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Kennedy Meadows

Thursday, January 08, 2015
Alt Names Cannell Ranger District, Fish Creek Meadow, Pine Mountain, Jackass Meadows, Little Troy Meadows, Hooker Meadow, Smith Mountain, Sequoia National Forest, Ball Mountain, Bonita Meadows, West Meadow, Lookout Mountain, Danner Meadow, Corral Meadow, Stoney Meadow, Sherman Peak, Mahogany Creek, Trout Creek, Kern River, Monache Meadows, Kern Plateau OHV Area, Kern River Ranger District, Jackass Peak Motorized Trail, Kern Plateau
Last Known Status Closed For Season

This riding area has multiple campgrounds and staging opportunities plus about 150 miles of challenging single track trails geared toward the more experienced rider.

The trails are generally open from mid-June until the first snowfall, which is usually the first week of November. This is one of the most popular places to go for woods riding in southern California.

Nearby services such include the Kennedy Meadows General Store and the Grumpy Bear Saloon that has a full bar and restaurant with live bands that play on Saturday nights.

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Nearest City Inyokern, CA
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From: Ridgecrest, CA
1) Take US-395 north about 15 miles
2) Turn left (west) on Nine Mile Canyon Road, continue 11.1 miles
3) Turn right (north) on Kennedy Meadows Road, continue 9.2 miles
4) Turn left on CR-J14, continue 1.9 miles
5) Turn left at T-intersection on Kennedy Meadows Road, continue 1.7 miles
6) Turn left on Sherman Pass Road, continue about 7.7 miles to the campgrounds.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Square Miles 250
Miles Of Trail 150
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 7500 to 9900 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The trail has some water crossings.Some
Single Track This national forest has many single track trails.Many
Roads This national forest has few roads.Few
Shade This national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Mid June - November CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on 4x4 roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on 4x4 roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Some Areas permitted on 4x4 roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping Yes
Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Troy Meadow and Fish Creek Campground Fees
Comment No camping fees charged if using overflow campgrounds.
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (SE) Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (760) 446-3551
Gasoline Gasoline 30+ Miles (SE) Shell (760) 377-5353
Diesel Diesel 30+ Miles (SE) Shell (760) 377-5353
Potable Water Water On Site Troy Meadows Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup 30+ Miles (E) Boulder Creek RV Resort (760) 876-4243
RV Dump Station RV Disposal On Site Grumpy Bears Retreat (559) 850-2327
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store On Site Kennedy Meadows General Store (559) 850-5647
Swimming Swim Area On Site Troy Meadows Campground
Body of Water Water Body On Site South Fork Kern River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (SW) North Fork Marina/Lake Isabella (760) 376-1812
Contact Info Sequoia National Forest - Kernville Office
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781
Comment Extension 633
Contact Info Sequoia National Forest - Black Rock Ranger District
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(559) 539-2607
Comment Extension 276
Office opens in the spring through first week of November.
Contact Info Grumpy Bears Retreat Restaurant & Tavern
98887 Kennedy Meadows Road
Inyokern, CA 93527
(559) 850-2327


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Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)
Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Off-Road Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)
Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)
Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Motorcycle at Kennedy Meadows Trail

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