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Bakersfield Area

  Badger Gap and Little Tenant Spring Trail

Badger Gap and Little Tenant Spring Trails is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bakersfield, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Bakersfield Bluffs

Bakersfield Bluffs is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  El Camino Viejo Bike Trail

El Camino Viejo Bike Trail, Reflection Pond, and San Emigdio Canyo Loop is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Hart Park Trail

Hart Park Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

This is an informal trail along the Kern River in a community park. Trail passes along the Kern River through scrub habitat and borders Hart Park which is a park with picnic tables, barbecue grills, ponds, seasonal boat rentals.

    Hart Park Big Loop

Hart Park Big Loop is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Hart Park offers an extensive choice of interconnecting trails for just about every taste. This loop is a solid, all-around moderate choice. If you’re in good shape, considerate it a moderate hike. If you aren’t accustomed to hiking, this will be a bit of a challenge for you.

    Hart Park Southern Loop

Hart Memorial Park Southern Loop is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  

Kern River Parkway Trail

Kern River Parkway Trail is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bakersfield, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Panorama Park Loop

Panorama Park Loop is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bakersfield, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 

  Panorama Vista Preserve

The Panorama Vista Preserve is 930 acres is located on both sides of the Kern River.  Through its revegetation projects, it is being restored to a semblance of its 1910 appearance.   It is set aside as a nature preserve which will never be developed for housing or commercial purposes.

Preserve boundaries run from near Manor Drive to Gordon’s Ferry (west to east) and the Beardsley Canal and to the top of the Panorama Bluffs (north to South).  

Frazier Park

  Alamo Mountain Loop

Alamo Mountain Loop is a 17.8 mile loop trail located near Frazier Park, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving and is best used from November until March.

  Cedar Creek – Fishbowl Loop Trail

Cedar Creek-Fishbowl Loop Trail is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Frazier Park, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Condor Summit and Vincent Tumamait Trail

Condor Summit and Vincent Tumamait Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Eagle Pass Ridge

Eagle Pass Ridge is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  

Fraizer Mountain Road

Frazier Mountain Road is a 13.1 mile out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Hungry Valley SVRA Loop from Edison Canyon Campground

Hungry Valley SVRA Loop from Edison Canyon Campground is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Frazier Park, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving.

  Mount Pinos MTB Trail (Downhill)

Mount Pinos MTB Trail (Downhill) is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Frazier Park, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Mount Pinos Trail

Mount Pinos Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Mount Pinos via McGill Trail

Mount Pinos via McGill Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Mount Pinos via Vincent Tumamait Trail

Mount Pinos via Vincent Tumamait Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  North Fork Trail to McGill Trail to Klipstein Canyon Road

North Fork Trail to McGill Trail to Klipstein Canyon Road is a 64.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Frazier Park, California that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and offers a number of activity options.

  

North Fork Trail to McGill Trail

North Fork Trail to McGill Trail is a 15.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Frazier Park, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  San Emigdio Mountain Trail

San Emigdio Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 

  Tule Elk Trail to El Camino Viejo Trail

Tule Elk Trail to El Camino Viejo Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

Lebec

  Horse Camp Trail

Horse Camp Trail is a 23.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Hughes, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Liebre Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail

Liebre Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Hughes, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Lockwood Creek Trail

Lockwood Creek Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Lockwood Valley Road to Fishbowls Campground

Lockwood Valley Road to Fishbowls Campground is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maricopa, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until April.

  Pronghorn Trail from Quail Canyon Road

Pronghorn Trail from Quail Canyon Road is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Frazier Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Sandberg Trail

Sandberg Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Hughes, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Tehachapi

  Foot Hills

Foot Hills is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tehachapi, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Tehachapi Mountain Trail

Tehachapi Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tehachapi, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The last quarter-mile up to the actual peak on private property.

Mojave

  Cache Creek Road

Cache Creek Road is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mojave, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is best used from September until May. Following OHV and one track motorcycle trails, one climbs 3100 ft to see spectacular views of Mojave, California City, indeed all of Fremont Valley and most of Antelope Valley. Bring lots of water.

Red Rock Canyon

  Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel

Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cantil, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Last Chance Canyon

Last Chance Canyon is a 13.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Cantil, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Last Chance Canyon Drive

Last Chance Canyon Drive is a 11.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Ridgecrest, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail

Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near California City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Nightmare Gulch is a colorful and highly scenic canyon and is a must see cross-country route in Red Rock State Park. Closed Feb-June: For protection of raptor breeding areas, area is closed annually February through June to ALL entry including hiking, biking, horses, and OHV. Open July-January: Open annually July through January to pedestrians & equestrians only.

  Nightmare Gulch Overlook Trail

Nightmare Gulch Overlook Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Opal Canyon OHV Trail

Opal Canyon OHV Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cantil, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The Opal Canyon Trail is considered to be a dirt road, e.g. one of the best roads out here. It was challenging in a Subaru, but accesses beautiful terrain to areas where opals were once found. Red Rock Canyon State Park contains over 30 miles of 4WD back roads traversing the scenic desert terrain. A good map is needed and the visitor center gives out free rough maps showing the trails, dirt roads, 4WD roads, and serious 4WD roads.

  Red Cliffs Trail

Red Cliffs Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, California that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The Red Cliffs Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past reddish cliffs comprising sandstone, mudstone, and some volcanic rocks. Evidence of slumping, or possibly faulting, is seen in this cliff formation, which makes it an excellent place to see geology in action. Although the main trail is only 0.75 miles long, there are several pleasant unofficial trails and washes nearby. It is possible to spend several hours in this area exploring the desert landscape just off the main trail.

  Ricardo Campground

Ricardo Campground is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Ricardo Campground South Loop Trail

Ricardo Camp South Loop Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

This is a short, marked trail starting at the south end of the loop drive in Ricardo Campground. The trail climbs gently to a ridge between the campground and adjoining Hagen Canyon, then climbs the steep face of Whistling Ridge to the summit and its rewarding views. The trail starts at the south end of the loop drive in Ricardo Campground, where the one-way drive makes the turn back towards the Visitors’ Center. The trail crosses a small dry wash, then climbs gently along an eroded ridge to the main ridge that divides the campground from Hagen Canyon to the south. At the main ridge, the trail forks. The path to the right goes nowhere in particular, and the one down the opposite slope of the ridge descends to upper Hagen Canyon. You’ll want the trail to the left, which soon starts to climb the back of Whistling Ridge. After a few hundred feet, the trail grows quite steep and rather eroded as the gradient follows the tilted sedimentary layers that make up the landscape of this part of the state park. Press on to the top of the ridge, and you will be rewarded with a stiff breeze (thus the ridge’s name), excellent views of the campground to the north, and a desert canyon full of tilted red sandstone and hoodoos as far as the eye can see towards the east. Looking south on a clear day, you can see far into the Mojave Desert.

Ridgecrest

  College Loop

College Loop is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ridgecrest, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  El Paso Mountains Jeep Trail

El Paso Mountains Jeep Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgecrest, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Lone Ridge

Lone Ridge is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ridgecrest, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

  

Mikes 8

Mikes 8 is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ridgecrest, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

  Ridgecrest to Death Valley

Ridgecrest to Death Valley is a 165.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ridgecrest, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

Lake Isabella

  Isabella Lake

Isabella Lake is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Isabella, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Kernville

  Big Meadow to Manter Meadow

Big Meadow to Manter Meadow is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Brush Creek Trail

Brush Creek Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Brush Creek Trail is an unofficial trail that starts off easy; however, it quickly becomes rough and more challenging as it requires some scrambling over large granite formations. The creek is swollen with rushing water in the spring that empties into the Kern River, so practice caution.

  Bull Run Creek Trail

Bull Run Creek Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

  Cannell Creek Trail

Cannell Creek Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Cannell Meadow Trail

Cannell Meadow Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Cannell Trail to the Plunge

Cannell Trail to the Plunge is a 24.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

  Casa Viejo, Dry Meadows, Long Canyon Loop

Casa Viejo, Dry Meadows, Long Canyon Loop is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kernville, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Easy trail ride in the Golden Trout Wilderness.  Out through Casa Vieja Meadows, through Dry Meadow, along Nine mile Creek and back to Blackrock via Long Canyon.

  Cedar Canyon – River Trail

Cedar Canyon – River Trail is a 22.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kernville, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Jordan Hot Springs via Casa Vieja Trail

Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Trail goes downhill for approximately 5.2 miles. The first 2 miles to Casa Vieja is an easy downhill while the remaining 3.2 miles is steep. Plan accordingly if you want to day hike it as uphill is hard and steep. Jordan Hot Springs makes a great overnight trip. The trip can be done in a day, but one may not be able to fully enjoy resting in the hot springs. Prior to the area becoming a wilderness, people would enjoy these springs. In fact according to the Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney Ranger District, Native Americans used this area for summer encampments for hundreds of years. The springs were named after John Jordan, who while building a trail from Visalia to Olancha drowned in the Kern River. Later miners, travelers, and recreationalists would use the springs during the summer. In the early 1900s there was a resort established. However, once Congress signed the Wilderness Act in 1978, the development around Jordan Hot Springs was slowly removed. Today visitors can see the old cabins, cow camps, and pillars in the springs were docks were built.

  Lewis Camp Trail to the Little Kern River

Lewis Camp Trail to the Little Kern River is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The Little Kern River Bridge was built in 1957 and is still being maintained by the USDA Forest Service. Day hikes and overnight hikes to this area are common for those wanting to fish the area for Golden Trout. The bridge is also built to handle equestrian use, which visitors are likely to see.

  Powers Peak

Powers Peak is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Rincon Loop

Rincon Loop is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kernville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Salmon Creek Falls Viewpoint via Rincon Trail

Salmon Creek Falls Viewpoint via Rincon Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Seven Teacups Trail

Seven Teacups Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Sherman Pass Trail to Sherman Peak

Sherman Pass Trail to Sherman Peak is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

  Trout and Willow Meadows

Trout and Willow Meadows is a 18.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

  Whiskey Flat Trail

Whiskey Flat Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Wofford Heights

  Unal Trail

Unal Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wofford Heights, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

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