Sherman Pass OHV Trail

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Sherman Pass OHV Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kernville, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,362 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

ohv / off road driving



historic site

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Great view but boring drive. Not challenging at all. Also no deer or bear. 5 stars for the view.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Don't know why. Went up there this past weekend and the road just a mile away is closed. All websites said it was open so make sure you do your research before making the drive. Gas is a must before you head up the mountain. If you go down any of the side trails before it have a spare rig and plenty of Jerry cans if you plan on going a longer way.

Sun Sep 03 2017

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.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Oct 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.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Apr 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.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Aug 03 2013

Had a great time that day.. wild turkey, a cabin, view of Sherman Pass road, and on to the top to Sherman Peak. Sherman Peak, elevation 9,909 feet, is on the eastern side of Sequoia National Forest on the edge of the Kern Plateau. It affords tremendous 360 degree views of the Great Western Divide, the Sierra Crest including Mt. Whitney, Langley, and Olancha, and a bird's eye view of the Kern River Canyon and Little Kern River drainage. It is no wonder it was once the site of a fire lookout, but today only a few radio transmitters are on the top. Link to live webcams mounted on various southern Sierra peaks, 6 are on Sherman Peak!

ohv/off road driving
Thu Jun 21 2012

Great drive if you can stand seeing the fire destruction. Steep switchbacks to start, rocky grades to follow, then some beautiful mountain meadows and groves. Stock jeeps might have problems in the rocky areas. Come prepared to deal with fallen trees.

Sun Sep 25 2011

This is a very steep trail with about 4,000ft of elevation gain and its a great workout and hike IF there are no 4x4s using it while your hiking as so happened to me that there was a 4wd club using the trail as I was coming down there must have been 7 of them 4x4s.