138 miles with 16,600 feet of climbing
Son of Death Ride • Climbs
Son of Death Ride • Description
The Son of Death Ride crosses the Southern Sierra in both directions, passing through Sequoia National Forest and leading into the Mojave Desert.
The out-and-back course starts about 18 miles north of Kernville, near Johnsondale Bridge. The first 15 miles lead up Sherman Pass, at 9,200 feet the highest point. On the way to 9 Mile Canyon the route passes Blackrock Station and Kennedy Meadows. The turnaround point is Highway 395 in the Mojave Desert, at 3,000 feet also the lowest point.
Son of Death Ride • Interactive Map
Son of Death Ride • Pictures
Sherman Pass Road
View from Sherman Pass
9 Mile Canyon - Top
9 Mile Canyon - Bottom
9 Mile Canyon - View Up
Even though the official event was cancelled, some riders showed up in Kernville. From start to finish I rode with Jim M. from San Diego. Thanks to Beatrix S., Chelsea R., and Wade R. for providing support.
The difficulty of this ride depends a lot on the temperature during the ascent from the Mojave Desert, which in our case was up to 117 degrees. It was the hottest condition I had ever ridden in.
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Super Centuries
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