Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Sequoia National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, took my dog and the wildflowers were beautiful

off road driving
1 month ago

Beginner to off roading and took the trail no problem. There were some difficult spots and some optional difficult spots. Overall, was a fun day.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail for beginners. Plenty of areas for photos. Amazing range of scenery from desert hills to dense forest. View from the top is incredible! Plenty of areas to stop and take it all in.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pretty easy and quiet trail (during the week at least). It's a nice spot to get lost in, not that that is easy to do.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pleasant enough alternative to CA 178 but not something outstanding and once done I doubt you'll return.

off road driving
3 months ago

First time taking my suv off the road! Great trail that was well maintained with a variety of views. Just getting to the trail itself was beautiful. Vast rocky hills at jawbone canyon with plenty of dirt bike and atv trails. The climb isn’t too steep in any areas. Plenty of places to stop along the way. The views are spectacular. Early January was perfect. Brisk air with a few piles of snow at the very top but no icy patches. Takes a while to complete this drive and the end point is a dead zone, so be sure to get directions home ahead of time!

Yesterday was my first time on this trail and I wasn't impressed by it. The time it took to get up there I could have went to a better location. In some spots the view was beautiful but those spots were two far in between, in my opinion.

off road driving
6 months ago

This was a great and very fun trail. Wasn't to hard but had a few challenging spots.

off road driving
6 months ago

came from the 58 freeway I was confused at first because it didn't look like a trail, it looked like a dirt road with bunch of privet properties gates so just keep going you will find yourself high up in the forest before you know it.

beautiful views
beautiful trees
high elevation

This is not close to Springville as stated in opening description. Springville is used as Sherman Peak is in Tulare County. To access Sherman Peak you depart out of Kernville which is Kern County. Many of the Sequoia National Forrest hikes listed here are more easily reached through Kernville.

off road driving
8 months ago

did this in the dark as we got a late start. This is easy dirt road with a few minor obstacles. The whole road can be driven with car and some care. We traveled the whole length moving slowly avg 15 mph All the way to the 155 connection. It was a great trip and the first one on a used 4 wheel drive i had just bought. So we were gambling on a breakdown on a road I had never been on , but with the great info available here on ALLTRAILS we had a great adventure. Recommend this road for pleasant day or night trip

Nice and easy. Beautiful views.

scenic driving
10 months ago

In the spring/summer months when the weather is warm and dry, the roads are easy to travel on with a vehicle that has clearance. In the colder rain/snow seasons you vehicle best have off road capabilities. I drove up during moderate/heavy rain fall with my stock Jeep that has mud terrain tires, but i kept sliding. So I had to turn around. The drive is nice for clearing your head, connecting with nature, or just to enjoy the company of a friend(s). Watch out for COWS. There are a few camp sites going up towards Alta Sierra. There is also a creek going through an off-road trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

I did the walking version of this trail, where the word trail is really road. The roads were closed so start point was Red Rock Ranger station also closed. The total mileage is 16.4 round trip. It is located about 15-20 miles away from Kennedy Meadows. One will need at a min in early spring 3 liters of water.

For a trekker like me the elevation gains are gradual and easy the road walking is a bummer. The original pictures posted are not representative of the path the pictures I posted are. The route leads to a primitive campground.

After further review the stated route needs to be expanded about another 1/2 mile to get to Smith Meadow. On foot at the end point the meadow is not visible.

In route there are several meadows and flowing springs this is why I rated at three stars.

Perfect weather during this time of the year. If you are looking for a very quiet hike, this is the place. The road to the trail is bumpy but worth the trip.

off road driving
Monday, April 03, 2017

As of April 2nd the road is closed at Shirley meadows. About 19 miles up coming from 178 it starts getting bad deep rain ruts and a lot of downed trees and boulders across the rd. Looks like a tornado came through here. Tried a nice easy Sunday drive and left with some new booboo's on the truck. Still a lot of traffic on the road but you will have to turn around and head back the gate is locked at 30 mile mark. Views still great not many wildflowers though. Still a 5 star day with the family.

backpacking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Great time of year to go. The trail is well maintained and the grass is the perfect height. The road up isn't that bad, there's few rocks and the only ruts are from water drainage. The directions link above takes you past the trailhead, make sure you don't pass it unless you want to travel even rougher roads and see an old house.

Great hike loved the views. The water is flowing so crossing over the streams can be a little challenging. But if you don't mind getting your feet wet you'll be ok!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fun trail, be careful in winter road becomes very icy but great drive and nice place to go star gazing

off road driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fun times with the family off roading. Got a good mount of snow on our last trip around Christmas.

off road driving
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Very fun, ran in stock '98 4 runner with stock locker (which we used once on the steep up) and zero other trouble. Oh there was a downed tree we had to take outta the road so yeah bring a saw. Did it solo but a second rig might have been nice.

off road driving
Thursday, August 25, 2016

fun drive

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I don't know if it was because of the El Niño but the ruts are deep the climbs were steep with rocks on the climbs. Holy smokes batman it was pretty awesome and it was a challenge. I loved it

Beautiful hike!! Once you turn off on Rancheria Road it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to the trailhead because it's windy. When you are about 1.25 miles from the trailhead you'll see a sign for the Oak Flat Lookout. Keep going and you'll see the trailhead sign for Badger Gap. You have to just pull off to the side of the little side road to park on the grass. There's a picnic table and bench at the trailhead. The grass was pretty tall and covering the trail in several spots but you can see the trail up ahead so you just have to wade through the grass. The wild flowers and views are seriously breathtaking!

We went about an hour and 45 minutes out and then tuned around. I want to do the 5 miles to the Kern River Trail next time, when I have all day. We didbt seventeen else on the trail at all.

I did have to remove some ticks after the hike and there are tons of fox tails along the trail- so just be aware of those things.

This was a great workout- nothing too crazy but I could feel it in my legs on the way back which was a little more uphill.

I can't recommend this trail enough for a lovely day hike!

amazing view!

off road driving
Friday, April 01, 2016

Going up Sherman Peak on the burned out side, was rocky and tippy. Once we made it to the top it was a pretty forested area with occasional rocky areas. Recommend traveling with another rig on this trail. Great time and I will do this run again.

scenic driving
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nice drive as you get further into it. Part of it is closed during the winter months, so be prepared for that. Some sections were not well maintained, so definitely consider this one "off roading", and leave your sedan at home.

Great! Pretty steep.

Kinda steep for lugging a baby on my back. Very nice view though, especially the drive up.

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