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A world class trail at your doorstep

Hike the spectacular Kern Canyon

The Kern Gateway Trail is a proposed network of trails on the south side of the Kern Canyon, from the canyon mouth to Democrat Dam. Hundreds of feet above the river, it provides a unique experience of the powerful beauty of this great California waterway as it cuts a path through the Southern Sierra Nevada range. If linked and fully built, the trail would comprise of over 15 miles of hiking path, giving recreational access to a spectacular area that today can only be experienced from a car.

To make a project like this a reality, we need the US Forest Service, the City of Bakersfield, the County of Kern, Southern California Edison, CalTrans, and private landowners to all agree it's a priority and make it happen. Show your support for this project by signing our petition.

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Learn more about the trail

The proposed trail improves upon and connects sections of existing trail throughout the lower Kern Canyon, combining for over 15 miles of spectacular hiking.

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An amenity with many benefits

Why this trail is worth creating

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Local Quality of Life

Health and wellbeing through access to exercise and the outdoors

Regional economic competitiveness

Strategic amenity that will bring visitors and also attract + retain talent

Equitable access to the outdoors

Creating linkages between disadvantaged communities of the Central Valley and our public lands

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The awe-inspiring Kern Canyon

This video is of the now closed Jar Trail at the mouth of the canyon. It's sweeping views are just over 15 mins away from Downtown Bakersfield, and the trail starts within Bakersfield city limits. If the trail were to move forward and be built, this section of trail would anchor the Southwestern terminus of the trail.

Please do not try and hike this trail until a framework is in place to officially reopen it. Doing so would undermine efforts to make this trail a place for all to enjoy by further convincing the landowners that visitors will not respect the limits placed on use of the area.

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In the News

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'Fall in love with the vision': Hundreds have signed petition, but Kern Gateway Trail needs more buy-in, say advocates

February 5, 2023

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Kern Canyon Trail ambitious but in it's infancy

July 3, 2022

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