Enjoy the wilderness areas of the nearby Sequoias. The Sequoia National Park & Kern River area gets the most visitors, but the backwoods of Sequoia National Forest nearby get suprisingly overlooked by many.
The National Forest lands in this area are full of old logging roads, a lush variety of pines, flowing creeks & waterfalls. You will find plenty of remote forest for your privacy needs. Grab a hammock or just a blanket & head for that shady cedar grove. Nap in a scenic meadow after a picnic. Bring the mountain bikes for exploring. Most of all, just get away & relax.
Lots of small Sierra lakes are within the Sequoia & Kings
Cyn. National Park, Most can be reached by backpacking or horse
back. Get good backcountry maps to
get a better idea of where these are located.
The wild & scenic Kern River carves out this oak lined
canyon. The winding roads travels from Lake Isabella north along
the river which is lined with camping. Lots to do around these
When you are headed to the Sequoias - they are located on the western side of the Sierra Nevada range, running parallel to the smoggy Central Valley. Drive at night & beat the 100 degree heat. Take off after work &
after the traffic dies down Friday night. Get good directions
to where your destination & take your time. The
drive north is only a few hours from Los Angeles.
From L.A. ---- 3.5 hrs.- S. Sequoia National Forest : Kern River
I-5 N; Hwy.99, exit Bakersfield, Hwy. 178
to Lake Isabella; exit Hwy. 155 to Wofford Heights & then
up to Kernville
From L.A. ---- 4.5 hrs.- Sequoia & Kings Cyn. National Park; N. Sequoia
Area surrounding the Sequoia & Kings National Parks. Granite
faces, cedar forest near the raging rivers, this Sierra wonderland
offers it all. From rugged backpacker high country to primitive
car camping. Horse corral camps & small family style campgrounds.
Explore the backroads & live a little.
Area surrounding the Sequoia & Kings Cyn. National Parks.
A wide variety of outdoor activities is awaiting you.
From the rolling hills of oaks near the Kern River in the
Southern section to the granite, cedar forest near the Parks
boundaries of the North, this forest offers a variety of terrain.
This area allows primitive car camping
without a campground as long as you obtain a free campfire permit. Plenty of small dirt back roads meander through the remote pine forest
Home of the largest living things on earth. These ancient
trees are located in groves throughout the park.
Dense lush forest filled with ferns & pines, as well
as a variety of other types of trees, make this area a campers
& hikers dream. See raging waterfalls, flowing creeks &
rivers, the crystal cave, & go horseback riding all in one
Quite different than its neighbor, the Sequoia National Park,
this drier rugged canyon has a lot of oak terrain as well as some
pines & cedars. It is a dead end road & perfect for backpackers
who want to have easy access to the backcountry. Matter of fact,
most of this park is just that, wilderness. One one highway enters
the park & doesn't loop around to any other destinations.
Ancient Sequoia, the largest living trees on earth, are burning in wildfires and falling over from severe winds. From the Kern River to Yosemite National Park, we are witnessing epic changes in our cherished Sequoia groves. Giants that have stood the test of time, for thousands of years - right here on the West Coast - are now vulnerable to our changing weather patterns. The droughts, the bark beetles, more lightning, bigger fires, and stronger winds. Coastal redwoods and Joshua trees have also been impacted by recent wildfires. If you haven't already, go see and experience these monumental trees, while they are still around.
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