Socal - Kern County - Bakersfield NickNames: #ToadsWildRide
Hwy 178 to hart park. Across from shooting range is the parking. From the parking lot you can see where the trail starts.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 2 Elevation change:
Steve a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Foes from Bakersfield, CA
The directions above are sort of vague. What you do from downtown is hop on the 178 east, get off at Mt. Vernon and head north. follow it out of town and it will turn towards the east. Keep going following the signs for Hart park. After a few miles the road you're on will run right through the park. Keep an eye on your right for the Kern County Sheriff shooting range. Park your car and get on your bike. Forget about the trail you will see that follows the road you were just on. Head toward the range and you will find that the park opens up behind the range.
The first thing I saw when parking was a beautiful steep, rutted face with no tracks on it ending right in the parking area. I HAD to find a way up there. Anyway, as you get back into this canyon you will see moto-trails everywhere, easy climbs going up, and steep chutes heading down every face. I continued on my way back and the canyon got skinny. Really skinny. Once at the top you'll come to a road where you could head for a couple miles to your right or left. I turned my boat around to speed through Toad's the way I came up. High banked turns and berms have you speeding through this crevise with a big smile.
Back at the bottom I had no trouble finding the proper route to the top of the face I had seen at the parking lot. This was by far my favorite stretch in the park. Super steep rutted run, with good traction. Somehow found a good line on my first trip down and was at my car with a gigantic smile.
You could play in this park for hours, climbing and trying out all the numerous chutes. If you're in B-town give this place a look, and watch out for the dirt bikers.
Good luck to you.