Sequoia National Forest and Sherman Pass

We spent a secluded weekend at Rodeo Flats in the Sequoia National Forest, at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevadas. As a fun side trip, we took the Sherman Pass Road from Kennedy Meadow Road, down to the Kern River. The scenic road is remote, 4×4, fun, and after cresting at 9,200′, drops rather quickly down to the Kern River Highway.

Carol got in a quick ride on one of the dirt bike trails. As it turns out, dirt bike trails have lots of sand and whoops - not so good for mountain biking. Instead of riding, I got to watch my broken back heal.
Carol got in a quick ride on one of the dirt bike trails. As it turns out, dirt bike trails have lots of sand and whoops – not so good for mountain biking. Instead of riding, I got to watch my broken back heal.
Our dispersed camp site near Rodeo Flats, sans tourists.
Our dispersed camp site near Rodeo Flats, sans tourists.
The east/top end of the Sherman Pass Road.
The east/top end of the Sherman Pass Road.
After skirting the north side of Sherman Peak, the road begins to drop off, revealing some spectacular views. A majority of the trees had been killed from a recent wildfire.
After skirting the north side of Sherman Peak, the road begins to drop off, revealing some spectacular views. A majority of the trees had been killed from a recent wildfire.
A couple times, when the road dropped off fairly steeply, Carol decided that walking was better than riding. The burned trees gave us great views that we'd otherwise not have (read: high anxiety).
A couple times, when the road dropped off fairly steeply, Carol decided that walking was better than riding. The burned trees gave us great views that we’d otherwise not have (read: high anxiety).
The walking continues ...
The walking continues …
Bald Mountain fire Lookout.
Bald Mountain fire Lookout.
Minutes before we arrived at the Bald Mountain LO, a nearby wildfire had erupted. The ranger told us that little fires like this are fairly common during the summer months. Many times, the fires are so remote and non-threatening, that they're left alone, to burn out on their own.Minutes before we arrived at the Bald Mountain LO, a nearby wildfire had erupted. The ranger told us that little fires like this are fairly common during the summer months.
Minutes before we arrived at the Bald Mountain LO, a nearby wildfire had erupted. The ranger told us that little fires like this are fairly common during the summer months. Many times, the fires are so remote and non-threatening, that they’re left alone to burn out on their own.
Grumpy Bear's restaurant and bar. The lady in the box cooks the food you order, which, by the way, she can't make because they're out of everything you'd like to order. The lady on the right was watching the rain out the window and thoroughly enjoying the afternoon, if we catch our drift.
Grumpy Bear’s restaurant and bar. The lady in the box cooks the food you order, which, by the way, she can’t make because they’re out of everything you’d like to order. The lady on the right was watching the rain out the window and thoroughly enjoying the afternoon, if we catch our drift.
Sunset at Rodeo Flats in the southern Sierras.
Sunset at Rodeo Flats in the southern Sierras.

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