Big Meadow to Manter Meadow

moderate 14 reviews
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Big Meadow to Manter Meadow is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


ohv/off road driving
Tue Feb 06 2018

A very easy graded road drive that gives great access to numerous hikes and camping. But it's not the drive but where it gets you. A really nice spot.

Fri Sep 22 2017

Just as an update the trail to drive in has been extended and the hike is now about 1.5 each way. Extremely easy to hike in aswell as exceptional fishing and climbing to be done in these areas. A must visit for those who are unabe yo go long distances or just want a simple relacing weekend.

Mon Apr 24 2017

Did this hike last year with a buddy of mine during November not the best conditions but made it work spectacular views enjoy time catching up with an old friend would do it again

Thu Jan 19 2017

I have been hiking these trails and camping overnight at Manter Meadow since the 1980s. Even after the big fire, nature has taken care of the place and it is as nice as it has ever been. Yeah, the trails need a little work, but it seems like they are keeping up with traffic. the trail beyond the meadow that goes to Little Manter Meadow and towards Rock House Basin is a bit of a mess. I would recommend filtering the water if you're going to be drinking from Manter Creek. However, I know a secret spring that I have been using for almost 40 years and it has always been flowing well.

Fri Jun 20 2014

Took the south trail to the southern end of Manter Mdw, the meadow was nice and green but if you want to hike the other trails in the Domeland Wilderness with the exception of the N. Manter Trail be prepared to do some bushwacking as these trails haven't be maintained for years

Mon Jun 09 2014

The trails in this wilderness area are in need of lots of work as alot of them are to brushy or just plain faint. Just got off of the Woodpecker Trail which is the main trail in this wilderness and I mind as well have been cross-country hiking as this trail is almost non-existant it is good in some places for just a few hundred yards then its back to bushwacking. So unless you like bushwacking or route finding dont waste the time and fuel to drive up here. Thank God I live local.

Thu Aug 01 2013

Took North trail in and South Trail out. Camped at the head of the Manter Creek at the Eastern edge of the meadow. Two large fire rings seperated by 100yds or so. Nice camp spot. Rained all night, big fat drops. Lightening and Thunder. Warm during the day and cool at night.

Thu Jul 19 2012

Took the South Manter Meadow Trail. Late May. Was a great hike, all downhill on the way in. Described as moderate but was easy enough. 2.5 miles one-way, shouldn't take more than 3-4 hours. Down in Manter it was very windy and cold all night. Morning was crisp and frosty but wind was gone. Trail easy to find and stay on. Plenty of shade on the trail. Trail follows a small creek. Bring filter if you don't bring water. Meadow = soggy, don't walk through the meadow. Only saw 6 people walking on the other side of the meadow. Very quite and secluded location.

Fri Dec 02 2011

good hike it feels like your totally isolated there was not many people on the trail, the rock formations are awsome defanatly worth climbing. The only drawback: it was ravaged by fire in 2000 that burned most of the wilderness area but its recovering nicely.

Sat Oct 29 2011

This trail is an old road which starts 3 miles above Long Valley CG,its in good condition and you start down hill and goes all the way to the river. The bad part is its all uphill on the way out.

Sat Oct 20 2018

ohv/off road driving
Sat Oct 06 2018

Sun Jun 03 2018

Fri Aug 25 2017