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Directions to Kernville via Bakersfield, California

From Los Angeles (LAX)

Take Hwy 405 north (signs will say "Sacramento"). At the north end of the San Fernando Valley, it will merge with Hwy 5. Take Hwy 5 north to the San Joaquin Valley (signs still say "Sacramento"). where it SPLITS into two Highways: Hwy 5 and Hwy 99. Take Hwy 99 - Bakersfield.  There is a sign for the Hwy 178 turnoff (want to go east).  LAX to Bakersfield is approximately 2 hours.

Directions to race site (Kernville) from Bakersfield: 

Travel east on Hwy 178, through the Kern Canyon. Follow signs to Lake Isabella. Look for the offramp that says "Lake Isabella/Kernville"  (Not just "Lake Isabella", that one is the wrong one).  Turn left onto Hwy 155, heading north. Travel approximately 10 miles (go past Wofford Heights), to Kernville. As you drive into Kernville, you’ll see the River and the slalom race course on your right. Turn right to parking at Riverside Park or continue on the main road to the center of town. 

From Eastern locations (east of Lake Isabella)

From Hwy 14 or U.S. 395 drive west on Hwy 178, Walker Pass Road. Continue west over Walker Pass, past Onyx and Weldon. About 1.5 to 2 miles beyond Weldon look for a right hand turn marked “Kernville.” The is Sierra Ave., which becomes Sierra Way. Shortly after leaving Hwy 178 you should cross the South Fork of the Kern River. This road works its way around Lake Isabella to Kernville.

If you miss the turn-off, when you reach the Lake Isabella area, get off at the "Lake Isabella/Kernville" offramp.  Exit right, then follow the same directions as if coming from Bakersfield. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from the turnoff at Hwy 14 to the race site.

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