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 ). 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! Here are some pics along the trail! My new Favorite Pic of Berni! Two Mountain Bike Rockstahs! Berni and Jeff. They're both across the way climbing the trail. 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... Jeff flies with the smoothest of ease. Jeff is such a gifted rider and trail builder. Yeah, the trail we just road on is over there...uh, somewhere. Stopping for some views. The Kernville area is soooo....vast! Jeff pointing to where we rode this morning on Lower Whiskey Flats. Yellow Poppies. The much lesser trail ridden. Jeff Sherman is an awesome dude! I thank him every time I get the blessing to ride with him! 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! 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, had a salad and some iced tea due to my weight training commitment! Thanks guys for another epic day!!! Mikie Bike On!