Thursday, February 19, 2009
Round Mountian sat 2/21 11am
Course: Round Mountain
Description: Starting at Beach Park this ride can be done either clockwise or counterclockwise. The ccw direction is more difficult than cw.
In the ccw direction from Beach Park travel east along the bike trail next to the Kern River. Follow the bike trail until Derrels Mini Storage, Turn left after the small canal bridge. Turn left again on to Gordon's Ferry. After crossing a large bridge over the Kern River take a right on to Round Mt. Road.
The climb begins 6 miles down the road. It's 4 miles long with an average 3.5% grade. The decent is rough with three cattle guards so keep your head up.
After the downhill you meander through Poso Valley. Then take a left turn onto Woody Granite Road. Here the "Poso climb-south" or the "3 mile climb" starts.
After climbing to the 'mail boxes' the long decent back to Bakersfield takes you through the oilfields until the left turn onto James Road. Take another left on N. Chester and yet another onto Manor and proceed down to the bike trail.
Take the bike trail back to Beach Park.
The road was resurfaced in early 2004. Yeah!!
Elevation Gain: 1775