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Big Meadow Trailhead This area is Open Click for more information

The trailhead offers the opportunity for overnight backpacking. From here one can easily access anywhere in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness. Some of the most common destinations are Weaver Lake, Jennie Lake and Rowell Meadow, and on into Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.

To Weaver Lake: at about 3.5 miles one-way, this is one of the easiest and most popular hikes in the JLW. The trail winds through Lodgepole Pines near the trailhead and then into Red and White Firs and Ponderosa Pines as you pass a nice view into Kings Canyon; after a short descent past the junction with Fox Meadow it slowly climbs again as you get closer to the lake. A few minutes later, pay attention at the next junction between this trail and the Jennie Lake Trail heading south, and make sure to follow the path east to Weaver Lake. The trail sign at this junction was recently stolen so pay attention! (Currently there is a only laminated paper sign directing you to the lakes.)

Once up at the lake, please camp only in established campsites and do not build any new fire rings. There are 15 sites with fire rings located all around the lake, most on the north and west sides (check for fire restrictions before heading out!) Please do not camp on the east side of the lake and stay at least 100’ off of the lakeshore. Trout fishing is generally very good at the lake.

Past Weaver Lake, you can continue about four up and down miles along the Weaver Trail towards Rowell Meadow and the JO Pass Trail junction. The trail sign here was also recently stolen, so pay attention to the trail!

To Jennie Lake: beginning the same as the hike up to Weaver Lake, this very popular trail turns south/southeast at the junction with the Weaver Lake Trail. It is about 6.5 miles to Jennie Lake cutting slowly around Shell Mountain and then up and down either side of Poop Out Pass. It is a bit of a climb up to the pass but once there it flattens out for a bit, before descending on the other side. A final small ascent and descent past an excellent view into the northern section of the JLW and Kings Canyon means you're very close to the lake.

There are primarily Lodgepole Pines and White and Red Fir trees along the trail, with some Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines on the way, as well as Mountain Pines higher up by the lake. There are some rock and water bar issues coming up and down either side of Poop Out Pass with some rocky wash out on small sections of the trail, but in general the tread and most of the water bars are also in very good condition.

Once up at the lake, please camp only in established campsites and do not build any new fire rings. There are 19 sites with fire rings located all around the lake, most on the north and west sides (check for fire restrictions before heading out!) Please camp at least 100’ off of the lakeshore. Trout fishing is also generally very good at the lake.

Past Jennie Lake, you can continue for about a mile east up to JO Pass and the boundary with Sequoia National Park.

Blackrock Trailhead  
Bull Run Trail  
Cannell Meadow Trail  
Dark Canyon Trail  
Deadwood Trail  
Deer Cove Trailhead Click for more information


The Deer Cove Trail has not had much maintenance in several years and is in need of extensive trailwork. Due to recent fires, dozens of trees are still down and there are areas where the original trail is lost and has become several user-created horse and cattle trails. There are a lot of tread, water bar and overgrowth issues all along the trail, and the hike includes a big elevation gain. As such, it can be a very difficult hike to arrive at both Wildman Meadow and especially Grizzly Lakes.

However, for more experienced and strong hikers, Grizzly Lakes is a great spot for isolation and some beautiful Kings Canyon views. Mount Harrington, the highest point in either wilderness at over 11,000 feet, lies just to the west of Grizzly Lakes. The trail is very steep for about 3 miles as you head past Deer Cove Creek (a good water source, fill up!), before flattening out for the mile-long section that crosses the junction leading down to Choke Creek. Look for the trail sign, but don’t expect to get past the creek - the trail here has not been maintained in years. Another mile-long steep, climb up a rocky face leads you to Deer Cove Saddle before dropping smoothly down to Wildman Meadow.

Wildman Meadow has been heavily impacted by an old hunter’s camp. There are structures and old garbage all around the meadow, and we do not recommend camping here as there is also no reliable water source at the meadow. However, just past Wildman Meadow, at the junction with the new trail sign, you can go about ¼ mile west towards Happy Gap to find a good water source (East Fork Creek) and camping spot. Past the creek, the Happy Gap Trail is also unmaintained and quickly becomes covered by downed trees, thick overgrown whitethorn and brush. Recent fires have all but destroyed this trail. We do not recommend venturing further on towards Happy Gap.

Following the trail north after the Wildman Meadow junction, you start to hike right along the boundary with the National Park, and about a ¼ mile up there is another trail junction that leads east into Kings Canyon NP with a good trail sign (“Frypan Meadow”). Continue north another ½ mile until you reach a very clearly marked junction with two trail signs and a Monarch Wilderness boundary sign half-eaten by a black bear a few years ago (if you want to see a bear, this area is also a good bet). At this junction, the trail up to Grizzly Lakes becomes very difficult and you will need to pay close attention to the path and your surroundings. It climbs very steeply about 2.5 miles towards the lakes and there are numerous trees down and substantial tread and water bar issues. It is not a trail for inexperienced hikers! The path becomes very difficult to follow. Please proceed with caution. After climbing a final ridge and winding over to the west you will see Upper Grizzly Lake below you. You can camp at several old established campsites between both of the lakes. Please do not build any new fire rings, and camp 100-200’ off of the lakes.

Similar to the Kennedy Meadow hike further south, you will also have the chance to study a lot of different trees from the Deer Cove TH up to Grizzly Lakes. Climbing out of heat of Kings Canyon, you will pass Black and Live Oak, Quaking Aspen, Incense Cedar, Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pine, Red and White Fir, and Sugar Pine, as well as numerous wildflowers in the Summer. This is a very challenging, but very rewarding hike.

Deer Meadow Trailhead Click for more information

NOTE: This area was seriously affected by the 2015 Rough Fire. Due to safety concerns, the Monarch Wilderness will be closed to the public until further notice.

Also a victim of the Sheep Fire several years ago, the higher sections of this trail past the ridge above Deer Meadow itself are basically gone and in need of a lot of maintenance. The old loop connecting to Boulder Creek and the Kanawyer Trail is very difficult to navigate. Most of the trail signs past the wilderness boundary were burned up and/or destroyed by the fire (and there was additional damage during the Rough Fire). However, from 2013-15 some trail work has been done along the first section the trail and so this area is in much better condition. The 2+ mile climb up to the ridge does gain some altitude but is not exceptionally difficult and is a very good day hike or an easy overnight trip. The views from this ridge, looking west and north into Kings Canyon, are excellent. On the way up look for Deer Meadow and the remains of the old cabin. There are also some great views into the heart of the Jennie Lakes Wilderness to the south from the rocky section of the trail.

Once you pass the campsite overlooking Kings Canyon (heading north), near the Monarch Wilderness boundary (the sign is pretty chewed up, but recently was put back up) the trail basically disappears and is not easy to find or follow. There are also fire fighting lines from the fires, which add more confusion. Further along, at the trail junction that splits west down to Boulder Creek and northeast down into Kings Canyon, both trails are all but gone, particularly the old trail that used to head north down into the canyon. We recommend that you not venture too far past the campsite at the ridge. Also, there is no reliable water source in this area, so make sure you pack plenty of water, particularly if you are planning to stay overnight on the ridge.

The more adventurous hikers can look for the small and remote Deer Meadow and Agnew Groves of Giant Sequoias in this area.

Domeland Trail  
Hooker Trail  
Hume Lake Ranger District
Jennie Lakes Wilderness This area is Open Click for more information

Please check the individual trailhead pages for detailed information on overnight backpacking.

Jordan Hot Springs Trail
Kennedy Meadows Trailhead Click for more information

NOTE: This area was severely impacted by the 2015 Rough Fire. Sections of the trail are entirely burnt up. Due to safety concerns, the Monarch Wilderness will be closed to the public until further notice.

Overview (from 2014):
Recently almost impassable due to downed trees and overgrowth, the past two seasons have seen extensive trail work in this area. It has been cleared of numerous downed trees, and extensive brushing and tread work has also taken place since 2013. A very short ascent from the trailhead will take you past excellent views south and east into the heart of the northernmost section of Sequoia National Forest. After a quick mile or so you drop into the Evans Grove of Giant Sequoias. Continuing on about a ½ mile you will pass two old signposts (signs long gone) at junctions that lead west into the heart of Evans Grove. Immediately after the second one, you will arrive at the new Monarch Wilderness boundary sign. Beyond the boundary a very sharp descent begins that takes you straight down the canyon to Boulder Creek. See if you can spot several other Giant Sequoia Groves (Agnew, Deer Meadow, Kennedy) east and south across the valley. The total hike is a short 3.5 miles in distance, but very strenuous particularly when climbing out of the canyon with a full pack - it’s over a 2,500 foot elevation change in about a mile. A couple of campsites (far too) close to the creek offer the only flat ground for overnight camping. Please be very conscientous about the Leave No Trace ethics being this close to water.

This difficult hike, however, is a botanist’s delight because with the drop into the canyon, you will pass through almost every Sierra altitude range after leaving the trailhead at Kennedy Meadow. It is also the only hike in the Monarch or Jennie Lakes Wilderness where you pass directly through a Sequoia Grove. Enjoy White and Red Firs, Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines, Sugar Pines, Incense Cedars, and Grandpa Sequoia along the higher elevations. Follow the marking on either of the two signposts you pass in Evans Grove and head west into the heart of the grove for an excellent day hike among the Giants. As you descend into the canyon you will pass Black and Live Oak, the rare Single Leaf Pinyon Pine, Mountain Mahogany, Yucca, and Quaking Aspen. In the heart of Summer, abundant wildflowers also blossom in the canyon. The hike will be further rewarded when you arrive at the always flowing Boulder Creek, one of the best water sources and swimming areas in either of our Wildernesses. Fill up your water here!

Some tread and water bar issues remain on the steep slopes of the trail and it can be quite exhausting. Bring plenty of water and pace yourself as you descend and ascend. But the trail is now much more easily passable and you are generally assured of complete solitude (minus an occasional black bear!)

Note: after the creek and the old washed out bridge (going east up towards the Deer Meadow Trail) the trail basically disappears due to the Sheep Fire several years ago and is not passable. We recommend that you do not venture far past the creek. There was also additional damage in this area from the Rough Fire.

Kern River Ranger District  
Marvin Pass Trailhead This area is Open Click for more information

From the trailhead, the hike begins with a slow, steady climb of about a mile up through Red and White Fir trees up to the trail junction at Marvin Pass, where you can head south towards Rowell Meadow and the Seville Lake Trail, or continue east on the Kanawyer Gap Trail towards Mitchell Peak and the National Park boundary. The trail sign at the junction was recently stolen, so please pay attention to your map and the trail so you head the proper direction. Heading east, look for the new trail sign directing you up to Mitchell Peak, at 10,365 feet the highest vista point in the JLW, and a good stop coming into or out of the backcountry. After that junction, the Kanawyer Gap Trail goes a short ½ mile or so into Kings Canyon NP, heading down towards Roaring River. From this area, there are numerous options to head into both the National Forest and National Park backcountry.

In 2015 the trails were cleared of all downed trees and are in good condition, with only minor water bar work needed. Note that stock use has created a few user trails in near Marvin Pass and over towards Rowell Meadow - please stay on the original trail! These trails receive a lot of stock use heading in and out of the Park and there is a High Sierra camp nearby, so you can expect to run into day hikers and horses on this trail. Note that the road sign directing you up the dirt road to the trailhead from Big Meadow Road was also stolen – look for a small ‘hiking’ sign on Big Meadows Road pointing to the turn off to your right (south). The dirt road to the trailhead is fairly well maintained and most cars will easily make it.

Pacific Crest Trail Section 1  
Pacific Crest Trail from Kennedy Meadows Trailhead  
Rattlesnake Creek Trail  
Rincon Trail  
River Trail  
Rowell Meadow Trailhead This area is Open Click for more information

From the trailhead it is about 2.5 miles up to Rowell Meadow area and numerous routes into the backcountry. On the way in, please drive slowly as you pass the Horse Corral station; the trailhead is about 2 miles up a decent dirt road. Once on the trail there is a ½ mile ascent up a rocky section to the Jennie Lakes Wilderness boundary sign, and this provides some excellent views west and south into the heart of the wilderness. From the wilderness boundary, the trail flattens out most of the way up to Rowell Meadow and is a smooth hike. Just before the meadow, watch for the new trail sign at the junction that directs you south towards the Weaver Lake Trail junction, where you can cut west over to Weaver Lake, and on to JO Pass, where you can access Jennie Lake. The old snow survey cabin is just east beyond the trail junction. If camping near the meadow, look for one of the three established campsites near the wooden bridge and please do not build new fire rings.

The Rowell Trail itself winds through mostly White and Red Fir trees with a few Jeffrey Pines and Western Juniper on the rocky slope, and then turns into thick Lodgepole Pine groves near the meadow. In 2015 the trail was cleared of all downed trees. The rocky section of the trail has some minor rock and water bar issues, and is heavily used by stock, so be careful of loose rocks. In general the tread and trail condition is also very good here.

On the east side of the meadow, there is a trail junction for four different trails, two of which head into Kings Canyon NP. One sign points out three of the trails, and across the path there is a signpost (missing the sign) pointing the way up to Marvin Pass and Mitchell Peak to the north. Please check the signs and your map and make sure to take the correct path.

Note: in dry seasons and late in the Summer, there is very little water near the meadow. The closest reliable water sources are a) about ½ mile south up the JO Pass Trail, and b) about a ½ mile north up the trail towards Marvin Pass.

Salmon Creek Trail  
Sequoia National Forest  
Sirretta Peak Trail
Stony Creek Trailhead This area is Open Click for more information

A fairly steep, but beautiful hike up from Stony Creek campground, this trail is generally only used by day hikers. It is about 4 miles up to Poop Out Pass and the Jennie Lake Trail, but most overnight hikers enter through the easier Big Meadow trailhead. Climbing through manzanita brush and Fir tree forests lower down, you’ll see some Jeffrey and Mountain Pines higher up as you hike right alongside the National Park boundary for most of the trail. There are some excellent vistas looking west and north when you arrive at a rocky clearing about halfway up the trail. There are a few small creeks on the way up to the junction but make sure to bring plenty of water for the 3-4 hour hike to Jennie Lake.

Recently cleared of most downed trees, the trail is in better condition than it has been in several years, but there are a some rock, water bar, brush and washout issues in small sections. Particularly as you climb in the approach to Poop Out Pass, it can be a steep and strenuous hike in sections. Along the rocky sections, the trail can be difficult to follow so pay attention as you hike. There are usually rock cairns guiding the way through this area. If you are planning an overnight trip to Jennie Lake, many backpackers enter at Big Meadows TH to the north. But this is a good hike and will get you to the same spots!

Whiskey Flat Trail  
Woodpecker Trail  

Area Name Status Short Description
Stine Cove Fishing Site Click for more information

Although this is not a sandy beach, it is a great place to hang out in the spring and summer to stroll along the lakeshore and take in some sun.  Be aware that the wind will pick up most afternoons around 1PM, so umbrellas and other lightweight items need to be secured.

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Sequoia National Forest Click for more information

The Sequoia National Forest may not have oceans, but you can find beaches along its beautiful lakes and rivers.  Lake Isabella, near the southern end of the Forest, has many beaches and campgrounds nearby.  Hume Lake, in the northern part of the district, also has a wonderful shoreline for visitors to enjoy. Rivers running through the forest also offer ample opportunity to sit along and enjoy the flowing water. 

Area Name Status Short Description
Sequoia National Forest Click for more information

Ready to get your pedals turning?  Then come enjoy your National Forest land from the seat of a bicycle!   Any official trail on Forest Service land allows bicycles, with the exceptions of trails in designated Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail.  There are literally hundreds of miles of trails and roads to explore in the Sequoia National Forest, and a bike is a great way to see much of them.  Many trails are steep or rocky and may be for advanced riders only, we recommend you contact us before choosing a trail to ride. 

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Auxiliary Dam Campground  
Boulder Gulch Campground  
Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground  
Kern River Ranger District  
Old Isabella
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Area Name Status Short Description
Hume Lake
Hume Lake Boat Launch (east dam)
Hume Lake Ranger District
Old Isabella
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Big Meadow Cabin Click for more information

Overnight use of Big Meadows Guard Station and it's facilities is available for individuals, families and groups up to 8. The bedroom includes a queen size bed, twin bunk beds, a bookcase, a night stand and small closet.  The living room has a coffee and end tables, bookcase, a chair and desk, a rocking chair, an over-stuffed chair, and a double sofa sleeper that sleeps two.  The cabin sleeps six, and up to two more can tent camp outside.  The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker, and microwave.  There is also a refrigerator with freezer, stove and oven, and a kitchen table with four chairs (and four additional folding chairs).  The cabin is also equipped with dishes, silverware, toilet paper, paper towels, and miscellaneous cleaning supplies.  There is an outdoor fire ring, barbecue, a picnic table, and a bucket and shovel for fire prevention for the outdoor fire ring. 

This cabin is to be used as a Recreational Rental Cabin for families and friends.  It is not intended to be used by large groups, or as a base camp for reunions, meetings, or wedding receptions.  There is parking for one RV; no additional RVs may be parked at the cabin.  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.

Camp 4 1/2 Cabin Click for more information

Overnight use of the cabin is available for individuals and families up to 8 people. The two-bedroom, one bath cabin has beds for up to 6 people (2 twins, a queen and a double hide-a-bed) and adequate space in the yard to pitch tents. The cabin is equipped with a generator to provide electricity, propane stove, refrigerator, a heater and swamp cooler. It is furnished with a kitchen table and benches, couch, reclining chair, lawn chairs (6), an outdoor barbeque and picnic table. The kitchen is equipped with dishes, pots and pans. There is a a tub/shower combination and toilet in the bathroom. There is NO allowance for additional RV's at the cabin.

This cabin is to be used as a Recreational Rental Cabin for families and friends. It is not intended to be used by large groups, or as a base camp for reunions, meetings or receptions.  This cabin is located in a secluded area next to the lower portion of the Kings River, and is not close to Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Parks. SMOKING is not allowed inside the cabin.  PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.

Grouse Valley Cabin Complex
Hume Lake Ranger District
Kern River Ranger District  
Oak Flat Lookout/cabin  
Poso Guard Station. Recreation Rental Cabin
Quaking Aspen Cabin
Sequoia National Forest  
Western Divide Ranger District
Wishon Cabin
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Auxiliary Dam Campground
Belknap Campground  
Big Meadow Campground
Boulder Gulch Campground  
Breckenridge Campground Click for more information

High elevation camping, hunting, and hiking.

Buck Rock Campground
Camp 3 Campground
Camp 4 Campground
Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground  
Cedar Creek Campground  
Convict Flat Campground  
Coy Flat Campground  
Eshom Campground
Evans Flat Campground  
Fairview Campground  
Fish Creek Campground  
Goldledge Campground  
Green Cabin Flat Campground  
Headquarters Campground  
Hobo Campground  
Holey Meadow Campground
Horse Camp Campground  
Horse Meadow Campground  
Hospital Flat Campground  
Hume Lake Campground  
Hume Lake Ranger District  
Hungry Gulch Campground  
Kern River Ranger District  
Landslide Campground  
Leavis Flat Campground  
Limestone Campground
Live Oak North Campground  
Live Oak South Campground  
Lower Kern River Click for more information


Campgrounds along the Lower Kern
Campgrounds  Elevation Sites Season Max Trailer Potable Water Remarks
Black Gulch North 2300   May-Oct N/A No  
Black Gulch South 2300   May-Oct N/A No  
Hobo 2400 35 Apr-Sep 24' No  
Sandy Flat 2400 35 All Year 24' Yes Reservable
Lower Peppermint Campground  
Lower and Upper Coffee Camp Day Use Areas  
Mill Flat Campground  
Old Isabella
Paradise Cove Campground  
Pioneer Point Campground  
Princess Campground
Quaking Aspen Campground  
Redwood Meadow Campground
Sandy Flat Campground  
Sequoia National Forest  
South Fork Rec Campground  
Stony Creek Campground
Tenmile Campground
Tillie Creek Campground  
Troy Meadow Campground  
Upper Peppermint Dispersed Area  
Upper Stony Creek Campground  
Western Divide Ranger District  
White River Campground
Wishon Campground  

Area Name Status Short Description
Sequoia National Forest Click for more information

Cabin Rentals:  Historic cabins and lookouts are sometimes made available for the public to rent--find out how to have a unique outdoor vacation!

Campground Camping:  Nothing beats the traditional site where you can pull up your car, set up your tent, and have the family cooking hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire!  Find out more about the many campground choices on the Sequoia National Forest

Dispersed Camping:   This camping is for the more rugged individuals who are willing to stay overnight without leaving behind any indication of their stay. Those who are willing to keep the wheels of their vehicle on or near the road, pack out their trash and human waste, ensure they abide by fire restrictions, overnight stay limitations, and not leave evidence of their presence behind are welcome.

Group Camping:  If you have a large group that wants to share the outdoor experience together, one of the Sequoia's group camping sites is the way to go!

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Boyden Cavern This area is Open Click for more information

Located deep in Kings Canyon, the cave is a timeless environment of stalagmites, stalactites and beautiful flowstone, pendant, and shield formations. The enduring structures, formed over 100,000 years, conjure images of icicles, wedding cakes, snow-laden trees, crystal waterfalls, an upside-down city, a stack of pancakes, the cave bear, and more. The short but steep hike to the cave also features breathtaking views of Kings Canyon, the deepest river-cut canyon in the United States. 

Hume Lake Ranger District
Sequoia National Forest Click for more information

Caving is limited on the Sequoia National Forest.  Please stay out of unmarked caves or old mines as they can be extremely dangerous.  Two caves that can be visited in the Forest are the Boyden Cavern and the Packsaddle Cave at the end of Packsaddle Trail.

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