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Willow Gulch Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District, Squirrel Valley, Dry Meadow, 34E41, Piute Mountains, Piute Peak, Kelso Creek, Landers Camp, Piaute Springs OHV, Piute Mountains, French Meadow

Last Known StatusOpen

The Willow Gulch Trail is roughly 20 miles long of technical single track. The trail begins at Squirrel Valley and heads north, eventually ending at Dry Meadows, but can also be used to head south and tie into French Meadow, which has an additional 500+ miles of designated single track.

Most of the trails in this area are rated as black diamond, but it is possible to leave the Piute Mountains and trek into nearby Dove Springs.

This trail can be accessed off Kelso Valley Road or via Saddle Springs Road, but if you are looking for free primitive camping with direct trail access try Landers Camp or Piute Springs OHV.

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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 UTV & 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 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 Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityWeldon, CA
AddressPiute Valley Road, Weldon, CA 93283
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lake Isabella, CA
1) Take Hwy 178 East about 13 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto Kelso Valley Road, continue about 12 miles
3) Turn right (west) onto Cortez Way, continue about .5 miles toward trailhead.

For Landers Staging Area:
4) Continue south on Kelso Valley Road about 5 miles
5) Veer right (west) onto Piute Mountain Road, continue 8.2 miles
6) Turn right (north) onto FS Road 29S05, continue about 1 mile
7) Staging area is on the left (west).

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


Contact InfoSequoia National Forest - Kern River Ranger District
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781


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Approx Size35,000 acres (55 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6100 to 6500 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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
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 almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
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 little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Lake Isabella KOA (760) 378-2001
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (760) 379-3747
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