail. This trail is for two-wheel vehicles only and is excellent for beginners. (0.7 miles)
JACKASS PEAK TRAIL (35E03) -
Begins on the Albanita Trail west of Jackass Peak. It connects the Albanita Trail to the Granite/Broder Trail that was cut off by the South Sierra Wilderness boundary. This trail was constructed and funded by the Green Sticker program and is best suited for intermediate riders. (4.5 miles)
ALBANITA TRAIL (35E06) -
From Jackass Peak to Beach Meadow, this trail has several steep sections that make it best suited for the intermediate rider. (7.5 miles)
JACKASS CREEK TRAIL (35E13) -
This trail begins at Fish Creek Campground. It parallels the west side of Jackass Meadow and ends near Jackass Peak at the Albanita Trail. A steep section makes it a challenge for beginners. Temporary re-route begins at the intersection of where Jackass Creek Trail intersects Albanita/Jackass Road 21S01, north of Fish Creek overflow, continuing 3 miles north to a short crossover trail from Albanita/Jackass Road, back to the open portion of the Jackass Creek Trail. (5.5 miles)
Overall, Kennedy Meadows is the 22nd most popular dirt bike trail of all 85 dirt biking rides in California.
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