Snowmobile Trail Guide Sequoia National Forest

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Snowmobile Trail Information

Welcome to the Sequoia National Forest! Here is a guide to Oversnow Vehicle (OSV) trails on the Kern Plateau to use with the OSV trail map. OSV trails are marked at each trailhead with a rectanglular shaped sign that is brown with reflective white lettering. These signs state the difficulty rating of the trail and trail number. The OSV map is 11x17" and cannot be legibly scanned for internet use. You may pick up a free copy of the OSV map at Kernville Ranger Station or send a business size SASE requesting a OSV map copy to Canyon Connection, P.O. Box 334, Kernville, CA 93238-0334. Enjoy your stay and please help protect the resources of the area by staying on designated OSV trails and observing the Winter Recreation Code of Ethics listed in this guide.

Be aware that all OSV trails are also utilized by Nordic skiers, hikers and stock users.

CAUTION: A phone line exists on the Kern Plateau that is in the same vicinity of some of the OSV trails. PLEASE READ THE OSV MAP AND BE AWARE OF ITS LOCATION. The phone line begins at the Blackrock Information Station crossing the Blackrock Road. It then parallels the Sherman Pass Road on the west side for about 2½ miles, where it crosses, again paralleling, the east side of Sherman Pass Road for about 1½ miles. The phone line then crosses the Sherman Pass Road on the west side for about ½ mile, and then back to the east side of the Sherman Pass Road for about ½ mile It then crosses the Mahogany Trail where it dead ends at the Bald Mountain Lookout.


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Snowmobile Trail Directory

Name Trail Number Miles Expertise Back to Directory
Sherman Pass Trail 22S05 25 Beginners
Mosquito Trail 22S19 3 Beginners
Corral Meadow Trail 22S26 2 Beginners
Corral Loop Trail 22S26B 2 ALL
Trout Creek Trail 33E28 1 Advanced Back to Directory
Schaeffer Trail 33E24 1 Advanced
Bonita Trail 22S41 4.5 ALL
Mahogany Trail 34E25 2.4 Intermediate +
Blackrock Trail 21S03 8 ALL
Smith Trail 21S36 3 ALL
Monache Trail 34E38 2 Intermediate + Back to Directory

SHERMAN PASS TRAIL (22S05) -
Trail begins 7 miles up the Sherman Pass Road at the snow line. It offers a variety of scenic vistas and is the main trail that connects you with the other trails. Best suited for beginners. (25 miles)


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MOSQUITO TRAIL (22S19) -
This trail is off the Sherman Pass Trail and is above 9,000' elevation. It takes you to Mosquito Meadow, there dead ending. Best suited for beginners. (3 miles)


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CORRAL MEADOW TRAIL (22S26) -
This trail starts from the Sherman Pass Trail taking you to Corral Meadow, passing by the Corral Loop Trail and the Trout Creek Trail. Best suited for beginners. (2 miles)


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CORRAL LOOP TRAIL (22S26B) -
This trail starts at the Corral Meadow Trail and takes you by several meadows, ending at the Sherman Pass Trail. Suitable for all riders. (2 miles)


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TROUT CREEK TRAIL (33E28) -
By taking the Corral Meadow Trail you will connect with this trail. It is a scenic trail that takes you by Corral Meadow, and then on to the Schaeffer Trail. Suitable for advanced riders. (1 mile)


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SCHAEFFER TRAIL (33E24) -
Trail begins at Corral Meadow and ends at West Meadow connecting with the Bonita Trail. Suitable for advanced riders. (6.7 miles)


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BONITA TRAIL (22S41) -
Trail starts at Paloma Meadow and will take you to Bonita Meadow and West Meadow. Suitable for all riders. (4.5 miles)


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MAHOGANY TRAIL (34E25) -
This trail starts at Bald Mountain intersection and will take you to Troy Meadow and to the Sherman Pass Trail. This ideal loop is best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (2.4 miles)


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BLACKROCK TRAIL (21S03) -
This trail starts at the Blackrock Information Station, intersecting with the Smith Trail, and ends at the Blackrock Trailhead. Suitable for all riders. (8 miles)


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SMITH TRAIL (21S36) -
This trail begins 4 miles north of the Blackrock Information Station via the Blackrock Trail. This trail is very scenic, taking you past Smith and Powell Meadows. It will lead you to Monache Meadows on the Inyo National Forest. NOTE: Be sure you have enough gas for the round trip. Suitable for all riders. (3 miles)


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MONACHE TRAIL (34E38) -
Trail begins at the end of the Smith Trail and takes you into Monache Meadows on the Inyo National Forest. Best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. (2 miles)


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Winter Recreation Code of Ethics:

  1. I will respect the rights of all winter recreationists to enjoy the beauty of the winter wonderland. I will respect public and private property.
  2. I will park considerately, taking no more space than needed, without blocking other vehicles or impeding access to trails, or , without impeding access for emergency vehicles.
  3. I will keep to the right when meeting another winter recreationist. I will yield the right-of-way to traffic moving downhill.
  4. I will slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another.
  5. I will respect designated areas, trail use signs and established ski tracts.
  6. When stopping, I will not block the trail.
  7. I will not disturb wildlife. I will avoid areas posted for the protection or feeding of wildlife.
  8. I will pack out everything I packed in and will not litter.
  9. I realize that my destination objective and travel speed should be determined by my equipment, ability, the terrain, weather, and the traffic on the trail. In case of emergency, I will volunteer assistance.
  10. I will not interfere with or harass others. I recognize that people judge all skiers or snowmobilers by my actions.

OSV's licensed with green stickers are permitted ONLY on designated OSV trails.

All OSV roads and trails are maintained by "'GREEN STICKER" program funds.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Kernville Ranger Station
PO Box 6
105 Whitney Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781 (Voice/ext. 202 TDD)
Blackrock Information Service
Sherman Pass Road (22S05)
at the 4-way intersection
(559) 539-2607 ext. 276
(Closed during winter months)


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