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Kennedy Meadows

The general store closes at 5pm, so make note of that if you plan to be in the area. This high elevation, sage brush and pinyon pine forest is located west of US Hwy 395, in the Southern Sierra range. Where the Mojave desert meets the Sierra Nevada. Another access is Sherman's Pass Road (from the Kern River) but snow can close that route half the year. Certain times of the summer this area can get busy, especially on holiday weekends, but then other times can be wide open & you'll have the whole place to yourself. Kennedy Mdws campground has 39 spots with a motorhome limit of 30'. Back roads provide more privacy & seclusion.

If the unruly crowds are overwhelming & you have the SUV to get going, head north to the secluded harder to reach Monache Meadows area. NO services! The rangers recommend 4 wheel drive for the 'Jeep Road' that heads north into the Inyo National Forest, but we easily made it in a high clearance 2WD Amigo. Of course, this depends on the season. If heavy snow is present, the dirt 4WD trail may be tough going.

There is also another Kennedy Meadows in the Sonora Pass, Central Sierra Nevada region. It is a horse packing ranch, only open during a few summer months.

Golden Trout Wilderness
Golden Trout Wilderness
Golden Trout, S Sierra
Golden Trout, S Sierra
Inyo Mountains Map
Inyo Mountains Map
Sequoia NF Kern River
Sequoia NF Kern River
Dome Land Map
Dome Land Map
elevation: 5800' population: 66 zip code: 93527


sage meadows with river & & pine trees

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Tulare County
Southern Sierras, W of Ridgecrest
on NIne Mile Canyon Road (Inyo Co. Rd. J41), off of Hwy.395



  • backpacking
  • camping
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Monache Meadows
  • mountain biking
  • back roads
  • stargazing
  • horseback riding
  • dirt bike trails
  • back roads
  • off-roading
  • rock climb: bouldering
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Inyo National Forest
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Dome Land Wilderness
  • Golden Trout Wilderness
  • Southern Sierra Wilderness
  • Bright Star Wilderness
  • Chimney Peak Wilderness
  • Sacatar Trail Wilderness
  • Maturango Museum Ridgecrest
  • kennedy meadows campgrounds

    Monache Meadows Camping
    Fish Creek Campground NFS
    Troy Meadow Campground
    Kennedy Meadows Campground
    Big Meadow Sequoia
    Horse Meadow Campground
    Chimney Creek Camp BLM
    Long Valley Campground BLM
    Kern River Camping
    Kern River Campgrounds

    tent camping

    High desert mountain community of cabins in pinyon pine, juniper, sage brush meadow forest. On the Kern Plateau inside the Sequoia National Forest, bordering Inyo Forest, near Olancha Peak.

    nearby towns:
    Randsburg [Ghost Town]
    Lone Pine
    local links:

    Kennedy Meadows General Store

    Kern Valley Canyon Connection
    Back Road Camping Photos
    Kennedy Meadows General Store
    Kern River Hot Springs
    PCT - Pacific Crest Trail Association
    Porter Ranch Airport
    Kennedy Meadows, Sonora Pass 108
    Golden Trout Wilderness Map
    Inyo National Forest Map
    Sequoia National Forest Map
    South Sierra Wilderness Map
    Grumpy Bears Retreat
    Shermans Pass Road 22N05
    Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway

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