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Old 07-22-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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Monache Meadows

Looking into a trip to Monache Meadows up by Kernville in August. The trail description says that it's not recomendaed for full sized vehicles due to some tight spots where the trail makes its way through the trees. I'm pretty confident I can manage it but wanted to hear from anyone who has done it if they feel an e350 will be able to negotiate any tight turns we will encounter.

Thanks for any input and thanks for the heads up we got for checking out this area. Looking forward to a few days of relaxing with the family!

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Old 07-22-2015, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: Monache Meadows

It's awesome but I wouldn't recommend it without 4X4. We didn't have any issues last year.


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Old 07-22-2015, 08:50 AM   #3
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4wd is not an issue, it's actually one of my considerations for picking out areas to explore. The harder it is to get to, the more peaceful it is once you arrive...
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:31 PM   #4
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Re: Monache Meadows

We just spent a weekend in Kernville, and exited via Sherman Pass road and Kennedy Meadows. I was hoping to make it back to Monache, but we just ran out of time and ended up camping in the Troy Meadows campground. Very quiet though, 1 camper per loop last Monday.

You might want to know that fires aren't allowed in the Sequoia and Inyo National Forest, but gas stoves are ok with a California Campfire permit (available online).

The boy wanted to try some fishing, but that South fork of the Kern has basically dried up. We plan on going back in a wetter year, for a longer trip there.

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