Sirretta Peak

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Sirretta Peak is a 7.2 mile lightly 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 May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,217 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

ohv / off road driving






off trail

off trail
7 months ago

6/29/19 This was a very fun trail to hike. I recorded 7.2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. The trail begins along the dirt road next to the North Big Meadow campgrounds. You hike among tall pine trees and lush green meadows. There are a couple of shallow creek crossings as well. The creeks are spring fed, so you’ll have water even when there’s no snow melt. The trail is clear and easy to navigate except for the last mile where are you leave Sirretta Trail for the summit. It gets steep and very rocky. There is no clear trail on this last part. You must look for the cairns (stacks of rocks) to lead the way to the summit. Of course, you can’t really get lost at that point since you just need to keep going up! The summit is a huge pile of boulders which you will need to climb (Class 2) about 20 feet to the top. There you will see the USGS medallion indicating the summit. To the East, there is a man made stack of rocks higher than the summit with what appears to be a summit register inside a crate. Brace yourself for a stunning 360 degree view, with snow capped peaks to the North and East and Big Meadow to the South. Remember to bring a jacket and maybe gloves and beanie even in the summer. The summit is nearly 10,000 ft in elevation, so it gets cold and windy really easily. The worst part about doing this hike was the drive to the trail head. From Sherman pass road, you go south on Cherry Hill Rd. (22S12) towards Big Meadow for about 14 miles and then east on 23S07 for 3/4 mile. Unfortunately, Cherry Hill Rd. goes from asphalt to a rocky dirt road. You do not need a 4 x 4 or a high clearance vehicle, however the ride would be much smoother in a vehicle with high profile tires. I did it in a sports car!