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Kennedy Meadows

Friday, May 24, 2024

Other 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, making this one of the most popular places to go for woods riding in southern California. There are a couple 4x4 roads for larger vehicles and ATVs (Sherman Pass and Monache Jeep Roads) but this trail system primarily caters to dirt bikes.

There are two designated campgrounds that provide direct trail access. Fish Creek Campground features 40 sites that can accommodate trailers up to 27 feet. There is no running water at Fish Creek but there are a few vault toilets and the main entrance loop is paved. Troy Meadows Campground is located about two miles further west and offers 73 sites that can accommodate trailers up to 24 feet. Each site comes with a picnic table, BBQ grill, concrete pad and access to several water spigots. Sites are first come, first serve and fill up fast, but adjacent to each campground is an overflow area.

The trails and campgrounds are generally open from mid-June until the first snowfall, which is usually the first week of November. Exact dates vary, so check with the ranger station before heading out.

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

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMid June - NovemberCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
most trails are single track only
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
CA 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 AreasNot Recommended
permitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on Monache and Sherman 4x4 Roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentFish Creek Campground can accommodate trailers up to 27 feet and Troy Meadows up to 24 feet. Longer trailers can fit at overflow campgrounds.


Approx Size160,000 acres (250 sq mi)
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
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
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
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


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


Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Troy Meadow and Fish Creek Campground Fees
CommentNo fees charged if using overflow campgrounds.


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


Nearest CityInyokern, CA
AddressSherman Pass Road, Inyokern, CA 93527
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Ridgecrest, CA
1) Take US-395 North about 15 miles
2) Turn left (west) onto Nine Mile Canyon Road, continue 24 miles (*see warning below)
3) Veer left (north-west) onto Sherman Pass Road, continue 8.5 miles
4) Fish Creek Campground is on the left (south). Overflow campground is on the right (north).

For Troy Meadows Campground:
5) Continue west past Fish Creek Campground 1.7 miles
6) Troy Meadows Campground is on the right (north). Overflow campground is on the left (south).

*Note: This road is affectionately known as "Transmission Alley", so trucks should be in good working order, especially if towing. Transmission and brakes will get worked pretty hard. Roads are steep and narrow with only a few turnouts.


Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Kern River Ranger District
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 And Tavern
98887 Kennedy Meadows Road
Inyokern, CA 93527
(559) 850-2327
Contact InfoKennedy Meadows General Store
96740 Beach Meadow Road
Inyokern, CA 93527
(559) 850-5647
Contact InfoStewards of the Sequoia
P.O. Box 1246
Wofford Heights, CA 93285


Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Motorcycle at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2011 (Thanks!)

Kennedy Meadows Trail Photo

Dirtbike at Kennedy Meadows Trail

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