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Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Sherman Pass Road
Sherman Pass Road
Near Jct. of North Fork Kern River

Sherman Pass Road
Sherman Pass Road

SHERMAN PASS ROAD / Road 22S05
The first impression we had was
"Waterfalls and Wild Flowers"
Spring time has arrived in the high mountains
Sherman Pass Road offers scenic views.
Campgrounds and camp areas abound.

Nine Mile Canyon Road
Nine Mile Canyon Road

MILEAGE CHART
From Jct. of North Kern River and Sherman Pass Road

Road 22S12
Big Meadow
Black Rock Station
Highway 395

12 miles
18 miles
32 miles
67 miles

HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS

ROAD 22S12
Road 22S12 is about 5 miles paved surface then dirt
There are a couple bad ruts you have to navigate.
Check the weather forecast.

Rincon
Road to Rincon Camp

RINCON CAMP
See photo... didn't drive to the campground.
POISON CREEK (Camp Area)
Around 5 miles is Poison Creek Camp.
You can camp here. Kind of cheesy.
Elevation 6800'
HORSE MEADOW CAMPGROUND
Turn right at Road 23S10. Campground is about a mile.
Fee Area $10.00... kind of expensive.
There is drinking water. It seemed clean enough.
Should have tested it better, but had already filled
the water containers in Lake Isabella.

big Meadow Firpit
Big Meadow Firering with Grill

BIG MEADOW
Continue down Road 22S12 for 13 miles.
Elevation 8000'
Big Meadow is what you expect... including the fresh air.
As Big Meadow comes into view you realize that life is good.
There are campsites with picnic table, firepits and outhouse.
The outhouse is old style... small with wooden toilet.
No Garbage Service
Meadow is closed to regenerate growth
The night air is filled with the rare sound of crickets and frogs.
It is a battle to see who can be the loudest...
Salmon Creek flows through the meadow
There are some primitive campsites where
Road 22S12 crosses over Salmon Creek.

Wild Flowers
Flowers along Sherman Pass Road

BLACK ROCK
Road closed due to snow???

TROY MEADOW CAMPGROUND
Was closed Memorial day.
Troy Meadow Overflow was opened
Elevation 5800'

MAHOGANY CAMP
Mahogany Camp is a nice area.
It is a free campground.
Was crowded on Memorial Day Weekend

FISH CREEK CAMPGROUND
Fee Area

JACKASS TRAIL AND MEADOW
Road Closed
Jackass Trailhead 1/2 mile
Jackass Meadow 1 1/2 miles

Road 21S29 towards Hooker Trailhead
Road 21S29 towards Hooker Trailhead

Road 21S29 Camp Area
Road 21S29 - Camp with designer firering

HOOKER TRAILHEAD / ROAD#21S29
Campsites along Road#21S29.
Very few people know about this area.
The road is lined with good campsites
4x4 would be recommended
Passenger cars can navigate this road with caution
We only drove about a mile up the road.
Hooker Creek Trailhead 1.5 miles

BITTER CREEK TRAILHEAD
There is a big parking area
You could camp here overnight.

SOUTH FORK KERN RIVER
As you enter the Sequoia National Forest there is
a bridge that crosses the South Fork Kern River.
You will see RV's in the parking area.
It gets crowded with fishermen
East of the bridge is a road that leads down
to the river with a nice camp area.
4x4 recommended

KENNEDY CAMPGROUND
Fee Area $10.00

DIRECTIONS:
From Johnsondale go west towards Kernville
Stay left at Sherman Pass Road
From Kernville go towards Johnsondale
Turn right on Sherman Pass Road.

Road Closed
Sherman Pass Road and Road #22S12

Sherman Road was closed 12 miles ahead
The sign said due to snow... May 24, 2006
Do you see any evidence of snow???

From Highway 395
Turn west on Nine Mile Canyon Road
The turn is between Little Lake and Pearsonville
There are signs pointing to Chimney Peak Rec.Area
(Nine Mile Canyon is 10 miles of steep upgrades)
Stay on paved road and continue to Kennedy Meadow.
Continuing about a mile to Sequoia National Forest
You will cross a bridge over South Fork Kern River
This is now Sherman Pass Road.

Smokey Bear
Smokey Bear (Old Style)

CHIMNEY PEAK RECREATION AREA
Chimney Creek Campground is classic
10 miles from Jct. of Hwy.395

The NORTH FORK KERN RIVER between Kernville
and Johnsondale offers many camping opportunities and
scenic views. The road follows along the banks of the
North Fork Kern River.

ROAD 20S67 / LLOYD CREEK
Excellent camping area near Johnsondale.
For more information see:
LLOYD CREEK

102.5 FM for Road Reports
1610 AM National Weather Service Broadcast
1140 AM Lake Isabella / Kernsville

Purified Water at Isabella Market in Lake Isabella
Drinking water at Paradise Cove Campground.
Hwy 178, about 4 miles east of Lake Isabella
Showers $.50 / 4 minutes
Water at Horse Meadow Campground.

Camped here May 24, 2006
(Big Meadow/ Public Pasture)
Didn't see any other people or cars.
The night was cold with frost.
The day was just about perfect.

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see: ALTA SIERRA
Also see: BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
CHIMNEY PEAK
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY
Also see:
KEYESVILLE ROAD
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
LLOYD CREEK
Also see:
NORTH FORK KERN RIVER
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

Small Stream with Slime
Small Stream with Slime

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TOURIST PHOTOS

Red Rock Canyon SP
Red Rock Canyon SP

Highway 14
Red Rock Canyon offers some spectacular photos.
Best photos were between 8:30am - 9:30am

natural Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are hundreds of natural arches and
windows throughout the Alabama Hills.
Located west from Lone Pine, CA

Old house in Keeler California
Old house in Keeler, CA

KEELER, CALIFORNIA
Photos from Keeler, CA
Located on Hwy.136
13 miles east from Lone Pine, CA
What a bizarre town... a complete subculture.
Included under the listing for Ghost Towns.

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Free campgrounds and camping
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
SHERMAN PASS ROAD