Recreation

 

 

Sequoia National Forest Day Use opportunities available, SQF Complex Closure Order Extended

For the health and welfare of our Forest visitors and staff, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson announces Forest Orders No. 0513-21-06 and 0513-21-08 prohibiting overnight camping at Day Use areas on public lands managed by the Forest. In addition the the SQF Complex Closure Order has been extended.

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Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alaska Flat Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Albanita Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Ant Canyon Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Aspen Hollow Group Campground Open to Visitor
Auxiliary Dam Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Badger Gap Trail Open to Visitor Intermediate riders! For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bald Mountain Lookout Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bald Mountain Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bartolas Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Beach Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Beach Ridge OHV Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bear Trap Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Beck Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Big Meadow Cabin Closed to Visitor Cabin closed for winter 2019.
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor
Big Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Big Meadow Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bitter Creek Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Black Gulch 4wd Trail Closed to Visitor 4 wheel drive is required for this road. For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Black Gulch South Dispersed Camping Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Mountain Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Station Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Trailhead Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Visitor Center Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Boole Tree Open to Visitor The Boole Tree road is not recommended for low clearance vehiles. 
Boole Tree Trailhead Open to Visitor The Boole Tree road is not recommended for low clearance vehicles. 
Borderline 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Boulder Gulch Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Boyden Cavern Open to Visitor
Bradshaw 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Breckenridge Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Breckenridge Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Brown's Mill 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Brush Creek Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Buck Rock Campground Open to Visitor
Buck Rock Lookout Closed to Visitor
Bull Run Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Burton Mill Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cabin Spur Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Calkins Flat Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Camp 3 Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Camp 4 1/2 Cabin Closed to Visitor
Camp 4 Campground Open to Visitor
Camp 9 Lakeside Group Campgrounds Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Campground Connector Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cane Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cannell Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Casa Vieja Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cedar Creek Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cedar Cyn Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cedarbrook Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Chamise Flat Dispersed Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cherry Gap OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Chico Flat Dispersed Camping Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Clicks Creek Cutoff Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Clicks Creek Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Cold Springs Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Converse Basin Grove Open to Visitor
Cook's Peak 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Corral Creek Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Corral Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Coso Mine Loop Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cove Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Coy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Cyrus Canyon OHV Park Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Cyrus Canyon Shooting Range Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781..
Dark Canyon Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Deadwood Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Deer Cove Trailhead Open to Visitor
Deer Mountain Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Delonegha 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Delonegha River Access Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Democrat (accessible) Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Democrat Raft Take-out Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Domeland Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Dry Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Durrwood Creek Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Dutch Flat Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Eshom Point OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Evans Flat Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Fairview Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Fish Creek Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Fish Creek Trail (KR) Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Flynn Canyon Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Forest Highway 90 Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Forks Of The Kern Trailhead Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Freeman Creek Grove Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Freeman Creek Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
French Gulch Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Frog Meadow Recreation Rental Cabin Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Generals Highway Open to Visitor For Hume Lake Ranger District recreation information, please call 559-338-2251.
Golden Trout Wilderness Closed to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Goldledge Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Golf Meadow 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Granite/broder Cutoff Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Granite/broder Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Greenhorn Summit Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Grizzly Falls Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Grouse Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Grouse Valley Cabin Complex Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Haiwee Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Halfway Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Hanning Flat Dispersed Area Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Headquarters Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Hobo Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Hobo Fishing Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hogeye Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Holey Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Hooker Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Horse Meadow Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Horton Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Hospital Flat Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Hume Lake Open to Visitor For Hume Lake Ranger District recreation information, please call 559-338-2251.
Hume Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Hume Lake Ranger District Open to Visitor Weather Information: The National Weather Service is a good resource for information about weather.
Hungry Gulch Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Isabella Peak Lookout Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Jackass Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Jackass Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Jacobson Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Jennie Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor
Jerkey Trailhead Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Johnsondale Bridge River Access Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Jordan Hot Springs Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Jordan Lookout Trail Closed to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Just Outstanding Trail (Potato Patch) Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Kern Canyon Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Kern River Ranger District Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call (760) 549-9533 or check the National Weather Service for extended forecasts.
Kern River Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Kern River Trail to Democrat Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Kern Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway Open to Visitor
Kings Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor For Hume Lake Ranger District recreation information, please call 559-338-2251.
Kissack Cove Day Use Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lake Isabella Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lake Isabella Visitor Center Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Lander's Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Launch 19 Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Leavis Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-round; Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Lewis Camp Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Lewis Camp Trailhead Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Liebel Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Limestone Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Lion Meadow Trail (KR) Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Little Cannell Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Little Dry Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Little Horse Mdw Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Little Manter Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Live Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Live Oak North Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Live Oak Picnic Site Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Live Oak South Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lloyd Meadow Closed to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Lloyd Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Long Canyon Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Long Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor
Lookout Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Lost Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781..
Lower Peppermint Campground Closed to Visitor Weather dependent- Western Divide Ranger District
Lower Richbar Picnic Site Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Lower and Upper Coffee Camp Day Use Areas Open to Visitor Lower Coffee Camp: Open year round. Upper Coffee Camp: Used as an overflow
Mahogany Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Manter Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Manter North Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Marvin Pass Trailhead Open to Visitor
Mayflower 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-549-9533
Mill Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Miracle Hot Springs Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Monache Jeep Road Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Monarch Wilderness Open to Visitor Hume Lake Ranger District
Mountain Home Guard Station Recreation Rental Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Needles Creek-needles Camp Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Needles Lookout Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
North Meadow 4x4 Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
North Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
OSV Bald Mtn Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
OSV Corral Loop Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
OSV Corral Meadow/Bonita Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
OSV Mosquito Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
OSV Sherman Pass Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Oak Flat Lookout Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Oak Flat Lookout/cabin Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Old Goldledge Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Old Isabella Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Pacific Crest Trail Section 1 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Pacific Crest Trail from Kennedy Meadows Trailhead Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Pack Station Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Packsaddle Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Paloma Mdw Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Paradise Cove Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Parker Pass Kiosk Info Site/fee Station Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Patch Corner Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Pine Flat Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Pioneer Point Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Piute Mountains Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Portuguese Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Potato Patch Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Powder Can Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Powerhouse Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Quaking Aspen Cabin Closed to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Quaking Aspen Campground Closed to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Quaking Aspen Group Campground Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Rattlesnake Creek Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Remington Ridge Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Rincon Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
River Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Riverkern Beach Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Roads End Picnic Area Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Salmon Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sandy Cove Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Sandy Flat Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sandy Flat Put-in/take-out Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Scodie Mountains Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Scodie Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Pass 4x4 Extension Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Pass 4x4 Jeep Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Pass Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Pass Vista Observation Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Peak Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Shirley Meadows (Alta Sierra)    For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sirretta Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Smith Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sorrell Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
South Fork Rec Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
South Manter Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
South Sierra Wilderness Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Split Mountain Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Springhill Dispersed Area Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Stark Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Stine Cove Fishing Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Stony Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Sunday Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Telephone Ridge Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Thunderbird Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #1 Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #2 Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #3 Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #4 Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek Launch Ramp Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tobias Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Trail Of 100 Giants Open to Visitor Weather dependent
Trail Of 100 Giants Trail (Long Meadow Grove) Open to Visitor Weather dependent
Trout Creek Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Troy Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
True Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tule River Canyon Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Unal Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Upper Dry Lake Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Upper Peppermint Dispersed Area Open to Visitor
Upper Richbar Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781..
Upper Stony Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
West Side Plateau Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Whiskey Flat Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
White River Campground Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Willow Gulch Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Wishon Cabin Closed to Visitor Year Around-Western Divide Ranger District
Wishon Campground Open to Visitor Year Around-Western Divide Ranger District
Wishon Trail Closed to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Wofford Heights Park Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Woodpecker Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Woodward OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Woodward Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Woolstalf Mdw 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Woolstalf Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Yucca Point Trailhead Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Jennie Lakes Wilderness

Jennie Lake Wilderness sign

The 10,500-acre Jennie Lakes Wilderness is a lovely mixture of lakes, meadows, forests, and streams. Mostly above 7,000 feet in elevation, this wilderness contains scenic variations of alpine and sub-alpine forest of White & Red Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Western White Pine, Jeffrey & Ponderosa Pine, with an abundance of wildflowers in the Spring and Summer. The summit of Mitchell Peak is the highest point at 10,365 feet. Four trailheads access 26 miles of trails within the wilderness. Several of these trails also connect to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park's enormous backcountry.

For current Jennie Lakes trail conditions, click here.

There are four trailheads into Jennie Lakes Wilderness:

Big Meadow Campground

This campground, at an elevation of 7,500 feet, is located near vast meadows and high granite mountains. There are 30 single units and 8 double units.

Natural Features: An open meadow that is surrounded by a variety of pines, including lodgepole, Jeffery and red fir. A creek runs through the meadow. A trailhead nearby leads into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness. Buck Rock Lookout, perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet, is a short drive away. Hume Lake is approximately 15 miles from the campground.

Recreation: Hiking into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness and fly fishing in Big Meadows Creek are popular options. Horseback riders have access to the nearby Horse Corral Pack Station. Numerous trailheads provide access to popular wilderness areas including Jennie Lakes, Monarch and National Park wilderness destinations. Guests looking for water activities can visit Hume Lake, only 15 miles away.

Features: Every unit in the campground are provided with a vault toilet and information board. Each Campsite will have a table, and metal fire ring and a food storage box. A camp host will be available in site # 7 (in Unit 1) to help you find your site and address any other concerns you may have.

Boyden Cavern

Boyden Cavern was discovered by a survey crew in the 1800s.

Boyden Cavern is located in Kings Canyon, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and lies beneath the massive 2,000 foot high marble walls of the famous Kings Gates. The cavern features stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, pendants and shields, and even a cave bear (formation). Visitors are delighted to find that the magnificent Giant Sequoias are complimented by the natural beauty of the underground cavern.  This popular 50-minute tour is suitable for all age groups, from kids to senior citizens.  

Although Boyden is located in the Sequoia National Forest, visitors must pass through Kings Canyon National Park to access the cave. The Park entrance is located near Grant Grove on Hwy 180 and Lodgepole on Hwy 198.

 

Trail Of 100 Giants

Trail of 100 Giants offers an easy, accessible walk through the Long Meadow Grove, one of the premier groves of giant sequoias in our area. Along the trail, you'll see impressively large giant sequoia trees, estimated up to 1,500 years old. A 1.3 mile paved trail has several loop options with interpretive signs for some of the highlights. Located on the Western Divide Highway (M 107), facilities include a paved parking area, restrooms, picnic area and Redwood Meadow Campground nearby. A $10.00 per vehicle fee is charged to help maintain and improve these facilities. The roads leading to the Trail are typically closed by snow during the winter months. (November thru April)

On April 15, 2000, President William J. Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and made his announcement beneath one of the giant trees at the Trail of 100 Giants.  The grove contains approximately 125 giant sequoias greater than 10 feet in diameter and more than 700 giant sequoias less than 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. The grove defined by the outermost giant sequoia trees covers 341 acres. It is estimated that the ages of larger giant sequoia trees in the grove are up to 1,500 years old.

A notable site along the Trail is where two giant sequoias fell on Friday September 30, 2011. The two trees had grown together at the base, appearing as one for approximately the first 30 feet. Then, during the winter 2018-2019 another large tree fell across these trees, damaging the newly constructed boardwalk. Forest tree specialists visited the site after both occurred and found no evidence of insects or disease contributing to the fall of the giant sequoias. Streams run alongside where the giant sequoias once stood, with the wet winters of 2010/11, and again in 2018/19 the ground was likely saturated and simply gave way to the weight of the trees. 

This trail is ONLY accessible by road during the summer months, weather depending, due to annual closures by Tulare County. The trail is located on Western Divide Highway (107) across the road from Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants parking area.  The trail is about an hours drive (45 miles) northwest of Kernville, a 90 minute drive (41 miles) southeast of Springville, and a 30-minute drive (15 miles) northeast of California Hot Springs.

 

Freeman Creek Grove

Handouts: Freeman Creek Grove - President George H.W. Bush Tree (PDF - 228k)

Bush Tree Loop TrailFreeman Creek Grove (4,192 acres), also known as Lloyd Meadow Grove, is the largest unlogged grove outside of a National Park. This grove is the easternmost grove of giant sequoias and is considered to be among the most recently established. The sequoias are mainly south of Freeman Creek with approximately 800 large trees (10 feet in diameter or more). There are several large sequoias to see in this grove. Foremost among these is the President George H.W. Bush Tree. President Bush delivered his presidential proclamation in 1992, setting aside giant sequoia groves on National Forest System lands for protection, preservation and restoration while standing beside a large giant sequoia at the bottom of the grove. You can visit the President George H.W. Bush Tree by taking Forest Road 20S78 east to the trailhead.

 

 

This is the eastern-most grove of Sequoias. There are a couple of trees with 20-foot diameters, more than 100 trees with 15-foot diameters, and over 800 with 10-foot diameters. Note that the trees are almost all very young - perhaps less than 1,000 years old - and there are no fallen giants. Also there are many immature trees around -they are the ones with the feathery, pointy tops which look like inverted icicles. These are the signs of young giant sequoias - unlike the groves in the north.

The Freeman Creek Trail parallels the creek for a while and then veers to the north to cross a ridge where it commences to switch back down a ravine which is forested with sugar pine and black oaks. When the trail levels out you are again creek-side in the grove and there are several campsites about. Proceeding further down the trail reveals even more campsites.

Unless you have had the time and foresight to position a shuttle on the paved, yellow lined road at Lloyd Meadows (a 35 mile, one way, return trip by road), you should retrace from here. Beyond the campsites the trail is almost level on in to Pyles Camp at Lloyd Meadows.

Mountain bikes are still allowed on all the designated trails in the monument so while this is a short trail (around four miles one direction) it is worth it to go riding amongst these truly unique giants.

How to Get There: It is fairly easy to get to by car throughout the summer by dirt or paved road. You can reach Freeman Creek Grove only by round about routes. To reach the grove by paved road, you must travel from the south end. From the San Joaquin Valley Highway 99 take County Route SM56 east about 20 miles to California Hot Springs. At California Hot Springs, turn north on to SM50 (Parker Pass Road) continuing about 7.5 miles to Johnsondale. From the Kern Valley, take County Route SM99 (Mountain 99) northwest about 20 miles to Johnsondale. At Johnsondale is the junction with Forest Road 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road). Take FR22S82 right about 16 miles to the eastern end of Freeman Creek Grove. You'll have passed signs for Pyles Camp about 1 mile before the grove.

Another route from the San Joaquin Valley Highway 99 is on State Highway 190. Take Highway 190 east about 15 miles until the junction with Western Divide Highway (County Route SM107). Quaking Aspen Campground (GPS NAD 83: 36.12083, -118.54722), and the trailhead for FT 33E20 are also at this junction.

Monarch Wilderness

The Monarch Wilderness, shared with Sierra National Forest, is split into two areas by the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Beautiful and dramatic, this wilderness rises from 2,000 feet in elevation at the South Fork of the Kings River to over 11,000 feet. The vegetation ranges from chaparral to sub-alpine, with Giant Sequoia groves dominating the southern sections of the area. Numerous mountain meadows, lakes, creeks, and spectacular geological formations add to the beauty. Three trailheads access over 30 miles of trails within the Monarch. In the northern section of the wilderness, several of these trails also lead you into Kings Canyon National Park's spectacular backcountry.

There are three trailheads into the Monarch Wilderness:

See Forest Order 0513 -20-28: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd779186.pdf  Forest Order Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd779213.pdf

 

Wilderness Blogs you may want to visit!

Monarchhttps://monarchwilderness.wordpress.com/

JLW https://jennielakeswilderness.wordpress.com/

 

Belknap Grove

Handout: Belknap Complex (PDF - 224k)
               Belknap Campground (PDF - 451k)

Belknap GroveBelknap is a complex formed from the large sprawling McIntyre Grove, Wheel Meadow Grove and the smaller, compact Carr Wilson, or Bear Creek Grove. Beautiful trails through old-growth sequoias meander along Bear Creek and the Tule River. This grove is fairly easy to get to by driving paved roads in your car. You can visit this grove year round, but there may be snow and ice on the roads in winter so bring your tire chains. The grove is about 4,666 acres. There are several trails through this grove, including Forest Trail 31E30 and 31E31. Forest Trail 31E30 goes through the heart of the grove along the river and can be started at Belknap or Quaking Aspen campgrounds. You can stop and fish the Tule River along this trail.

Nearby Campgrounds: Belknap (GPS NAD 83: 36.14167, -118.59972), Coy Flat (GPS NAD 83: 36.12917, -118.61806), Quaking Aspen (GPS NAD 83: 36.12083, -118.54722)

Season: April through November
Distance: 1.5 miles to the junction
Elevation: Trail head - 5,000 feet
Bear Ridge Junction - 6,000 feet
Gain - 1,000 feet
Difficulty (hiking): Up, Difficult - 2 hours
Down, Moderate - 3/4 hour
Facilities: Campground, restrooms, water


Trail Description: The Belknap trail (31E23) trail starts in the McIntyre summer home tract from Belknap Campground. The trailhead is alongside the remains of an abandoned fence. It goes up several switchbacks at slopes in excess of 30% and passes one vista point with a view of Camp Nelson to the west.

After slightly less than a mile the trail and the terrain levels off. You are now in the lower half of the Belknap Camp Grove of sequoias. There are several recent (1983) giant windfalls here and the gentle slopes of the area make it a fine picnic spot. Two of the giants are almost at right angles to one another and a spring is located within their embrace, perhaps 150 feet from the corner intersection. Out of the bark of these fallen goliaths, which make wonderful scenic rest stops, sprout many young firs, pines and even sequoias.

Should you loose the trail, proceed up-slope to the top of the ridge (about 1/2 mile, but it will seem like 5 or 10) where you will meet the fairly well maintained COY FLAT - BEAR RIDGE TRAIL (31E31).

If you are still on the trail you will come to a "Y" where you can take the left trail on up to the upper half of the Sequoia grove, where you will pass several really large trees. The right branch will take you to Coy Flat.

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