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Kennedy Meadows

The general store closes at 4pm & we never did see "Gus". This sage brush & pine forest is located west of Hwy 395, in the Southern Sierra range. Or you could take Sherman's Pass Rd from the Kern River to reach this awesome fishing destination. 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, you can alway head north to the secluded harder to reach Monache Meadows area. 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. Of course, this depend on the season. If heavy snow was present, the mud may be tough going.

There is also another Kennedy Meadows in the Sonora Pass region.

Golden Trout Wilderness Trail Map
Golden Trout Wilderness Trail Map
Golden Trout Wilderness/South Sierra Map
Golden Trout Wilderness/South Sierra Map
Inyo National Forest Map
Inyo National Forest Map
Sequoia National Forest Map
Sequoia National Forest Map
Dome Land Wilderness Map
Dome Land Wilderness Map
elevation: 5800' population: 100 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 Trails
  • Back Roads
  • Stargazing
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Dirt Bike Trails
  • Jeep Roads
  • Off Road Routes
  • 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 Meadows Campground NFS
    Kennedy Meadows Campground
    Big Meadow Sequoia
    Horse Meadow Campground
    Chimney Creek Campground BLM
    Long Valley Campground BLM

    tent camping

    Small mountain community of cabins & homes in pinyon pine, juniper, high elevation sage meadow region. On the Kern Plateau inside the Sequoia National Forest, bordering Inyo Forest, near Olancha Peak.

    nearby towns:
    Lone Pine
    local links:

    Kernville Chamber of Commerce
    11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville, CA 93238

    Kern Valley
    Back Road Camping Photos
    Cherry Hill Camping Photos
    PCT - Pacific Crest Trail Association
    The Kern Plateau
    Porter Ranch Airport
    Kennedy Meadows, Sonora Pass 108
    Golden Trout Wilderness/South Sierra Map
    Inyo National Forest Map
    Sequoia National Forest Map

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