Recreation

 

Welcome to one of the most beautiful National Forests for recreation activities. The Sequoia National Forest is sure to provide a wonderful recreational experience.

Finding a Recreation Area or Activity

On our website, recreation opportunities are organized by districts or activity type. Note the area on our forest you'd like to stay or explore, under the right column heading 'Areas & Activities', 'Find an Area' select the district that covers that area, then view/select the available recreation activities. Or, choose an activity under the Recreation heading on the left side of the webpage and see where on the forest it is offered. Either way, we're sure you'll find exceptional recreation opportunities on the The Sequoia National Forest.

Select the district you plan to visit:

You can learn more by viewing our Recreation Opportunity Guides as well.

Leave No Trace

Remember to "Leave No Trace" when visiting the Forest so everyone can enjoy its scenic beauty for years to come!

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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.
Alder Creek Dispersed Camping 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.
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 Mtn Lookout Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bald Mtn 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Beach Ridge OHV Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bear Trap Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Beck Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Big Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bitter Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Black Gulch 4wd Trail Open 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Mountain Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Station Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Trailhead Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Blackrock Visitor Center Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Boole Tree Closed to Visitor The FS Road (13S55) to the Boole tree is closed. Please do not park at the closed gate and hike towards the tree. Your presence will slow and interfere with the process of tree operations.
Borderline 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Boulder Gulch Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bradshaw 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Breckenridge Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Breckenridge Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bright Star Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Brown Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Brown's Mill 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Brush Creek Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Bull Run Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Burton Mill 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cabin Spur Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Calkins Flat Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Camp 3 Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Camp 9 Lakeside Group Campgrounds Open to Visitor Located on the Kern River Ranger District at Lake Isabella. For recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground Open to Visitor Located on the Kern River Ranger District at Lake Isabella. For recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Campground Connector Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cane Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cannell Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Casa Vieja Trail Open 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 760-376-3781.
Cedar Cyn Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Chamise Flat Dispersed Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Chico Flat Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Clicks Creek Cutoff Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Clicks Creek Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Cold Springs Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cook's Peak 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Corral Creek Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 760-376-3781.
Coy Flat Campground Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Cyrus Canyon OHV Park Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Cyrus Canyon Shooting Range    For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781..
Dark Cyn Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Deadwood Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Deer Mtn. Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 760-376-3781.
Democrat (accessible) Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Democrat Raft Take-out Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Domeland Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Dry Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Durrwood Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Dutch Flat Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Evans Flat Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Fairview Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Fish Creek Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Fish Creek Trail (KR) Open 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 760-376-3781.
Forest Highway 90 Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Forks Of The Kern Trailhead Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Freeman Creek Grove Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Freeman Creek Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
French Gulch Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Goldledge Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Golf Meadow 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Granite/broder Cutoff Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Granite/broder Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Greenhorn Summit Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Grouse Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Grouse Valley Cabin Complex Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Haiwee Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Halfway Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hanning Flat Dispersed Area Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Headquarters Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hobo Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hobo Fishing Trail Open 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 760-376-3781.
Holey Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Hooker Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Horse Meadow Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Horton Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hospital Flat Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Hume Lake Open to Visitor For Hume Lake Ranger District recreation information, please call 559-338-2251.
Hume Lake Ranger District Open to Visitor The Hume Lake Ranger District currently has multiple area and road closures in effect. For updates on these closures please call the Hume Lake Ranger District Office during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm). (559) 338-2251
Hungry Gulch Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Isabella Peak Lookout Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Jackass Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Jackass Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Jacobson Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Jennie Lakes Wilderness Open to Visitor Hume Lake Ranger District
Jerkey Trailhead Open 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 760-376-3781.
Jordan Hot Springs Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Jordan Lookout Trail Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Just Outstanding Trail (Potato Patch) Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 760-376-3781.
Kern River Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Kern River Trail to Democrat Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 For Hume Lake Ranger District recreation information, please call 559-338-2251.
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 Open to Visitor New Lake Isabella Office now open for visitors at 7158 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella next to the Kern County buildings.
Lander's Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Launch 19 Boating Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Leavis Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-round; Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Lewis Camp Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Lewis Camp Trailhead Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Liebel Peak Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Limestone Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lion Meadow Trail (KR) Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Little Cannell Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Little Dry Meadow Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Little Horse Mdw Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Little Manter Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Live Oak Group Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Live Oak North Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Live Oak Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Live Oak South Campground Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lloyd Meadow Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Lloyd Meadow Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Long Canyon Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Long Meadow Trail Open to Visitor
Lookout Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Lost Meadow Trail Closed to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781..
Lower Peppermint Campground Open to Visitor Weather dependent- Western Divide Ranger District
Lower Richbar Picnic Site Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 760-376-3781.
Manter Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Manter North Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Mayflower 4wd Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
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 Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Needles Lookout Trail Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
North Meadow 4x4 Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
North Meadow Trail Open 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Old Goldledge Dispersed Camping 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Paradise Cove Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Parker Pass Kiosk Info Site/fee Station Open 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 Open 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.
Powerhouse Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Quaking Aspen Cabin Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Quaking Aspen Campground Open to Visitor Western Divide Ranger District
Quaking Aspen Group Campground Open to Visitor Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District
Rattlesnake Creek Trail Open 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 Open 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 Flat Campground Open 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Sherman Pass 4x4 Jeep Trail Open 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Shirley Meadows Closed to Visitor 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 Loop 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.
Sunday Peak Trail Closed 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 Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #1 Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #2 Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #3 Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek #4 Group Campground Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Tillie Creek Campground Open 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 Trail (Long Meadow Grove) Open to Visitor Weather dependent
Trail Of 100 Giants Trailhead Open to Visitor Weather dependent
Trout Creek Trail Open to Visitor For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Troy Meadow Campground Open 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..
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 Open to Visitor Year Around-Western Divide Ranger District
Wishon Campground Open to Visitor Year Around-Western Divide Ranger District
Wishon Trail Open 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 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.

Spotlights

Big Meadow Campground

Located at an elevation of 7,600 feet, there are 30 single units and 8 double units. The roads and spurs have recently been improved. A camp host will be available in site # 7 (in Unit 1) to help you find a site and address any other concerns you may have. All sites include the following amenities: picnic tables, bear-resistant food lockers and campfire ring. For those trail-riding enthusiasts, there are many hiking, off-road vehicle and horse-riding trails in the vicinity, as well as a Pack Station to guide you to Jenny Lakes and into the wilderness areas above Big Meadows.

Trail Of 100 Giants Trailhead

To Be Updated

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:

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.

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: