Shepard Saddle 4x4 Road

MODERATE 13 reviews
#61 of 86 trails in

Shepard Saddle 4x4 Road is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,647 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Some users have reported a closed gate 2 miles into this trail. The dirt road starts about 10 miles up the North Fork Road in Three Rivers. It's a bit hard to see on the sharp left curve. Rutted for 1/2 mile then smooth dirt. At 2 miles you'll pass a gate to enter Sequoia National Park. At 4 miles you'll pass another gate and the road becomes Sycamore down to The General's Hwy / Hwy 198 and the park employee housing.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Made a few YouTube videos of Shepard

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off road driving
2 months ago

This trail is good for beginners I went up in the rain if it were dry could have done it all in 2wd deep washouts and mud made it challenging without a 2nd vehicle

off road driving
blowdown
washed out
2 months ago

Overall it was a fun day. Definitely a technical trail. As a beginner it pushed me to the limits of my knowledge and experience. Large washed out trenches throughout the trail and eventually impassable. We met hikers that told us it wouldn’t have mattered anyways since the trail leads into the park and the park gate is always locked. Allowed me to experience getting stuck and I stuck for myself without being in too much peril. Super scenic with a couple pull off-ish areas.

hiking
2 months ago

From reading the reviews, we knew this would be tough, but the route was still more technical than expected. We actually turned around prior to the park gate so did not even go 2 miles. Now, we are new to off roading so this trail might not be that hard for people with more experience. The views are great and this would be an easy hike.

off road driving
3 months ago

first time up here, we took our quads. it's pretty good hidden place. first few miles are technical, you really need to pick your path. over all good place for a quick trip

3 months ago

This should not be rated EASY!!! The ruts are insane. I wouldn’t even consider taking a long wheel base my lifted Rubicon with 35’s were perfect for this trail not sure how smaller tires kept up. Super fun but def a clincher

off road driving
Friday, April 13, 2018

Pretty difficult for even a 4x4 w/ 3" lift. Really glad we aired down before starting, parts of the trail are washed out and had alot of rocks some really deep (and scary) ruts. After 2 miles, came across a closed gate and had to turn around. We went into the sequoia foothills visitor center to ask about it, and was told it is a park ranger only trail. If this is really the case I wish there was sign at the start of the road.

off road driving
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fun trail but should be rated more difficult for off roading. We had to stop and reverse about a mile in because of a deep 4 foot rut on one side and a drop off on the other. Will attempt again when we have someone else with us in case things go bad

Saturday, December 16, 2017

how do I get gate access? or is it open during the seasons?

off road driving
Sunday, June 04, 2017

fun

Sunday, May 07, 2017

nice trail with great view's

off road driving
11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017