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French Meadow

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District, Squirrel Valley, Dry Meadow, Piute Mountains, Piute Peak, Kelso Creek, Landers Camp, Piaute Springs OHV, Willow Gulch Trail, Landers Station

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Sequoia National Forest offers about 500+ miles of designated black diamond single track. The trails are well marked and wind through a wide range of elevation changes. Most of the terrain is hardpacked with occasional loose chunk rock and moderate elevation changes.

Free primitive camping with direct trail access can be found at Landers Camp or Piaute Springs OHV. Landers Camp is the preferred place for those with campers or trailers since there is plenty of shade and level parking. There is no drinking water or other amenities so bring your own supplies. The Pacific Crest Trail (hiking only) can also be accessed from Landers Camp.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA 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
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Cycle EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross 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 BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size35,000 acres (55 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail500
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6100 to 8000 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 little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
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 some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityWeldon, CA
AddressPiute Mountain Road, Weldon, CA 93283
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lake Isabella, CA
For Landers OHV Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 178 east about 13 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto Kelso Valley Road, continue about 17 miles
3) Veer right (west) onto Piute Mountain Road, continue 8.2 miles
4) Turn right (north) onto FS Road 29S05, continue about 1 mile
5) Landers Staging Area is on the left (west).

For Piaute Springs OHV Staging Area:
6) Continue west on Piute Mountain Road 3.2 miles
7) Turn right (north) onto FS Road 27S02, continue about .6 miles
8) Staging area is on the left (west).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Kern River Ranger District
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781
mailroom_r5_sequoia@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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French Meadow Trail Photo

French Meadow Trail

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French Meadow Trail Photo

French Meadow Trail

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French Meadow Trail Photo

French Meadow Trail

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French Meadow Trail Photo

French Meadow Trail

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French Meadow Trail Photo

French Meadow Trail

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