Badger Gap and Little Tenant Spring Trails

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Badger Gap and Little Tenant Spring Trails is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bakersfield, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.6 miles
1,699 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


off road driving

scenic driving

trail running




Directions from Greenhorn Ranger Station: Travel northeast on Oak Flat Lookout Road (County Road 465) for about thirteen miles. The trail begins 1 mile north of Oak Flat Lookout Road and Rancheria Road.

2 months ago

We went on this trail during Memorial Day Weekend, and the plants were a bit of a bummer ( foxtails, yellow starthistle-like plants that kept getting caught in our hiking boots/pricking us through our pants). I’m not sure if the trail is more maintained during the rest of the year, but also the creek was dried out and we didn’t see any water. There were a few parts where the view was beautiful, but it’s a lot of effort to get there through the rough and dusty road.

4 months ago

Great hike, took my dog and the wildflowers were beautiful

10 months ago

Yesterday was my first time on this trail and I wasn't impressed by it. The time it took to get up there I could have went to a better location. In some spots the view was beautiful but those spots were two far in between, in my opinion.

Monday, May 08, 2017

great trail.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Perfect weather during this time of the year. If you are looking for a very quiet hike, this is the place. The road to the trail is bumpy but worth the trip.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Great time of year to go. The trail is well maintained and the grass is the perfect height. The road up isn't that bad, there's few rocks and the only ruts are from water drainage. The directions link above takes you past the trailhead, make sure you don't pass it unless you want to travel even rougher roads and see an old house.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great hike loved the views. The water is flowing so crossing over the streams can be a little challenging. But if you don't mind getting your feet wet you'll be ok!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beautiful hike!! Once you turn off on Rancheria Road it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to the trailhead because it's windy. When you are about 1.25 miles from the trailhead you'll see a sign for the Oak Flat Lookout. Keep going and you'll see the trailhead sign for Badger Gap. You have to just pull off to the side of the little side road to park on the grass. There's a picnic table and bench at the trailhead. The grass was pretty tall and covering the trail in several spots but you can see the trail up ahead so you just have to wade through the grass. The wild flowers and views are seriously breathtaking!

We went about an hour and 45 minutes out and then tuned around. I want to do the 5 miles to the Kern River Trail next time, when I have all day. We didbt seventeen else on the trail at all.

I did have to remove some ticks after the hike and there are tons of fox tails along the trail- so just be aware of those things.

This was a great workout- nothing too crazy but I could feel it in my legs on the way back which was a little more uphill.

I can't recommend this trail enough for a lovely day hike!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

amazing view!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Great! Pretty steep.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Kinda steep for lugging a baby on my back. Very nice view though, especially the drive up.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The road to get here is horrid. Even in a 4x4 truck. I didn't even make it all the way to the trail. NEVER AGAIN!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I want to hike this trail, but I have no idea where to start. is there a parking spot, or side of the road parking type thing? Is there a sign saying trails starts here? please help. text me at 661.302.6977

off road driving
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This trail is maintained by Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers on motorcycles. Over the past decade we have spent thousands of hours clearing brush, downed trees and installing water bars to make the trail more enjoyable for everyone. Sharing trails means more trails for everyone. Enjoy!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

We only did 3 miles, but a very nice trail. Easy to follow, no steep parts.

Monday, July 04, 2011

This was a real good trail even though it is a Mountain Bike and OHV trail I only met one Mtn bike rider the whole hike and it took me all day and well into the night to do this trail it is in good condition and is a must do when everything is green and the wildflowers are out.

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