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Kennedy Meadows

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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, Rattlesnake Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

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 include Kennedy Meadows General Store and the Grumpy Bear Saloon which has a full bar and live bands that play on Saturday nights.

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Nearest CityInyokern, 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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Square Miles250
Miles Of Trail150
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7500 to 9900 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMid June - NovemberCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Troy Meadow and Fish Creek Campground Fees
CommentNo camping fees charged if using overflow campgrounds.


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SE)Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (760) 446-3551
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Kennedy Meadows General Store (559) 850-5647
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SE)Shell (760) 377-5353
Potable Water WaterOn SiteTroy Meadows Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (E)Boulder Creek RV Resort (760) 876-4243
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteGrumpy Bears Retreat (559) 850-2327
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Kennedy Meadows General Store (559) 850-5647
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteTroy Meadows Campground
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSouth Fork Kern River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SW)North Fork Marina/Lake Isabella (760) 376-1812


Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Kernville Office
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781
CommentExtension 633
Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Black Rock Ranger District
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(559) 539-2607
CommentExtension 276
Office opens in the spring through first week of November.
Contact InfoGrumpy Bears Retreat Restaurant & Tavern
98887 Kennedy Meadows Road
Inyokern, CA 93527
(559) 850-2327


Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Motorcycle at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Motorbike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

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