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  • Blackrock Ranger Stn. - #BlackrockRangerStn.

    Norcal - Tulare County - Kennedy Meadows NickNames: #BlackrockRangerStn.

    From US-395 north of Inyokern, go left on the Kennedy Meadows Road to Kennedy Meadows. Continue on the Sherman Pass Road to Blackrock Ranger Station. From Lake Isabella, go north on the Kern River Road to the Sherman Pass Road, then to Blackrock. Park here, or wander around the network of roads to find a campsite.



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    • Trail UpdateLittle Horse Trail-The Little Horse Trail starts southeast of Osa Meadow, at the junction of Road 21S20 and the Blackrock Mountain Trail and Beach Trail. Follow Little Horse west past Osa Meadow and over a few low ridges, then drop down a long drainage that leads to the Lion Meadow Road. Not many serious obstacles on this trail, but lots of whoops for racking up frequent flier miles. Beautiful mixed forest and meadows.
      Lazarus Long

      Posted:10/08/2005

    • Trail UpdateTrip Still On...-The trip is still on. Most recent update can be found here.



      Tom Kenney a Cross-Country Rider

      Posted:04/23/2004

    • Trail UpdateGroup Ride May 22-23, 2004-

      Anyone interested in a weekend of camping and riding the Kern Plateau can find details here.
      E-mail me (addr in sig below) if you want to be on the 'updates' mailing list.

      Tom Kenney a Cross-Country Rider

      Posted:03/26/2004

    • Trail UpdateRides With Akitas-
      Gary riding the Jackass Peak Trail, with dog Gobie out front

      Tom Kenney a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA

      Posted:09/25/2000

    • Trail UpdateLittle Horse Trail-

      The Little Horse Trail starts southeast of Osa Meadow, at the junction of Road 21S20 and the Blackrock Mountain Trail and Beach Trail. Follow Little Horse west past Osa Meadow and over a few low ridges, then drop down a long drainage that leads to the Lion Meadow Road. Not many serious obstacles on this trail, but lots of whoops for racking up frequent flier miles. Beautiful mixed forest and meadows.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: ~5 miles Elevation change: 1400'
      Singletrack=100%
      Tom Kenney a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page

      Posted:05/30/2000

    • Trail UpdateBeach And Monache Trail Maps-I have a set of maps for these trails posted at my website. Go to the following URL:
      http://tom.fluxtech.com/tom/tstories/kernride.html
      and go to the bottom of the page. There you will find links to topo maps for these trails, and an overview map of the general area.
      Tom Kenney a 31 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page

      Posted:03/10/1999

    • Trail UpdateMonache Jeep Trail-The Monache Jeep Trail is a popular 4WD route leading from the Blackrock/Jackass area to Monache Meadows on the South Fork of the Kern River near Olancha Peak. From the Blackrock Station, drive or ride about 4 miles north on the paved Blackrock Road to another paved road leaving to the right. This road is signed "Monache Jeep Trail 4 Mi." Drive or ride this road down into a meadow complex, then up to where the Monache Trail leaves to the left. The first mile is a well-maintained dirt road leading to the trailhead. From the trailhead, ride north along an undulating ridge through oak, fir, and jeffrey pines. Descend steeply through dense forest, passing a junction with the Blackrock Mountain Trail (see below). Continue descending to an over-grazed meadow complex. Ride through the meadows, following the forested edges, and climb over the low Summers Ridge. Descend the north side of Summers Ridge into Monache Meadows. There are many double-track roads to explore in the Meadows, but steer clear of obvious (usually signed) private property. Just northwest of Monache Meadows is Bakeoven Meadow, a trailhead for a designated Mountain Bike Trail, the Bakeoven Trail. Return via the Monache Jeep Trail.
      Dirt Road=100%
      Tom Kenney a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page

      Posted:11/21/1997

    • Trail UpdateCORRECTION - Road 21S20-Road 21S20 actually starts just under 1 mi. EAST of the Beach Meadow Road.

      Posted:09/02/1997

    • Trail UpdateBlackrock Mountain Trail-The Blackrock Mountain Trail traverses the south side of Blackrock Mountain from Osa Meadow in the west to the Monache Jeep Trail in the east. I did this trail in 2 parts, starting from a trailhead on the south side of Blackrock Mountain, at the end of Road 20S28. The east leg of the trail is very rocky and sandy for the most part, as it traverses meadows and low ridges around Blackrock Mountain. After crossing the Blackrock Road and traversing more meadows, the trail descends and improves greatly. This wonderful downhill through open lodgepole forest comes to a crashing halt on some large rocks imbedded in the trail on a short steep section. A few more turns and the trail intersects the Monache Jeep Trail. The west leg of the trail leaves Road 20S28 and traverses west and north around Blackrock Mountain, then reaches another trailhead at Road 20S26. A short distance later, the trail re-crosses 20S26 and begins an excellent downhill run through lodgepoles and meadows down to Osa Meadow and intersects Road 21S20 and the Beach Trail.
      Singletrack=100%
      Tom Kenney a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page

      Posted:09/02/1997

    • Trail UpdateBeach Mdw. To Osa Mdw. On 21S20-Road 21S20 is a maintained USFS road which connects the Beach Meadow area with Osa Meadow and a wilderness trailhead. Follow the signs from Blackrock station to the Beach Meadow cutoff road. Go right, continuing toward Lion Meadow. Road 21S20 goes right about 1 mi. from the Beach Meadow road. Road 21S20 climbs steadily but not steeply for several miles through mixed fir and jeffry forest and small meadows, then drops a short distance to Osa Meadow, where there are several nice campsites. From Osa Meadow, the road climbs up the ridge to the north, where it ends at the wilderness boundary at 8500 ft. Return the way you came, or take any of a multitude of connecting trails and roads.
      Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=50%
      Tom Kenney a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL:Tom's Page

      Posted:08/04/1997

    • Trail UpdateBeach Trail-The Beach Trail connects Beach Meadow with Osa Meadow. This is an OHV trail, so it is a bit loose, but still provides an excellent ride through meadows and mixed lodgepole, fir, and jeffrey forest. This trail is best taken in it's downhill direction. Ride up Road 21S20 (see below) to the ridge just before Osa Meadow. The Beach Trail leaves to the west at an obvious junction. Ride down into a small meadow in an open lodgepole forest, then climb up another ridge. From here, it's all downhill through more mixed forest and meadows along a small, cascading stream. The trail ends at Beach Meadow.
      Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=50%
      Tom Kenney a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL:Tom's Page

      Posted:08/04/1997


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