This is a combination bike ride and hike up the San Emilgdio Canyon road in Windwolves Preserve. We will meet at Carl's Junior and caravan to Windwolves which is about thirty minutes from Bakersfield. After arriving in Windwolves we will depart from the trailhead parking lot on our bikes and ride up the bike trail which is really a dirt road. We will ride up a moderate incline up the canyon for about four miles to the Reflection Pond Trailhead where we will park and lock our bikes before we hike up the trail to the Reflection pond area and perhaps beyond. The Reflection pond trail is relatively steep but not too long.
We will then turn around and head back down to the trail and ride back up the bike trail a couple of more miles to the end of the bike trail to the El Camino Viejo Wilderness Trail. We will than come back and have lunch at the picnic area. I have done this trip many times and it is a blast coming back down the road back. I estimate the ride and hike up and back should last about three hours, give or take a half an hour either way. The dirt road up the canyon is relatively even without too many potholes for the most part and can be done on a mountain bike or perhaps even a hybrid bike. I wouldn't suggest riding a road bike. You don't need any particular biking skills to do this trip. I wouldn't call this a strenuous hike and bike but if you are not used to riding a bike up a moderate dirt road it might be more challenging than you might expect even if you consider yourself in good shape. P.S. If you don't have a bike and want to hike up the road or the parallel hiking trail on the other side and meet us back at the picnic area for lunch you are welcome to join us.l