Wind Wolves Preserve

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Wind Wolves Preserve is a loop trail located near Bakersfield, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking, mountain biking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Jenna Bagala (70)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Otis Allen (152)

4 Completed2 Reviews

I've been hiking here every weekend the past month or so. The gates tend to open up around 7am, even though the site says 8am. Drive straight in and look for the sign that says parking lot #6. This will take you to "The Crossing" area. There is a restroom at this point and at about every 1 mile or so up until the 3 mile marker along the "San Emigdio" trail for both the hiking trail and the MTB trail. "The Willows" rest area has a nice little shaded area for resting at benches, as well as restrooms and potable water refill.If you want scenery and a bit more change in footing, try the hiking path instead of the MTB path. It also hugs the mountains at times, so there is more opportunity for shade.

The MTB trail and the hiking trail for San Emigdio are very easy with very little elevation gain. One other choices are to take the express shuttle out to the deeper parts of the trail, if you want to explore further out. The shuttle runs throughout the day and at times starting at 8:30am posted on the official site. I'm headed out to try this one tomorrow. Additionally, you may choose to head from the parking lot straight up the "Mountain View Trailhead" which leads to the Thule Elk trail. The first .8 mile or so is pretty steep. There is a nice view of the valley as a reward though. You can follow this trail around about 4.5 miles to where it will meet up with the San Emigdio MTB trail (at about the 2.5 mile mark on that trail) and complete a loop back to the parking lot. If the Mountain View Trail ascent seems too steep for you, then you could follow the MTB San Emigdio trail out to about 2.5 miles (just past The Willows area) and then watch for the path to the West that is gated (white) to vehicles. This leads up to the Thule Elk trail and you can get to the Mountain Viewpoint more easily.

The official site will have events scheduled as well for night hikes, etc.

Mel A (131)

4 Completed2 Reviews

My solo six hour hike and worth every sweat.
Began at 9am @ The Crossing Picnic Area to the Mountain View Trail. Beautiful Views.. continued on to the Tule Elk Trail -3 miles, no shade.
Ending up at cross rd w Bike trail and continued to Reflection Pond Trail up a mountain..after viewing the dry pond and Elk. I headed back down and began the San Emigdio Canyon Trail. I SECT will be the perfect way to end your evening, try to avoid the Bike trail because you won't get much of an experience of trailing on. I ended my hike at 2:45pm: one back pack, snacks, (fruit and nuts) and 3 water bottles. I really enjoyed this hike.

Jeff Freesmann (78)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Took Mountain View trail just to west of canyon that turns into Tule Elk trail. Did this on Jan 17. It was excellent to climb out of fog and survey lower San Emigdio Canyon.

Denice Penilla (145)

2 Completed1 Reviews

First time visiting. Loved hiking to the Willows. Looking forward to our next hike. Kid friendly.

jose garcia (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I just whent last week!!! Beatiful place to hike,,,,,, there are 3-4 diferent level of hike same as distance,!
Recomend 100%

Vanessa Terry (363)

11 Completed11 Reviews

San Emigdio Canyon ~ Guided hike through Wind Wolves. Wind Wolves offers many different hiking trails and most of them are non-guided, go at your own pace. However, this guided hike through the San Emigdio Canyon is one I'd highly recommend to a moderate or better hiker. The first 6 miles are through the canyon proper where you crisscross the stream numerous times. Along the way the Wind Wolves Naturalist will show you an abandoned mine and an abandoned homestead, as well as many other interesting things. Once you finally reach the road back on the Wind Wolves Preserve, those final 5 miles are a cake walk, as you've already done battle with the sage, poison oak, creek, willow and many broom bushes.

Vonda Peralez (275)

8 Completed4 Reviews

I was really pleased with my choice this last weekend with Wind Wolves Preserve. This is a PRIVATE preserve. The rangers there were very friendly. I meet a group of friends there early Saturday morning. I was surprised how many people were there. The preserve is free and accepts donations. We choose the Canyon View Trail. It was a moderate/easy trail. We had to cross the running creek several times which was a lot of fun. We hiked five miles out then turned around just after Reflection Pond. Of course due to the drought, Reflection Pond was dry. We took the road/trail back which cut off two miles of our hike. This is an exposed trail with little to no trees. I wouldn't recommend this hike during the mid-day/afternoon with the Valley heat. It was a perfect weather day for us but later in the year it will be hot. Only downside was we didn't see any wildlife except the birds and some sheep. Overall a great place to go especially for families.

Joe Drullard (411)

10 Completed10 Reviews

This is a good hike, year round. You might see some elk if you are there at the right time. The name of the actual trail is San Emigdio Canyon Trail. I found their Park Rangers and Naturalists to be most friendly and helpful! If you go in the winter plan on seeing a lot of brown! Nonetheless it is a very esay hike. The only difficult part will be the approach up to Reflection Pond (which is currently dry).

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