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post #1 of 13 Old 08-24-2019, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bakersfield to jawbone canyon on dirt

Has anyone done the ride over piute mountain to jawbone? I searched and found nothing. Lake isabella area is full of fun roads, paved and dirt. I thought there would be some mention of it on this site. Also sherman pass and kennedy meadows is really nice.
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Done some of the paved roads in the area. Camp at Kern River and ride over Sherman pass to 395. Some of the group and had some classic get offs in the area.

Have you checked Kelso valley rd? Seems it may lead you that way.
You could take Breckenridge to the bodfish/caliente rd as a start, I see there is a Piute Mtn rd on the Bing maps.
There is a Clear Creek Rd out of Havila that seems to wander east to the Piute Mtn rd. That looks like it ties in to Kelso Valley rd.
Plenty of not straight stuff!

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Yes that sounds like the route im looking for. I think you can connect from hwy 58. Last time I was up piute mountain, a huge group of adventure bikes came through. Talked to one guy, said they were coming from Bakersfield headed to bullhead city. Mostly all dirt. Sounded awesome to me. Ill be out there mid sep. I like to camp at rincon camp near the bottom of sherman pass rd. Near the kern river.
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Wifes' dad had 5 acres with a trailer on it near Twin Oaks. But he hadn't signed the final divorce paper before he died and the ex wife got the property.
A buddy and I rode back in their once. Nice area in the boonies with lots of survivalists. Woulda made a good base for exploring the area.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-25-2019, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, alltrails has tons of info.
Twin oaks would be perfect to ride from. Its country out there. I never saw any type of authority, lots of hunters.
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There is a Cowboy museum on the road North out the Twin Oaks area. Been by, never stopped. We are usually heading for the Kern River to camp or through Kernville and up to Sequoia at Azalea camp ground.
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I've done this trip through the Piutes, part of it on a VStrom and part on a KTM. There are some steeper, powdery switchbacks dropping off the ridge east of Claraville, and sand at the eastern-most end when you drop off the ridge into Jawbone and before you get to the paved road. I don't remember how deep the sand was because I was on the KTM for that section.

I hope you can see this link, let me know if you can't see it.

https://trips.furkot.com/ts/vum1qy

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Thanks for the info. I saw your furkot route. Really nice. Is the road going up from bodfish pretty rugged? I think I will go straight down piute mt road to kelso valley rd to jawbone. Skip the sandy switchbacks. Downhill sand looks scary on a 500lb bike.
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BTW, a FB group just posted that Sherman Pass Road and Kennedy Meadows can be smokey from the fires if the wind is blowing that way. Another nice road is the M90/Western Divide Hwy heading north from Johnsondale, same smoke warning.

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