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Old 08-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Kennedy Meadows 9/6-9/8

I’m heading up to Kennedy Meadows for a 3 day camping trip with some friends on September 6th – 8th.

This area is great for dirt bikes, mountain bikes, 4xs, hunting, fishing, dogs and just hanging out.

We are staying at Kennedy Meadows campground and I plan on doing both Shearman Pass 4x4 trail and Monache Meadow road. Shearman pass is moderately difficult but any sock 4x4 can make it and Monache is easy. Hopefully there is some water left in the river, my dog had a blast last time playing in the water.

Because of the state wide fire restrictions there are no campfires allowed only gas and propane stoves allowed with a fire permit. The fires have not affected this area and all trails and campsites are open.

Sorry about the late notice but if you want to tag along let me know.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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If I might add to a suggestion. The Kennedy meadows store is closed down, and that camp site is pretty ragged. Run down and really dusty. If you take the left at the general store travel up the road about 20-25 minutes you can stay at other campgrounds like fish creek for example that are in much better shape. If you were so inclined you could even camp at monache meadows way in the back across the river. Either way the farther in you go the better and less the sites are used, we usually stay in the overflows as there are less people and free but you can still go use the bathrooms.

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Troy meadows campground was completely rebuilt a few years ago with all new campsites,RV pads, fire rings, BBQ's, bathrooms and pavement. You also have the South fork of the Kern river that flows right next to the campsites at the back of the campground... you can fish or let the dog play in the water without leaving your campsite....really nice place and is are preferred spot while up there...if you ride motorcycles...this is an awesome area!
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Kern water is very low but area been getting some thunder showers. All areas water is low or dried up, hoping for some good snow pack this winter.
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^^ That's true I just got back from camping along kern river & the water level is extremely low & Lake Isabella is practically dried out
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:05 PM   #6
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This is by far one of my favorite areas to go off-roading. I just went up there last month and I have to say the back side (lower steep side going up from Kern River) of Sherman Jeep Trail was all washed out and quite frankly really really tough, off camber and scary. I would suggest starting up at the pass and heading in from Trout Creek and joining the Sherman Jeep Trail at the saddle. This way you still get all the scenery and some fun rock/boulder fields on your way up to the top of the mountain. The river was extremely low. I am going to do what I can to join you guys. I also would highly recommend Troy Meadows as opposed to Kennedy. For myself I always prefer camping in Monache - so beautiful at the base of Olancha Peak!
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #7
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We camped in Troy last year and your right the sites where is newer condition. We were thinking of Kennedy this year because we all have large RVs and the spurs are larger at Kennedy and the is an overflow just across the road for the 40ft RVs.

We may change back to Troy we will have to see what everybody wants to do. It looks like my friends with 40ft RVs will not be coming so the overflow isn't that important this time. My dirt biker buddies don't really care but we need to coordinate because we all show up at different times.

We didn't stop at the store last year but it look like it was open but I may be wrong.

I took Sherman up from the Kern river side of the peak last year and didn't find it that hard but your right it was a little steep. Maybe it washed out over this last winter? When I called, the ranger said that all trials were open and normally if there was washout and it was bad they would close the trail. But like I said I could be wrong; its all an adventure to me!
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I'm not rocking the rubi as its for sale but my lil bro left me his 4-runner so I might shoot up and look for you guys. The wife is out of town and I want to keep the little man busy. Camping in Monache would be awesome, especially way at the back where you have to cross the river.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #9
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Cant get the RVs back to Monache so that's out for us but if you guys want to set up a time to meet to run a trail I'm up for that. Either Saturday or Sunday any time any trail works for me.

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