Freeway Ridge, Black Gulch Trail

Circle and climb up to the top of Woodward Peak.

Total Miles
22.5

Elevation

1967.11 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Difficult

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Difficult: Steep, rutted climb up Freeway Ridge at the start. Long, steep descent down 32E47. Deep ruts are very tippy in spots. High clearance and at least one locker recommended. Experienced drivers only.

History

Keyesville is named after Richard Keyes, who discovered gold here in 1853 and set off a major gold rush along the Kern River. The town had about 60 permanent residents. Structures included 8 houses, a saloon, a small hotel and an earthen fort for protection against Indian attacks.

Technical Rating

6

Access Description

From Hwys. 155 and 178 south of Isabella Lake, drive south 6 miles on Hwy. 178. Turn right at trailhead just before mile marker 37. If coming north on 178 from Bakersfield, you can't legally turn left at trailhead. Go to next exit and circle back.