Hume Lake Ranger District

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
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Hume Lake Ranger District is the most northern portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and it is neighbors to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. This 195,606-acre district has elevations range from about 1,000 feet, along the Kings River to 11,000 feet, the peak of Mt Harrington and home to 13 Sequoia Groves and the majestic Kings Canyon.

The district also includes 2 wilderness areas, 18 developed campgrounds (including 4 groups sites), 2 rental cabins, developed day use areas, 113 miles of trails, 150 miles of Off-Highway- Vehicle trails, 25 groomed snow trails and much more.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather Information: The National Weather Service is a good resource for information about weather.
Operational Hours: At this time Virtual Services are available for the Hume Lake Ranger District, Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm by email at or phone at (559) 791-5758.
Reservations: Visit or call 877-444-6777 for reservations.
Information Center: At this time Virtual Services are available for the Hume Lake Ranger District, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by email at or phone at 559-791-5758.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Hume Lake Ranger District

OHV Road Riding

The Hume Lake Ranger District offers approximately 20 miles of motorcycle trail, 25 miles of challenging 4-wheel drive routes that are also open for motorcycle and ATV use and an additional 100 + miles of high clearance dirt road, used by dune buggy's, motorcycles, four-wheel drives and ATV's, for a total of approximately 150 miles of designated OHV routes available for the average number of 3,500 OHV's per year on the District.

The District has several volunteer groups involved in the "Adopt-a-Trail" program and has occasional projects where volunteers are used. The volunteers provide an average of 100 to 200 hours of work per year. This work usually consists of removing fallen trees from the adopted OHV routes and picking up litter along the way.

The Millwood OHV area, with 25 miles of OHV routes, offers the largest variety of riding and four wheeling opportunities from relatively easy, to more challenging routes such as the Goodmill 4-wheel drive route or the Old Shay Rail Road motorcycle route. The Millwood OHV Staging Area offers parking, picnic tables, a restroom, and several dispersed campsites within the vicinity.

For the most challenging routes for the more experienced off-roaders, a quick trip from Millwood, up the Abbott Creek Road, provides an elevation gain to 7000' for cooler weather and access to Hoist Ridge or Park Ridge. Access to Park Ridge is also available from Cherry Gap, Hume Lake via the Christian Conference or from Bearskin Grove by riding up the very challenging Huckleberry Route.

For a day trip in the Big Meadow area, the Buck Rock Jeep Trail is an old favorite of many off-roaders. With its cooler climate at 8000' elevation and nearby trout filled Big Meadow Creek, there are abundant opportunities for camping, fishing or a visit to the Buck Rock Fire Lookout.

For families, the Sand Pit, off the Big Meadow road, provides an OHV play area next to a dispersed camping area. There is also OHV access to the Buck Rock Jeep Trail from this point by using the Cheater Trail.

The district also has many OHV routes that are scattered across the District and provide many opportunities for fishing, hunting, wood gathering, dispersed camping, or exploring.

Areas for OHV Road Riding at Hume Lake Ranger District

Other Activities

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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