Cow Flat Rd - TRAIL

Cow Flat Rd - Trail, Bakersfield, California

Low-elevation 3 season trail. Loads of wildflowers. Technologically easy, moderate strenueity. Don''t park on the dirt in front of gate. Park 50 yd down hi-way 178 across the road on the asphalted pull out. First 2 miles entails a 900 ft climb. Then there''s 7 miles of rolling jeep trail. One passes thru semi-arid Oak & Grassland with flowering Sotols, grazing cattle (watch the bull), forest lined streams, and fields of varied wildflowers. Panaramic views of the Kern River and Canyon. During the last treks, I enjoyed coyotes yipping nearby, jumped up a red fox (still had his fine winter coat), and had a close encounter with a rattler. It''s hot, buggy, not to mention the snake, in warm weather. Once there''s been a few days in the 70''s, it''s best to take bug spray and a net for over the head. From early April till August, a prolificly growing native grass appropriately named "rip gut" turns brown. At that time it will penetrate all but the toughest of boots. Generally painfull to the point it''ll ruin your day. May result in serious problems for your dog. The locked & gated road provides access for cattlemen. There is some intermittant maintenence, usually in the Spring after the rain stops. Great cool season road with colorful wildflowers, grand vistas, with good wildlife sighting possibilites.

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Conrosa   Weekend Warrior [Oct 25, 2009]

It is a fun trail. The first three miles are tough as you climb about 1100'. After the climb it flattens out and is a fun ride. You can take the road all the way to brekenridge road if you like. Its a nice 13 mile one way ride with a lot of decents and climbs. Make sure you take plenty of water and something to eat because you will burn the calories.

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