Kennedy Mdws, aka Kern Plateau 5/24-?

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On Sunday, May 27th, my oldest son & I’ll will be staging for the day only @ the Troy Mdws (Campsite) Overflow between 8-9am. Come & join us for some alpine single track in one of finer places to ride in Ca. We’ll see & legally ride thru breath-taking meadows, tall pines & aspens, granite outcroppings, & stream crossings; almost as picturesque as Colorado/Lake Tahoe area. Last year I came upon a black bear, which proceeded to scoot up the trail in front of me.

It should be in the high 60s. Elevation is 8k’+, snow in some spots.

Brett r will be camping @ Osa Meadows from the 24th on. We plan on joining up w/him for a loop to Monache Mdws., which is just south of Mt. Whitney.

Bring fishing gear if so inclined & U decided to spend more time there.
 

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I hate to miss that one. Never rode that area and heard nothing but good stuff. Please post again on the next one. BTW, how long is the drive?
 
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I am almost possitive Kiwi, TTRGuy and I will be there this weekend. I don't know when Kiwi will arrive but TTRGuy and I will most likely arrive early Sat moring (26th) and leave Monday (28th).
I've never been to Kennedy Meadows and I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe we'll bump into ya placelast. :)
 
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Where Ya' all Campin'?

GSR: of course U were speaking figuratively (two-way trails up there.)

R U all camping near Brett R @ Osa Mdws? Or Troy? Either way, we'll stop by & say hi. Go right by Fish Creek Cmpgrnd; too hilly, & sound travels all too well.

Let me know if U need trail/loop suggestions.
 
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Sure, figuratively, that's what how I meant it. ;)

Not sure where we'll be camping, waiting to hear back from Kiwi. Brett did offer camping near him, may do that. I've never been there before so I am not familiar with the area, Kiwi is though.

You know my riding abilities (or lack there of!) so any trail loop suggestions would be very welcome. :)
 
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Aimee,
My girlfriend will be there and you 2 would be perfect riding partners.It looks like we may have a nice size group with all skill levels so everyone will have someone to ride with.
 
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Oh, yeah: hooking up w/bretts g/f may be a better thing.

& if that furry-faced bird (sorry, can't bring myself to hugging him just yet) knows the trails, then this may be irrelevant; he's well qualified to do the leading. We wouldn't mind doing some of the tougher sections w/him, tho.

Either way, there's plenty of options 4 U (hugs aside, lol).

Here’s what I’d recommend if you stay @ Troy Mdws camp; we did these loops last year based on prior discussions w/some of the more seasoned riders we met in the campground & talked to (U will need a map to follow; get one @ the Kennedy Meadows General Store on your way in or @ Blackrock Information Station, 2.5 mi. beyond Troy Mdws):

When exiting camp, turn left @ the stop sign onto the paved road, then after ~15-20 feet take an immediate right off of the road and another right onto 34E03 & go by the edge of the Troy Mdws overflow (camping). There will be a dirt road which U will come upon, which goes to the overflow & beyond (21S97).

(The reason for zigzagging in this manner is if the rangers see you on the pavement any more than the ~20’ they will write tickets, so said one of the old timers, who watched them do so.)

Turn left onto 21S97, stay on for a short ~100 feet, then turn right onto 34E27, which will take U quite a ways, to 35E06 - turn left there, then straight onto 34E02; this last one will take U to where brett r & co. R staying (Osa Msws); follow the dirt road that crosses this trail off to your left to visit his camp if so inclined.

To go back, take 34E01, left on 35E06, right on 34E27 to camp. This loop is just over 30 miles ‘round trip, so U’d B fine w/the MX tank.

Going out, there is a tough switchback near Beach Mdw.; other than that it’s do-able 4 U. Just enough of a challenge but not over your head. Take a camera; the meadows are spectacular. It was on this loop where I followed the bear.

My oldest & I will likely be doing the same loop out of Troy (we wouldn't mind basing in Osa but would rather use the time riding the trails up), but once @ Osa Mdws we will hookup w/brett & continue on east to Monache Mdws, then back to Troy via Jackass Trail. I haven’t been that way in decades but it looks like it’s a bit longer, perhaps 45 miles total. Feel free to join us, however, big tanks R recommended.

As an alternate route on our 2nd time up last summer (we went 2x; once in July, then again in August), instead of turning around & heading back @ Osa we continued on w/ 34E26, 35E02, 35E06, then 34E27 back to Troy for 35 miles total. It was a good addition but not nearly as fun nor as picturesque as the other loops described herein.

For a second loop I recommend continued straight out (south) of Troy on 21S97, which turns into 34E25, 34E07, left on 34E01, then veer off to the right onto 33E24, left on 33E28, 34E10, then back to camp on 34E01, 34E07, 34E25; I remember it being between 30-35 miles ‘round trip & a bit more demanding in the closer to camp section. 34E24 has a narrow rocky section – take your time thru there. 34E01 is very whooped out, so much that’s tiring whether U go slow or fast; didn’t matter. 34E01 has a short but scary stepped rock climb, & there’s another similar tough section on 34E10. It’s best to let someone else take your bike over the few sections. May I suggest you truck in your bike to Bonita Meadows, thereby avoiding all but one tough section. Other than that, it’s an outrageously beautiful loop, especially Bonita Mdws. In early July the flowers were spectacular; they were all but gone in August.

Troy Meadows campground has some spots w/running tap water & pit toilets; the overflow is primitive camping. No burn permit is needed within the campgrounds, only outside of them.
 
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WOW! Thanks placelast. Looks like I will definitely need to make sure I get a map! Are the trails marked? Uh, Kiwi may be "qualified" to do the leading, but that sure as hell doesn't mean I'm gonna follow him! :p I'm not that crazy. :)

Brett, what does your girlfriend ride? How old is she (not that it matters, just curious) :) I think I would like to camp near you guys. We're going to leave early and go up on Sat morning. It is about a 4 hour drive for us.

Does anyone know what it's like at night there? Am I going to freeze my caboose off?! (not that that wouldn't be a blessing!) :eek:

Oooh, 3 more days, can't wait! :)
 
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30 to 40 at night during the day 60 to 80 last year was warm during the day we even went swimming.Melissa is 28 and rides a ttr 125 she likes to ride slow and take in the scenery.She has finished a few of the twmc beginner enduros but does not try to win she just tries to finish.She is leaving sat morn also you may be able to hook up along the way and she can lead you into camp.If you still ride that rm 125 you may need to rejet,probably drop the main one size and move the needle clip up one.Also you wont need to bring firewood.I just checked the temps up there the high today was 72 the low last night was 36
 
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As usual it will be down to the wire for us. Motors are coming back from the shop on Wednesday and we are planning on going up Thursday. Eric will be assembling the bikes in the back of the truck while I drive.;)

My brother and his family are coming up Friday, his boys are 7 and 5. Does anyone know if other kids are coming up?

Brett r, Glad to here Melissa is going to be there.
 
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Same old,then he will be jetting on the trail while i sit and watch.make sure his bike is running before we go on a ride.Hawners knee is bothering him from the race at least that what he says maybe he just wants to sit around and coctail all weekend.I am meeting Jason and all his crew in mojave thur at 6 am then were caravaning up there.George from twmc is going with his son nick who I think is around 12? maybe we will take a group ride to the swimming hole we found last year.
 
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Originally posted by gospeedracer
Uh, Kiwi may be "qualified" to do the leading, but that sure as hell doesn't mean I'm gonna follow him! :p I'm not that crazy. :)
gospeedracer, what on earth are you talking about! :p

You'll have to let me know what the riding is like up there when you get back.

Aw man, I wish I could go too! :(
 
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I'm looking forward to a ride to the swimmin' hole.
I'll be sure to pack my suit.

Tell Hawner I still have those three bottles of Champagne he can finish for me. I hear Champagne is really good for sore knees something about the bubbles.
 
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Originally posted by brett r
Also you wont need to bring firewood.I just checked the temps up there the high today was 72 the low last night was 36
I'm unclear as to why we wouldn't need to bring firewood. Because you don't think it will be cold enough or because there is enough to scavenge around the camp site? We are going to need firewood to cook at night and temps as low as 30-40 sure as hell warrant a fire in MY book! ;)

Mrs. Vixen it will be nice to meet you as well as all the others. :)