Sherman Pass 4×4 Trail

Climb to the very top of Sherman Peak at almost 10,000 feet.

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Trail Overview


Moderate: Steep and narrow in spots with possible muddy sections. Burned trees may fall across the road blocking the trail. No major obstacles. Suitable for aggressive, high-clearance stock SUVs with experienced driver.


The western half of this trail was destroyed by the huge McNally Fire in the summer of 2002. For the first edition of this book, we drove the route with the Bakersfield Trailblazers the following year along with a ranger from the Sequoia National Forest. They assessed damage and repaired what they could. The Trailblazers and Ridgecrest Gear Grinders have continued to maintain the trail since then. As a result of improvements, we have upgraded the trail's rating from difficult to moderate.

Access Description

From Kernville, head north about 20 miles on scenic Sierra Way, Highway 99. Turn right on paved Sherman Pass Road. Go east another 8.2 miles to well-marked Sherman Pass 4x4 Trail on left.

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