Saturday Ride

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GSR 2020 – Saturday Ride

Saturday’s ride features a stop at the home of Bob Allen in Camp Nelson.  Outdoor dining available. Only 56 miles but twisty and fun. 

There are 2 return options:

  • Easy Return:  Back the way we came for a total of about 112 miles.
  • Scenic Return:  Return through Porterville and California Hot Springs for an aggressive 156 mile day.  This route heads down to the valley and then south and back over the mountain via Hot Springs Road.

 The route you take is your choice.  Both are fun options.


  • Cell phone coverage is poor on any of the higher elevation areas, so be prepared.
  • All the roads are paved and should be in good condition. Still, I would use caution while riding.
  • This route has significant local traffic.  Watch blind corners.


  • There is no gas between Kernville and the lodge.  Top off before starting.
  • If you take the ‘Easy Return’ route, it will be about 56 miles back to Kernville.  Total of 112 miles for the day.
  • It you take the ‘Scenic Return’ route, the total mileage for the day will be 156 miles.  The first and last gas opportunity is in Porterville at S Plano Ave (85.2 miles)
  • Remember that these routes are twisty with significant climbing.  Assume low end mileage per gallon.

Morning Route to Ponderosa Lodge

OddLegLocation – DirectionWaypoint Link
0Kernville Inn- Kernville Road North
0.40.4Left on Sierra Way
29.328.9Right on Great Western Divide Hwy
56.026.7BBQ Lunch by Bob Allen
974 highway 190, Camp Nelson. 93265
Look for red balloons in driveway.

Scenic Return to Kernville

56.0Continue toward Porterville
82.526.5Left on S Plano St (Take Plano St North for Shell Gas)
95.813.3Bear left on Hot Springs Rd (toward Ca Hot Springs)
11418.2California Hot Springs (refreshment available)
155.641.6Right on Kernville Rd
156.30.7Kernville Inn
Saturday Ride (both options)