Mountain Bike Rides in the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Bear Creek Trail


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A big climb, a steep DH descent, and a slalom ride through Sequoias.

Bear Creek Trail in Sequoia National Forest
Descending into a grove of Giant Sequoias.

Black Diamond


  • 12-13 Miles Singletrack.
  • About 2000 feet of climbing.
  • 5000+ feet of drop.
  • One Way Shuttle.
  • Alternate starting points & endings.
  • Ponderosa/Quaking Aspen
  • Camp Nelson
  • Sequoia National Monument
  • Map: Kern River Sierra Outdoor Recreation Map, 6th ed

UPDATE!!! 2021: Unfortunately, this trail burned in the Castle Fire and is closed for all of 2021. The Giant Sequoias are hardy and hopefully the forest will quickly recover.

July 2020: Bear Creek has been cleared of all the downed trees - awesome riding now! Seasonably dry and loose soil.

Unfortunately, a small group of local hikers are illegally trying to shut down the trail by removing trail signs and replacing them with "trail closed" signs, and physically wiping out the bike tracks, etc. This is an official multi-use USFS-designated bike trail. It is OPEN for biking! Please remove any obstructions you may find at the intersection.

Shredding Bear Creek Trail.
Reaping the rewards.

Nearby Rides & Trails

Under Construction

Bear Creek descent
Some very fast downhill sections.











Bear Creek Viewpoint
Well placed viewpoint/break spot.










The Needles
View of The Needles.







Climbing the Summit Trail

Maggie Mountain & the Western Divide views from Bear Creek Trail.
Bear Creek Rock Drop
Plenty of fun natural features all along this trail.









Giant Sequoia
A ride to remember!
End of Trail
One of the possible endings on this trail.
Don't Get Lost!
Kernville Adventure Map

This trail and optional routes are depicted on the 6th edition Kern River Sierra adventure map:

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