Cannell Meadow Trail

HARD 22 reviews
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Cannell Meadow Trail is a 18.2 mile out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from June until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

18.2 miles
5016 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking


wild flowers




Directions from Kernville: Travel north about 16 miles on Mtn. 99 and turn right (east) onto Sherman Pass Rd. (22S05) and travel about 10 miles to FS 22S19 and drive a couple hundred feet to the trailhead off the right of the road. The above will get you to the trail head at the top. To start the "normal" way, at the bottom, go to Kernville, drive North on Mountain 99 about 1 mile to the trail head on your right (this is before you get to Riverkern!)

13 days ago

15 days ago

Amazing hike from Sierra Road up to the Meadows yesterday. It's strenuous but not technical, and very rewarding. Fantastic views and some interesting wildlife.

Started out at 9am, got to the Meadows at 1:30pm. Ate lunch for half an hour, then back to the parking lot at 5:15. So 4:30 hours hiking up, 3:15 coming down. I brought 3 litres of water which was just enough.

Very little traffic on trail expect for a few mountain bikers riding down. They can approach very quickly and surprised me at one point - keep your head up.

Would highly recommend for fit, experienced hikers.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Good long ride but difficult in sections. We're planning on doing the Cannell trail from the top but the road is still closed part way up from about 6000ft. You can keep driving the fire road past big meadow to park and join Cannell trail from there. You can also bike from the closed road which is a 2500ft climb.

Rode on a Saturday and did not encounter anyone else except some moto riders towards the end. Some great views and scenes throughout the ride.

I'm a novice and coped but it is difficult and took 5 hours.

Make sure you are well prepared because there is no phone coverage and no one else to help you.

6 months ago

prepare for a continuous uphill battle. it's tough.

7 months ago

My nephew and I completed this as a backpacking trip. We hiked to pine flats which is really beutiful. The wildflowers are beautiful right now. There was still some snow on the ground at pine flats. The trail was very difficult with the fully loaded pack. We were exhasuted by the time we got back and had sore feet becasue the trail is quite rocky. We did not see many people once we got about 2 miles in. We did see a coupl of dirt bikers on the way out. The views of the kern river an lake isabella are amazing. I would not recommend this as a backpackign trip for any beginners.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

This trail was great during the winter. It was green, temperatures were perfect (low 60's), and there were only a few people out using the trail, so you almost have it to yourself. The grade is nowhere near "hard" difficulty, and trail should be categorized as "moderate". There are some areas to go off the main trail after about a mile. Once up on the saddle, we went all the way up Flume Mountain (the one on your left as you go up), which was more challenging than the hike, but doable if you're an experienced hiker. All in all, this was a great trail, and if you're in the area it's worth checking out.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thanks to chris horgan and the stewards of the sequoia for maintaining this trail for everyone to use.
multi use trails can work,without people on motorbikes this trail and others would be overgrown.

Friday, June 19, 2015

off road driving
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This trail is in such great shape due to the hundreds of hours Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers on motorcycles have done brushing the trail, clearing downed trees and maintaining water bars each year over the past decade. Sharing means everyone has more trails. Enjoy!!

Friday, December 05, 2014

The trail is in great shape just a few ruts that the OHV'ers created, good steady uphill climb and its 10 miles one-way to Cannell Mdw. Didn't see any motorcycles or Mtn Bikers or nobody hiking for that matter. Did this hike on 11/28/14 and there is no snow and I was at the 8,000ft level

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Great cardio trail and good one for dogs. Views of Kernville & entire valley from swinging gate which is just over a mile in. Past that quiet valleys & ridges with mello uphill gains till 3 miles out.. Will continue to explore trial on another trip. Bring lots of water as its warm & dry, very hot in summer. No creeks for dogs unless recent rain runoff available .

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tried this as a day hike - and hiked 6 miles out and 6 miles back along this trail. Lovely hike with a steady and constant elevation gain ( about 3000 ft over the 6 miles). Went through Cannell lower meadow, past Powers Peak and along the plunge before turning around. Would like to visit again - backpacking next time. Saw motorcycle tracks but no riders.