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

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"The Trail of the Bear"

Climbing Unal Trail

 

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THE STATS


*4.5+ miles.
*750 feet in climbing.  
*750 feet in drop.
*Loop Ride
*Top Elevation: 6861 ft.

 

Often ridden as a double loop, or combined with upper Just Outstanding and/or Portuguese Pass Trail.

Update! May 2017. The north side of the loop has been cleared, but the south side contains some downed trees.

Climbing up Unal Trail.

 

This quick local favorite is an excellent forested non-motorized singletrack loop/double loop that climbs to a nice northern view of the High Sierra.  

Unal Trail peak
A post marks the elevation at the top; 6861 ft. Look through the trees to see the peaks of the High Sierra!

Conveniently located at Greenhorn Summit, it can easily be added to JO or Portguese Pass trails.  

From the top viewpoint area, ride down the east side of the loop (a counter clockwise direction) for the most fun downhill experience.  Some intial switchbacks give way to a great whoop section with jumpy rollers and a nice suprise rock drop/roller.   

 

Ways to ride it...

From the trailhead there are 2 climbing options:  The west side singletrack has a couple steeper switchbacks, but is all climbable for very fit riders.  

The other option, for easier climbing or a double loop, is to ride up the dirt road just to the north of the trailhead.  Once the road reaches a large open area (Windy Gap), go left on a connector singletrack and ride to the top.

Below is youtube video of the descent on the east side of the loop, starting near the viewpoint:

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for Unal Loop

Trailhead

Unal Trail Perfect Singletrack

 

The trailhead/picnic area is just south of Greenhorn Summit in Alta Sierra, 7 miles up the 155 from Wofford Heights.

The trailhead is adjacent to the Forest Service work station.

Parking is also available at the "sand shed" at the summit.

 

Unal Trail

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This trail and optional routes are depicted on the local adventure map:

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