Mountain Biking Sequoia

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Mountain Biking Kern & Biking Camps in Sequoia

Mountain biking has become a popular sport especially in California. We’ve got so much great terrain, so close to home (the urban sprawl), that this outdoor hobby is bound to get you back in shape, fast. Start slow to avoid burnout and injury. The weather is awesome, just go. Plan a camping weekend & bring your bike!

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KERN RIVER AREA

  • Kennedy Meadows & South to Chimney Peak Road & Long Valley. Lots & lots of open trails on bordering BLM Lands
  • Cannell Meadow – very popular route
  • Remington Trail – lower Kern River
  • Keysville California has trails and dirt roads near the Kern River & is host to the annual bike race called the Keysville Classic
  • Sugarloaf Ridge – Alta Sierra
  • Monache Meadows is a great area to explore on a mountain bike
  • Troy Meadow Campground is an excellent spot for some long day loops
  • Big Meadow Sequoia – camp & day loops
  • Rincon Trail runs parallel to the Kern River & can be accessed via Sherman’s Pass Road
  • Parks & Forests in Sequoia / Sierra Nevada –

    Big Meadow Kern

    SEQUOIA PARK BIKING

    Obvious (but humorous) information on bike riding or mountain biking in Sequoia NP. Upon doing research for this page, noticed a heck of a lotta folks typing in the phrase

    Sequoia National Park Bike

    I laugh…. but plenty people are searching for bike trails near Sequoia trees, inside the most protected of lands, the National Parks.

    Firstly, most National Parks in California do not allow bikes on hiking trails. The Sierra Nevada has NO National Parks that allow mountain biking on their trails. (official words are: Biking is allowed on the main roads in the parks but is prohibited on park trails.)

    Yuk. Who wants to ride on asphalt in the wild?

    Yosemite & Lake Almanor both have nice paved bike paths. But you may want dirt trails for biking. Be it mellow mountain biking on forest roads, or the hard core Downie-droppers.

    California Wilderness Areas are the same rules, but even tighter. So that brings us to Sequoia National Forest. Yes, indeed California National Forests allow mountain bikes on most trails, in most cases. The popular trails might even get small brown signs showing bikes that are allowed.

    Second, there are no bike rentals inside Sequoia National Park (or Kings), so you must bring yours in, or better yet ride in. I dare you. Although you cannot take said bike on a dirt trail, so you’ll need to stick to pavement only. The main highway (Hwy 198) has got to be one of the curviest, narrow, fern lined ridge routes of the region. You would be a fool to ride this area, as a senior citizen w/ a 40 foot motorhome or a speeding SUV may take you out on a curve. Seriously! You better be in great shape if you plan to descend into Kings Cyn. That route is just as dangerous if not more so. These 2 National Parks – Sequoia & kings, both get a lotta traffic. Year round.

    Thirdly – here is the biggest tip of the whole topic. In between Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks is a slice of Sequoia National Forest land. (Meaning you can ride bikes or mountain bikes here) Most call it Big Meadows Road # 14S11 & there is plenty camping all down this road – 12 miles with spur roads in every direction. A nice chunk of forest with rocks, meadows, camps & dirt roads. Granite & great scenery. What more could you ask for? More forest roads than single track trails tho and please watch for equestrian traffic. The dead end of this road leads out to 2 Wilderness areas, so be prepared to navigate with a good map in hand. No bikes are allowed in the Wilderness, remember?

    Maps for biking in the Sequoia –

    For Sequoia/Redwood Parks with less people and more open biking trails, try these –

    Wanna see some great riders & bikes in action? California Mountain Bike Races

    Bear Meadow

    Camp Site at Bear Mdw

    Horse Meadow Campground

    Kern Meadows Camping

    Horse Meadow Campground

    Salmon Creek, Kern Plateau –
    Sequoia National Forest

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    Looking to stay away from the masses camping at the Kern River?

    Horse Meadow Campground can be found on the east side of the Kern River, up on the Kern Plateau. Up the infamous, steep and rugged Shermans Pass Road. How exciting!

    Steep Grades

    Climb the hill slowly and cautiously, no guardrails. Up the grade, Shermans eastbound – out of the dryness of the Kern canyon. Find Cherry Hill Road, that is also the Big Meadow turn off: Forest Road# 22S12, a long, narrow dirt road leads from paved Shermans Pass Road, 10 miles out to this ideal campground. Far enough off the main road, so you won’t see much of a crowd out here.

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    Hunters, horse campers and hikers really like this spot. Mountain bikers are known to frequent the region as well. Forest, meadows, trails, creeks, nature, all around. Dome Land Wilderness is close by; Waterfalls hikes, swimming holes, viewpoints. Fishing, hunting, horseback trails. Dirt roads and single track trails all over – all within the vicinity of Big Meadow.

    Kern Meadows Camping

    From the main Rd #22S12, the camp access road #23S08 will lead out to the NFS Campground – HORSE MEADOW. Located at higher elevation forests – 3000′ feet higher than the Kern River!

    Nice forested, high country camp spots in a developed campground. The long, access road is worth it for all the scenery and seclusion. Vault toilets, piped water, maybe a small fee. Open summer into autumn, closes for winter months.

    Horse Meadow Campground

    • Elevation: 7600′
    • Number of Sites: 41
    • Vehicle Access: RV 23′ max
    • Campsites Reservation: No
    • Camp Fee: Yes
    • Length of Stay: 14 Days
    • Season: June – November
    • Trailheads: Salmon Creek

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    Developed Campground @ Salmon Creek Trail #33E36. Hiking trailheads lead off to various destinations like, Salmon Creek Falls, Big Meadow, Cannel Meadows and Dome Lands.

    Sequoia Kern Map

    Sunny Campsite

    SUMMERTIME: If you are coming in from Kennedy Meadows on the EAST (or the Mojave desert US 395) – first verify that the Sherman Pass is OPEN for through traffic. Ask road conditions with local rangers ahead of time. ANY amount of snow will close this whole paved route for the winter season, up until June sometimes.

    Over 30 miles (one way) to the nearest general store for supplies. Pack ‘block ice’ in the cooler, instead of cubes.

    nearby towns:
    Fairview
    Kennedy Meadows
    Kernville
    Lake Isabella
    Mojave

    Big Meadow is closeby. Check it out!

    Big Meadow Kern

    Big Meadow Sequoia

    Big Meadow Kern

    Big Meadow – Kern Plateau

    Sherman’s Pass, Sequoia National Forest
    Big Meadow borders Dome Land Wilderness
    in the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains

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    There are many large and gorgeous meadows inside Sequoia National Forest, but none compare in ‘grandeur’ to this southern Sierra public pasture. BIG MEADOW KERN

    Find your way north of Kernville and the river really comes into view. Up close, right there! Stop, get out of the vehicle for a stretch break and breathe; take it all in. This is only the start of the adventure. Gorgeous Big Meadow is located up on the Kern Plateau, 3000′ above the river on the eastern ridges. Only accessible half the year due to snow, this meadow is a must see for those exploring the eastern side of the Kern River.

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    Sherman’s Pass Road #22S05 is a hard right turn after the Johnsondale Bridge. It is well signed and still easy to miss. Climb out of the dryness and into the dense forests and meadows of higher altitudes. Driving this southern Sierra-crossing route, Sherman’s Pass Rd. will require all of your concentration. Steep, curvy road without guard rails. Plus epic, scenic views (NOT to die for).

    At this point – Rock slides, snow gates and road closure are typical in winter months. Check w/ rangers in Kernville about road conditions (before you head up this way).

    Sequoia National Forest National Forest Camps
    Kernville Ranger
    105 Whitnet Rd
    Kernville CA
    760-376-3781

    While traveling eastbound on Sherman’s Pass Road, the intersection to look for is

    Big Meadow Road #22S12

    The partially paved road will lead south a few miles, then becomes GRADED DIRT and ventures another 15+ miles – way, way out into dead-end territories. Not one road connects down to Lake Isabella!

    Spur roads (all one lane, dirt roads) lead out to various places like – Cherry Hill, Big Meadow, Horse Meadow Campground, Dome Land Wilderness Trailheads, Manter Meadow, Salmon Creek Falls, Cannel Meadows, dozens of trails and spurs. Plenty of primitive camping back in these forest areas. A high clearance rig may be required the further back you go. Mud and snow are quite common in spring and fall.

    Camping California Back Roads

    Extra Large Camp Sites

    BIG MEADOW is a favorite camp area among –
    backpackers (trailheads)
    equestrian (horse campers)
    hunters
    mountain bikers
    off-road campers

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    westside drive: ample parking and camping for horse trailers

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    no 'froading on meadows

    no ‘froading on meadows

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    Big Meadow Rules

    Back Loop Road

    Back Loop Road, around the Big Meadow. Narrow & muddy

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    Or perhaps this is not the Big Meadow near Sequoia that you are seeking. National Parks The scenic, giant, public horse pasture listed above is not to be confused with #14S11 Big Meadows Road, also in National Forest land, located in between popular Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. (100 miles north of here)

    22S05 – Sequoia NF

    Sherman’s Pass Road: J41 Mojave to Sequoia Forest Rd# 22S05

    Sequoia National Forest

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    Snow Closes Sherman’s Pass

    This paved Southern Sierra highway (aka J41, off US 395) is a paved route thru the eastern portion of the Sequoia National Forest. A curvy mountain corridor which crosses over the South Fork of the Kern River, and skirts the Domeland Wilderness & the South Sierra Wilderness. East side of Sequoia National Forest, the Kern Plateau meets the Mojave desert w/ BLM Camping & Inyo National Forest.

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    The Sherman route connects the Kern River, near Fairview to Kennedy Meadows & closes for snow in winter months. There are plenty seasonal creeks, meadows & forests in this region. Elevations range from 4000′ near the Kern River to 8000′ at Black Rock Station.

    BIG MEADOW
    Horse Meadow Campground
    Long Valley Campground
    Chimney Creek Campground
    Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway

    Bald Mountain Fire Lookout is an excellent stop for sightseeing over Domeland Wilderness. Access it via dirt road# 22S77

    Steep Grades

    Ranger Stations:
    Black Rock Station
    760-376-1666

    Snowy Springs

    Campgrounds along Sherman’s Pass Road include –

    • Rincon Camp (primitive campsite) – just up from Brush Creek & Kern River; Rincon Trail #33E23 runs North/South near here.
    • Big Meadow / Horse Meadow Campground
    • Troy Meadows Campground
    • Fish Creek Campground
    • Kennedy Meadows Campground

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    nearby towns:

    FAIRVIEW
    KENNEDY MEADOWS
    KERNVILLE
    RIVERKERN

    Jennie Lakes Wilderness

    horse meadow trails

    Sequoia / Kings Canyon / Mitchell Peak

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    USDA MAP may be out of print 2017

    Jennie Lakes Wilderness is located in between two popular National Parks, via the paved back roads off Sequoia Generals Highway 198. Monarch Wilderness is north of Jennie Lakes, bordering Kings Canyon.

    10,500 acres
    26 miles of trail

    Two lakes, Jennie Ellis Lake and Weaver Lake, set among granite outcroppings. Majority of the wWilderness is above 7,000 feet w/ red fir, lodgepole pine, and western white pine forest near treeline; abundance of spring wildflowers fill meadows. The two main lakes and Rowell Meadow are primary destinations for most backpackers wanting to camp overnight.

     

    Sequoia National Park

    Kings Canyon National Park

    Monarch Wilderness

    Impressive granite canyons, super steep. LOts of rugged rocky terrain, lower elevation to peaks of 11,000′. KINGS RIVER – Longest raging river in the Sierra, headwaters originating near Mount Whitney.

    Road#14S11 – Big Meadows Road

    National Forest & Wilderness Permits –

    USDA Sequoia NF

    More Wilderness Info & Links –

    sierrawild.gov/wilderness/jennie-lakes
    summitpost.org/jennie-lakes
    Jennie Lakes Wilderness Wiki

    Marvin Pass trailhead

    Marvin Pass trailhead, 12 miles down Rd#14S11

    Another Big Meadows?
    Indeed, southern SEQ NF, on the East Kern Plateau.