Where to Eat

The Gear Grinder Grill will be in full effect all weekend serving up breakfast burritos, awesome lunches and drinks Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night, we present The 4th Annual “Super Dave” Filet Mignon dinner. Hand cut, grilled filets, Italian salad and parmesan bread, assorted desserts and fine red wine as we dine in the pines! Limited to 40 guests, $40 per person. RSVP to It sells out fast, get on it! In addition, we will have for sale the commemorative Kern River Brewing SOLO Cup which includes 2 pours of their excellent ale.Where to Stay

Where to Stay:

Free Camping on-site! Keyesville Recreation Area is on BLM land. Pirimitive camping is free, and many wonderful campsites can be found within easy walking/riding distance of the staging area. RV’s are allowed, though there are no hookups. Bring your own water and food. Pit toilets are available, and we will have extra porta-potties available during the race. Campfire permits are required for all campfires and may be obtained for free at the US Forest Service office, or from BLM staff who will be on site for the weekend.

Kern River Valley Hotels:

  • Rivernook Campground (760) 375-2758
  • Lake Isabella Motel (Lake Isabella): (760) 379-2800
  • Lakeview Motel (Mountain Mesa): (760) 379-8250
  • River View Lodge (Kernville): (877) 885-6333 or (760)376-6019
  • McCambridge Lodge (Kernville): (760) 376-2288
  • Kernville Inn (Kernville): (760) 376-2206
  • Kern Lodge Motel (Kernville): (760) 376-2224
  • Sequoia Motor Lodge (Kernville): (760) 376-2535
  • Pine Cone Inn: (760) 376-6669
  • More can be found at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce web site.

Forest Service Campgrounds:

The Forest Service hosts a wide array of campgrounds at affordable rates, both along the river and Lake Isabella. Some of the more popular Forest Service campgrounds are listed below. For information about campground specifics and amenities, it is best to contact the local Forest Service (Kern River Ranger District ~ 760-376-3781).

Pioneer Point, Boulder Gulch and Hungry Gulch, Hobo, and Sandy Flat campgrounds are the closest to the event venue. For detailed information about Sequoia National Forest camping, recreation, permits, maps, brochures, etc., visit the U.S. Forest Service website at Some Forest Service campgrounds may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777, or through