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Big Meadows

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Other Names

Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District, Big Meadows Creek, Big Meadow Campground, Lost Meadows, Buck Rock Jeep Trail, Buck Rock Fire Lookout, Little Boulder Creek, Kennedy Meadow, Tornado Meadow, Deer Meadow, Footman Canyon, Evans Creek, Tornado Creek, Marvin Pass, Sunset Meadow, Sequoia National Forest And Giant Sequoia National Monument, Cheater Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Sequoia National Forest offers miles of novice and moderately challenging trails and a small sand pit. The popular Buck Rock Jeep Trail leads to a fire lookout that has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Kings River, Monarch and Jennie Lakes Wilderness plus the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Camping is available at Big Meadows Campground, Buck Rock Campground and near the sand pit. For a unique camping experience check out the Big Meadows Cabin.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenSpring - FallCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from Oct 1 to May 31
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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA 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 RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, Gravel Pit
LandNational Forest


Tent: $32.00
RV: $32.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Big Meadow Campground fees range from $32-$64/night.
CommentNo camp fee charged at Buck Rock Campground but requires a park entrance fee. Contact the Hume Lake Ranger District at (559) 338-2251 for details.


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityMiramonte, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Fresno, CA
1) Take SR-180 East about 60 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto NF-14S11, continue about 3 miles
3) Big Meadows Staging Area is on the right (south).

For the Big Meadows Campground:
4) Continue about .5 miles past the Big Meadows Staging Area
5) Campground entrance is on the right (south).


Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Hume Lake Ranger District
35860 East Kings Canyon Road
Dunlap, CA 93621
(559) 338-2251
Contact InfoSequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
(559) 565-3341
Contact InfoRecreation.gov
(877) 444-6777
CommentBig Meadows Cabin Reservations


Big Meadows Trail Photo

Big Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 7/15/2015 (Thanks!)

Big Meadows Trail Photo

Big Meadows Trail

Photo Submitted 7/15/2015 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size19,200 acres (30 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7500 to 8500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has some sand or gravel pits.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Hume Lake General Store (559) 305-7770
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Hume Lake General Store (559) 305-7770
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Eshom Campground (559) 338-2251
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (W)Lakeridge Camping & Boating Resort (559) 787-2260 or (877) 787-2260
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (W)Lakeridge Camping & Boating Resort (559) 787-2260 or (877) 787-2260
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBig Meadows Campground, Buck Rock Campground (559) 338-2251
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Hume Lake General Store (559) 305-7770
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