2.4 miles
815 ft
-66 ft
Avg time

Kernan Trail Details

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  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    all year
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Cleveland National Forest

The Kernan is all about tight-banked turns and whoop-de-doos with some interspersed rocky areas. All the while dumping off a bunch of elevation in a short distance that is sure to peg your fun-o-meter. You reach the bottom of the Kernan all too quickly and you are back where you started at for a total of 20 miles. The Kernan Trail is also the site of the Sagebrush Safari downhill event.

Chaparral covered hills, panoramic views of Kitchen Valley and Morena Lake.

Access Info

North end: I-8 at Pine Valley Rd. Take the Pine Valley exit and park to the right in the cul-de-sac. Follow Bear Valley Road to the Kernan Cycle Trail signs. South end: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.

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More Stats for Kernan Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    748 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,093 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,843 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,093 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,842 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.9 miles
  • Distance down
    2,554 ft
  • Distance flat
    198 ft
  • Avg time
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