Rancheria Road is a 33.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bakersfield, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

33.6 miles
7,752 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


nature trips

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off road driving
4 months ago

Completed in our JK (3" lift & 35" A/T tires). No real challenge, but it was nice to explore the area. Lot of no trespassing signs along the route. We came across several cows/cattle on the trail (more like a fire road). Probably won't do again as we are from SoCal area, just up here camping at Lake Isabella for the week.

off road driving
8 months ago

Pleasant enough alternative to CA 178 but not something outstanding and once done I doubt you'll return.

off road driving
Thursday, July 20, 2017

did this in the dark as we got a late start. This is easy dirt road with a few minor obstacles. The whole road can be driven with car and some care. We traveled the whole length moving slowly avg 15 mph All the way to the 155 connection. It was a great trip and the first one on a used 4 wheel drive i had just bought. So we were gambling on a breakdown on a road I had never been on , but with the great info available here on ALLTRAILS we had a great adventure. Recommend this road for pleasant day or night trip

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice and easy. Beautiful views.

scenic driving
Monday, June 12, 2017

In the spring/summer months when the weather is warm and dry, the roads are easy to travel on with a vehicle that has clearance. In the colder rain/snow seasons you vehicle best have off road capabilities. I drove up during moderate/heavy rain fall with my stock Jeep that has mud terrain tires, but i kept sliding. So I had to turn around. The drive is nice for clearing your head, connecting with nature, or just to enjoy the company of a friend(s). Watch out for COWS. There are a few camp sites going up towards Alta Sierra. There is also a creek going through an off-road trail.

off road driving
Monday, April 03, 2017

As of April 2nd the road is closed at Shirley meadows. About 19 miles up coming from 178 it starts getting bad deep rain ruts and a lot of downed trees and boulders across the rd. Looks like a tornado came through here. Tried a nice easy Sunday drive and left with some new booboo's on the truck. Still a lot of traffic on the road but you will have to turn around and head back the gate is locked at 30 mile mark. Views still great not many wildflowers though. Still a 5 star day with the family.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fun trail, be careful in winter road becomes very icy but great drive and nice place to go star gazing

off road driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fun times with the family off roading. Got a good mount of snow on our last trip around Christmas.

off road driving
Thursday, August 25, 2016

fun drive

scenic driving
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nice drive as you get further into it. Part of it is closed during the winter months, so be prepared for that. Some sections were not well maintained, so definitely consider this one "off roading", and leave your sedan at home.

off road driving
Monday, August 17, 2015

Nice drive and very scenic route. Easy drive... So it's great if that's what you're looking for. It was our first time out with our new jeep and it was great practice. Kids loved it. Next time we'll probably drive down to the Isabella / Kernville area and check out Kern River Brewing Company before heading back into town. Or, maybe we'll camp out and piggyback a Sherman pass run...

off road driving
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nice day drive.

off road driving
Friday, November 14, 2014

Great road trip. Road was in really good shape.

off road driving
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Paved and dirt road that leads to Glenville and Evans Flat Campground. Easy drive, great scenery and quail hunting at the top! Fun weekend drive for any high clearance vehicle.

off road driving
Saturday, November 02, 2013

Pretty mild Jeep trail. More like a dirt road. Some bikes and some motorcycles. Watch for kids and ranchers on the roads. Once you get into Park (about 5 miles?) gets better scenery.

off road driving
Monday, September 30, 2013

Super easy road, drive your Honda Civic easy. Still fun way to get from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella off road though. Evans Flat Campground is real nice and you can ride your ATV's or other OHV's from there to Keyesville. Winter 4x4ing is great with mud and snow!

Also when you get up to Alta Sierra there is a ski lodge and a great restaurant in the little town.

Only words of caution are;
during the winter the road is closed by snow
there are many side roads that lead to private property or other towns so try to stay on the main fire road

Monday, August 27, 2012

Great road for a family ride on the weekend my one year old had a blast I would recommend this road for a easy off road trip with great scenic route

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