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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +946/ -3,007 ft
Total: 30 riders

Mountain Biking The Cannell Plunge

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#124 of 1,005 mountain bike trails in California
#1,823 in the world

This is not an easy ride, but the last 8 miles which is called the Plunge makes everything worth it. Try to get an early start, we didn't get hit the rail until 2 so we ended up riding back in the dark. The trail starts out at 9,900 elevation at Sherman Pass and for the next 15 miles it felt like every time we rode down we had to peddle back up which was quite exhausting at that elevation or any elevation. The Plunge is the last 8 miles of the trail and drops 5,000 feet in elevation in only 8 miles. This part of the tail makes all the hard work completely worth it. The single track was amazing and on the side of the mountain so quite the adrenalin rush! Sorry I don't have much to offer on directions since I rode it in the beginning of the summer I don't remember the forks in the road to well. We stopped in to Mountain River Adventures in Kernville and they gave us a mapped and were very helpful. They also offer a shuttle to the top of Sherman Pass if you don't have an extra car.

First added by scooter_ on Sep 13, 2012. Last updated May 7, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
To shuttle:Go to Kernville (take highway 178 east from Bakersfield), head North out of town along 155 (I think). Keep going North along the river until you see a sign on the right for Sherman Pass. Turn right and head up to the pass. Your ride will end in Kernville so if you are lucky and got a ride have them wait for you in town. It takes about 1 hour to reach the pass from Kernville.

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