Wildrose Trail


The Wildrose trail is roughly parallel to the Pacific Crest trail in the South Sierra Wilderness north of Kennedy Meaows Kennedy Meadows. The trail begins in a pinyon-juniper forest and continues north, eventually joins the Haiwee Pass trail at the South Fork of the Kern River. Water is scarce along the Wildrose Trail.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Wilderness Permits are optional in the South Sierra Wilderness, but are strongly recommended.
  • Permits are issued at Sequoia or Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Kernville, CA. or Ridgecrest, CA.
Restroom: Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From US 395, north of Ridgecrest, CA:

  • Travel west on Nine Mile Canyon Rd. to Kennedy Meadows.
  • At Kennedy Meadows continue north onto 21S08
  • In approximately one mile, turn right and follow the signs to the Wildrose Trail.


Low clearance vehicles and vehicles with trailers should park at the Kennedy Meadows Trailhead. The road to the Wildrose trailhead, from the paved road, is sandy, steeply gullied, has a small turn-around area and has no dedicated parking.

General Notes:

Proceed with caution when you walk, stop and camp in burned areas! Trees weakened by wildfire pose a serious risk for injury due to falling.



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  Area/Length : 
8.0 miles

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  Elevation : 
6,200 feet - 7,700 feet


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