Cannell Plunge (Kernville) - Trail, Bakersfield, California

Cannell Plunge (Kernville) - Trail, Bakersfield, California

DESCRIPTION

A long downhill with about 9,000' of descending and about 2,300' of climbing (at 8500' that's a lot of climbing). The final Plunge is over 5000' in the last 8 miles. Lots of miles of beautiful alpine meadows, and incredible singletrack. Be prepared for any and all types of trail, with lots of loose steep sections. Beginners might die along this trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 05, 2014]
Mtbjuky
Cross Country Rider

Totally over rated trail. In these dry drought conditions, I'd stay away from this trail. 80% was like riding on the beach. I thought it was quite boring as well. The only decent part was the plunge at the end and that was so soft you could barely bomb it

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 06, 2011]
Don Riddle
Cross Country Rider

Just rode this trail last week. It's an amazing trail but beware, the early conditions at the top are wet. Most of the single track across the meadows are in about a foot of water. There are lots of downed trees across the trail as well. Other than that, it was an amazing ride. I'd definitely do it again.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 07, 2009]
lutexas
Downhiller

After doing Cannel plunge you will consider that all your previous trails are nothing compared to this.
This is a long trail (24 miles starting from Sherman pass, 17 miles starting from Big Meadow) that will require 5-8 hours of riding.
From Sherman pass to Pine flat the trail has 2000 feet of vertical difference from 9000' to 7000' and many uphill and downhill sections but nothing compared to the plunge itself. From Pine flat to Kernville is where the plunge starts. It has 4500 feet of vertical difference and many sections where a fall to the 50 degree slope on the side of the trail can cause yor death (no joking here as there is one reported death). The plunge has also sections of unconsolidated sand, switchbacks and one steep climb where you need to walk with your bike.
You will need to bring 4-6 liters of water and a windproof jacket as it may snow in June at elevations above 8000 ft.

Trail facts:

Start position (sherman pass): 6453477.20, 2547038.36
start height: 9140.44 ft.
maximum elevation: 9422.99 ft
end position (road to kernville): 6432987.48, 2468615.51
end height: 2783.831 ft
straight line distance: 15.35 miles
vertical difference (start to finish): 6356.6 ft


Customer Service

you can start from Sherman pass road and take the bike shuttle in Kernville.
Also you can start from Big meadow but you may need to take your own car there and after you finish the trail go back to pick up the car.

Similar Products Used:

Mount pinos in Frazier park has a similar terrain (granite) but it is only 1 hour long and doesn't have the dangerous 50 degree slope on the side of the trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 27, 2008]
bpressnall
Cross Country Rider

The second half of this trail is the most consistantly dropping singletrack in CA. In the US, I believe it is second only to the crowded Barr Trail on Pikes Peak, CO. The trail drops 5700', in 13 miles with just one dissappointing uphill hike in the middle. There's plenty of technical challenge, but alot of the trail is fairly cruisy and fast. The upper half is a mix of about 1800' of climbing and 2600' of descending on trails and some roads to a pass at 8400' then it's mostly downhill to Kernville (2700'). The bummers are: The only practical way to ride it is to shuttle ($36 in 08) from Kernville. The lower section is hot and dry in summer but the upper section is under snow in spring and there is no way to do just the lower part unless you carry your bike up the trail! The trail can get a bit soft in places, it's not my idea of the perfect trail surface. But hey, I rate it a 5, this trail is a must!

Customer Service

The shuttle service has a map that explains the route. From the shuttle drop(9200'), climb Sherman Peak (9900') for the full ride! Sorry, I can't remember the shuttle service name but it's a rafting co. and you need to make reservations.)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 01, 2007]
lazybeaner
Weekend Warrior

The Upper trail is one of the most beautiful trails i have ever ridden. It is also the most difficult and exhausting! If you are are not in great shape or live at sea level, be aware. The altitude changes everything.

despite the name "cannel plunge", there are 2 huge climbs at 8,000-9,000 feet elevation.

Between the miles of single track and scenery, this is an epic adventure i will always remember, even if i did think i was going to die.

Customer Service

Mountain and River Adventures in Kernville, provided shuttle and maps.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 31, 2007]
Kinda
Cross Country Rider

This trail is by far the hardest trail I have done in my life. No begginers on this trail. Only for the seasoned riders. This ride does not allow you to make mistakes. Of the 10 riders that went with me on this trip I will probably be the only one ever to come back to this epic mountain. The elevation is 10,000 to 6,000 feet for most of the ride which means thinner air. This trail can also be extremely hot during the summer. The one mistake that myself and my group made was not bringing enough water. We filled up our 70 ounce camelbacks in a river(NOT RECOMENDED BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE PARASITES) and still ran out of water. 1 mountain biker in our group broke his cranks and his pedal. Fortunately someone was able to stay with him. Once we had finally reached the bottom we had to send a car up to find them which was about 5 hours later! This is a very demanding trail, bring spare tubes! This trail is also very beautiful. This trail also has alot of climbing so try to have a light weight setup.

Customer Service

We just followed the map we were given by the outfitter.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 17, 2006]
soulriderx
Downhiller

One of the most epic rides in the west! The trail has something for everyone, but not for beginners. The Cannell Plunge section has some of the most fun singetrack i've ever done, with world class scenery at every turn! Definately a must-do classic. There's a ton of other singletrack that im excited to check out near the top of the Cannell plunge as well (around fay creek etc).

Similar Products Used:

Just Outstanding Trail to Mud Hen trail to Dutch Flat trail, Just Outstanding to Waggy Ridge Trail, Whisky Flat Trail (out & back from kernville), Portuguese Pass Trail, Kern Canyon Trail, other stuff around the Kern River Valley.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 16, 2006]
scott
Racer

contrary to popular belief,this trail is sick!!!!!!
if you know how to adapt to all types of terrain,you will find this trail amazing...the scenery is unbelieveable,the singletrack is perfect,and its the best 4 hour epic i have ever done!!!!
yes we did the whole trail top to bottom in 4 huors,and we arent the fastest climbers..matter of fact we walked most of the long "burning desire" climb!! the trail does get rutted toward the end of the year but thats due to the heavy motorcycle use,but it never gets bad or too messed up!!

Customer Service

for the all day epic (which can be done in 4 hours)start at sherman pass
look for the trailhead 30 yards down the road to the left..
for the 1/2 dat fun ride drive cherry hill rd. to big meadow..

Similar Products Used:

check out just outstanding off of greenhorn summit near shirly meadows ski resort..the name of the trail describes it best..
also check out wall street..it also starts at shirly meadows..

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 08, 2005]
CalPolyClimber
Cross Country Rider

The only word that really comes to mind is INCREDIBLE!!! This trail has a little of everything. Nevermind, what am I thinking... This trail has A LOT of everything. Rock gardens, smoothly sweeping singletrack, banked turns, you name it, and it is there. This was the best ride I have ever done. I will be back.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 28, 2004]
Zukor
Cross Country Rider

Great trail. Not too technical single track, lots of scenery, and lots of downhill. Only one of four had dual suspension, and one had a ridgid frame and fork. He made it no problem. Two flat tires, no broken bikes or bones.

Customer Service

We cheated by setting up camp at Big Meadow, then shuttled a car down to a day camp along the Kern River. Round trip was 31 miles, roughly half was on the road which was OK, very windy. Very little up hill and tons of downhill.

Similar Products Used:

The upper Cannel Trail offers great upper elevation riding; watch out for snow drifts.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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