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Old 09-04-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Kennedy Meadows and Sherman Pass 4X trail

I'm camping up at Kennedy Meadows on September 28-30 and running Sherman Pass on Saturday. Anybody want to go?

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i've never been up there before. how is the trail compared to Miller, Calico or pinyon Mountain in Anza Borrego?

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Old 09-05-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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From what I have read there are two main jeep trails. Sherman Pass and Monache 4 wheel drive trail. Sherman is rated "difficult" by Charles Wells in his book and it got a black diamond by the US forest service. I have not been on Sherman in a Jeep but I did do it about 15 years ago on a dirt bike and I didn't think it was that bad. Of course I was younger then. Monache is suppose to be easy and scenic, for any 4x or truck.

Miller only got one back diamond where something like John Bull or Dispahn Springs in Big Bear gets three black diamonds. I'm guessing Sherman pass is like Miller or Last Chance canyon but not as hard as the tough Calico or Big Bear trails.

I'm doing this like Magellan and doing some exploring and taking it easy, unless someone that has been there before wants to come and be a guide.

Here is the US forest service web site description with a trail map. Sequoia National Forest - USDA Forest Service - Off-Highway Vehicles
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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monache jeep trail can be done in 2wd for a jeep. instead of staying at kennedy meadows, take the monache jeep trail to monache meadows and camp along the kern river, this place is great. ive been to monache meadows and im dying to go back.

my trip to monache last year:

Monache Meadows

for monache meadows and sherman jeep trail check this out:

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Thanks Beantown, nice pics and video. I defently want to take my expedition trailer back there for a few days but this time I'm with a group of dirt bikers and our RVs so we are staying at Troy Meadows.
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Bring a chain saw our club the GearGrinders cleared Sherman Pass jeep trail two months ago this is one of our adopted trails and we cut up about 30 trees that were on the trail, BUT there were a few barley standing that could fall anytime and we have had some big winds since.

It a great fun trail with several challenging climbs and rock gardens

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Sounds really fun. I am a strong maybe.
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Sounds like a great trip. I'm still working out details if I can make it. I'll in the next day or 3.
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Castman and Iwanna, sounds good I have another guy wanting to go too hes from the CI4x4 group.
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Bring a chain saw our club the GearGrinders cleared Sherman Pass jeep trail two months ago this is one of our adopted trails and we cut up about 30 trees that were on the trail, BUT there were a few barley standing that could fall anytime and we have had some big winds since.

It a great fun trail with several challenging climbs and rock gardens

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Humm.. where to get a chainsaw?
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As of right now I'm in. No chain saw though. Don't know of anyone I can borrow one from either.
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As of right now I'm in. No chain saw though. Don't know of anyone I can borrow one from either.
That's OK I think I have that covered; you camping the two nights? Ill post the particulars in about a week. Great that you can make it.
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I'll be coming up on Friday. Making it a 3 day weekend. May hit the kern for a few trout too.
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This is one of my favorite off road areas - not so much for off road challenges but for scenic beauty it cant be beat! The top of Sherman Peak is amazing! You can see most of the High Sierra. I also whole heatedly agree about staying in Monache Meadows! Go all the way to Road's End Camp Ground. So worth it. Here is a link to a video I cut for a TV Pilot I tried to sell a few years back:

Monache Meadows - America's Hidden Treasures - Pilot Episode - YouTube
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Thanks for the videos, those are great.
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Nice work, makes me want to go all the more. Does anyone know what the camp fire situation is there now? Can we have one?
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Stop at Black Rock Ranger station (on the way there). You can get your fire permit there. It is free. They have a lot of good information there including trail maps!
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Its fire season thru out California now and it will be until it rains again which means no open camp fires even with a permit. But I think, and I will check it out today, you can have campfires in the developed camp ground fire rings. That’s why I chose Troy Meadows to camp cause it has fire rings. I will get back to you on this.

The weekend before I’m headed up to Big Bear, we chose to stay at Crab Flats campground for the very same reason, the camp host even sells fire wood at Crab Flats. I’m thinking, same US forest service, same rules?
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Ok here's the scoop on the campfires.

They are allowed in the campground like I thought but you have to have a permit. We can get permits at the black rock ranger station. We pass Black rock station just before we get to Troy Meadows camp ground. The station is open 8-430 Thurs-Mon.

You also can get a permit on line.

Also the camping fee is $17 bucks per night and I think you can have two cars per space. I'm bringing my travel trailer so I need one space by myself but there are others that might what to share the cost.

Also I'm amending my stay to stay Sunday night and coming home Monday.
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Is this a National or State park area?
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GTG my access pass is good for there then. Do you want to caravan up?
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Sure, I'm thinking of leaving Friday morning at about 730am does that work for you? Meet say at 730 McDees on Seaward and leave by 8?
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let me know the specifics on where you are going to be. I'll be heading up a bit later than you two.

Talking to a buddy about this trip too. so my have one more.
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Sounds like a fun trip, I may have to pick up a tent and some camping gear again and give this one a try also.
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I will post the details this week......
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I'll be coming up on Friday. Making it a 3 day weekend. May hit the kern for a few trout too.
I am up for some trout fishing....
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Sure, I'm thinking of leaving Friday morning at about 730am does that work for you? Meet say at 730 McDees on Seaward and leave by 8?
Sounds good by me..... Now to find McDees....
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Stop at Black Rock Ranger station (on the way there). You can get your fire permit there. It is free. They have a lot of good information there including trail maps!

Black Rock Ranger station is CLOSED something about their generators need catalytic converters to operate and due to State budget issues Black Rock Ranger station is closed.


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