Bike tours through Sequoias fit every adrenaline junkie’s list | Bakersfield life


The father of national parks, John Muir, once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt. “

Understanding the intrinsic value that nature offers to human existence, Muir’s activism and advocacy protected what we know today as Sequoia National Park.

Who better to guide you through these iconic landscapes than Mountain & River Adventures? Opened 30 years ago by John Stallone, this is a Kernville-based “one-stop-shop for recreation” that offers guided rafting, camping team building tours, hiking and biking tours. all over the sequoias.

Mountain & River Adventures can customize tours to fit any adrenaline junkie’s list.

“We have a permit throughout the national forest,” Stallone said. “We had a group that did a day of horseback riding, then a day of rafting and a day of climbing.”

Packages range from $ 68 per adult for four- to six-hour half-day jams including a bike, helmet, gloves, snacks and water to $ 310 for a two-day bike camping seating up to 25 people, featuring delicious cuisine from the expert staff. The rates are cheaper if you bring your own bike. The minimum age required varies according to the level and the duration.

Not ready for a multi-day bike camping adventure?

“The Sunset Cruise is a cooler ride where you can see the forest casting shadows on the lake,” Stallone recommended.

One of the most rewarding day or multi-day trips is the Cannell Trail. Not for beginners, this trail attracts professional riders of the motorized and non-motorized variety. The Cannell Plunge, an ominous name for the 5,000-foot descent, is only part of the total descent of the 8,000-foot trail.

You will cross the Kern Plateau to Big Meadow and end up at the Kern River Brewing Company. Talk about the perfect stop for refueling in some of the same pastures and forests that inspired Muir’s preservation movement itself. Don’t forget to take some photos for Instagram.

Mountain & River Adventures offers a shuttle service between $ 30 and $ 45. Using the shuttle means you won’t have a guide, but the shuttles can take you to the trailhead with the easiest access to the best dives and vistas.

Take the shuttle to Greenhorn / Alta Sierra and choose from a variety of trail options, including the Just Outstanding Trail where cyclists twist and turn through a canopy tunnel of bright red manzanita trees. Kern River Brewing Company’s Just Outstanding IPA, aptly named by Mountain & River Adventures owner John Stallone after the legendary trail itself, has been recognized as one of the magazine’s top five IPAs in the world. LA Weekly in 2011.

So hit the land of Kernville this fall with Mountain & River Adventures and remember to ‘leave no trace’ to protect the trails you will conquer. ??


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