Mountain Bike Rides in the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Sherman Peak Trail


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A steep forested trail that climbs a ridge up to Sherman Peak at 9909 ft.

On one of the easier sections of trail
So much easier on the way back down.

Black Diamond

5 Miles.
900 feet of climbing.
900 feet of drop.

Out 'n' Back.

  • 600+ feet of climbing
  • 4100+ feet of drop
  • Shuttle Ride
  • (Lower section can be ridden uphill)
  • Motorized Multi-Use Trail
  • Top Elevation: 6000 ft
  • Lower Elevation: 2500 ft
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Access: Haviliah, Lake Isabella



On the trail

The climb to Sherman Peak, at almost 10,000 high, is a wonderful summer workout. Often called the "Bonus," the trail is sometimes added to the Cannell Trail for additional epicness. It is also another way to access the Cedar Canyon Trail. Even as a stand alone ride, it packs a punch for a 5 mile pedal. The reward is one of the very best views in the Southern Sierra!

Sherman Peak Trail ascends from the parking area at Sherman Pass, opposite the Cannell Trailhead. (Dont confuse it with another trail, Sherman Pass Tr, that drops from the parking area and is one way to ride into the Meadows Loop or Cedar Canyon Ride.)

One view
Looking into Domelands Wilderness from the Peak.

The majority of the trail is on good but-sometimes-steep and rocky singletrack. After about 2 miles, the trail merges onto Sherman Peak 4x4 Road. At that point, turn left and climb to the peak. A radio tower is at the top, along with several webcams pointed at the amazing and far-reaching views.

On a clear day, the panoramic vista is immense. A few pieces of eye candy include a view of the striking Kern River Canyon slicing through the heart of the High Sierra from Mt Whitney, mega granite feautres in Domelands Wilderness, Olancha Peak, Dome Rock and the Needles, the Western Divide, Kaweah Range, even an itty-bitty view of Telescope Peak in Death Valley.

With so much terrain in sight, the inspiration for plotting new adventures is impossible to resist.

Elevation Profile

Sherman Peak Elevation Profile


Sherman Pass / Cannell Trailhead. From Kernville, the trailhead is 1+ hour away. Drive up Mtn 99, then turn right before the Johnsondale Bridge onto Sherman Pass Drive and go up to the parking area at the top.

Dont Get Lost!
Kernville Adventure Map

This trail and optional routes are depicted on the local adventure map:

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