RR: Hitting Some Opium Trail in Kernville

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Mikie, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Mikie Watson
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    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    The Opium Trail
    "If mountain bikers realized all the mountain bike trails that are around here... there would be twice as many mountain bikers" ~ Jeff Sherman

    If I had a choice when I hit Interstate 5 to go North or South . . . I would always go North.
    There may be many who disagree with me when I compare the San Gabes to the Sierra's but I would have to say, there is no comparison. The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is, well.....vast. Plus you get the bonus of the Kern River, Lake Isabella, and of course... the Kern River Brewing Company!

    The Cannell Plunge, Just Outstanding, Cedar Creek Trail, The Tobias Trail, Kern River Trail, Lower Whiskey Flats, Portuguese Trail, Camp Nelson, Bear Creek Trail, and the list goes on. Some are secret, some are just not well known yet, and some are fading because they are just not ridden enough! I think that is a felony in most states. It's our obligation to get on out there and ride those bad boys!

    This ride was originally started by @rossage and we were going to ride the Kern River Trail, several jumped on and then had to bail, and the two sole survivors were @bigringrider101 (Berni), and @Mikie (Mikie o_O).

    The night before at around 8:00pm Berni calls me and throws the bait and switch saying we are meeting @jfsh (Jeff) in Kernville and we are going to go ride some new dirt. I mean REALLY new dirt. "Ah-Hah", I said!
    No problem I'm up for anything when it includes jfsh!

    Met both Berni and Jeff at the usual place, at the park in Kernville at 9:00am. We first headed up to the bottom of the Whiskey Flats Trail. WHISKEY FLATS! Oh no! I was NOT going to do THAT, again...EVAH! But jfsh had told me even back then we had given up on the trail right as it got good. I will do a mini report on todays Whiskey Flat ride soon...

    Very old ride report (before the forum) on the ill fated Whiskey Flats Adventure: Whiskey (Not So) Flats


    After a group ride with some locals on the Lower Whiskey Flats trail and the extra curriculum added t o it (it was great!) We headed up to get us some Opium Trail.

    The trail was built by Chinese Laborers to move along the hills above the Kern River to build the flume tunnels. There is rumor that there was a lot of opium consumed by those workers and talk of evidence if you know what to look for. Now I t's a trail rarely ridden but it is a total gem!

    Get up there and get you some of that!
    We rode a 10 mile section of it with some extra credit Singletrack built by some locals.

    Then hit up the Kern River Brewery for amazing food and hand crafted fine brews!

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    Here are some pics along the trail!


    My new Favorite Pic of Berni!
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    Two Mountain Bike Rockstahs! Berni and Jeff.
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    They're both across the way climbing the trail.

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    Berni is one awesome dude. As said before, he is like the ever ready bunny! That guy can just keep going... and going ...and go...
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    Jeff flies with the smoothest of ease. Jeff is such a gifted rider and trail builder.

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    Yeah, the trail we just road on is over there...uh, somewhere.

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    Stopping for some views.
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    The Kernville area is soooo....vast!
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    Jeff pointing to where we rode this morning on Lower Whiskey Flats.
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    Yellow Poppies.
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    The much lesser trail ridden.

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    Jeff Sherman is an awesome dude! I thank him every time I get the blessing to ride with him!

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    We rode almost exactly 10 miles of the Opium Trail as part two to the morning ride on Lower Whiskey Flats on some very "new" loops. I'm so glad Berni held the torch to keep the ride on so we could hang out with Jeff. Berni is dah Man!:thumbsup:

    We gathered up the vehicles and knowingly it's a moral imperative to hit up the Kern River Brewing Company where they now have outrageously good food and find hand crafted brews that are awesome!

    They had some fish tacos and some glasses of brew. I uhhhh, :oops: had a salad and some iced tea due to my weight training commitment!

    Thanks guys for another epic day!!!

    Mikie
    Bike On!
     
  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

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    San Gabes are great, but they aren't the Sierras. 007, here I come!!
     
  3. tortoise

    tortoise Well-Known Member

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  4. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

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    Lesser traveled for sure, I can't see a trail in the pics.
     
  5. jaime

    jaime Well-Known Member

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    You guys R O C K !!!! As always @Mikie love your RR and pics. So beautiful....
     
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Okay I fixed the pics...
     
  7. jfsh

    jfsh Member

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    Jeff
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    Mikie, I'm guessing you pulled all those pics from the video you took? I'm surprised how well they turned out. I like the ones where I was following you.
     
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  8. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

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    How funny. I like the ones when I was following.
     
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    @jfsh @bigringrider101 ...
    I like it when I'm strong enough you are BOTH following me! Ha Ha!
     
  10. ridinrox

    ridinrox Well-Known Member

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    Roxanne
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    Kernville....:inlove::inlove:
     
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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    ^^^Like like like like like...^^^
    @ridinrox
     
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  12. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

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    I worked that trail years ago when I was on a hotshot crew. Love to ride it.
     
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  13. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

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    You guys killed it! Nice riding; well done. Thanks for the reportage and pics. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

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    I rode the original opium trail, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Lounging on a bed with Oy, everything was like a Guccione photo spread. Enjoyable but not as good as yours....:whistling:
     
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  15. CalEpic

    CalEpic Member

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    Craig
    I was fortunate enough to ride the same trails a couple weeks previous to you - the weekend of the Keyesville Classic. The wildflowers were going off, the trails were killer, Jeff's hospitality - off the charts. There's bigger, badder trails to ride in the area, but I'm jealous I don't have these ones for my weekday after work rides. It was new dirt for me, which made the trip all the more worthwhile.
     
  16. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Yeah... Jeff is like the ultimate host/guide. He always has great info to share and has no problem stopping to play on some features as long as everyone wants to play. Jeff is a class act and a Kernville legend IMHO...
     
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  17. jhartftw

    jhartftw Newbie

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    jhartftw
    I can neither confirm or deny that there is some very excellent mountain biking on and around Whiskey Flats Trail (32e35), just outside and within easy riding distance of Kernville ;)
     
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  18. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Picture Slot Machine!
    :(When @bigringrider101 Berni and I actually used to ride together a lot...

    One more reason to ride Kernville!
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  19. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

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    Berni Avila
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    Now, I’m a “Little Ring Rider”
     
  20. jfsh

    jfsh Member

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    Jeff
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    This report is old. There is quit a bit more trail in this area now.
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    Mike, aka "Snake"
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    Ya got any footage you can share?
     
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  22. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Hey Jeff, I thought fell off the earth. Thanks for chiming in. Sure would like to come and ride with you again sometime.
     
  23. jfsh

    jfsh Member

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    Jeff
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    I'm still around, just busy. Come on up.

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  24. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Mikie Watson
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    Hey! I know that character! :)

    Thanks Jeff!
     
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  25. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

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    Ya me toooooooo!