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Jawbone to Lake Isabella

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Location Ridgecrest, CA
Rating Easy,
Length 49mi
Time 5hrs

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Long, scenic route crosses high desert.

Long scenic route crosses sprawling high desert from Jawbone OHV Area, climbs above 8,000 feet across the Piute Mountain Range inside Sequoia National Forest, then descends quickly to Lake Isabella. Vast areas of dispersed camping with open riding around Jawbone Station. No greensticker vehicles allowed on Jawbone Canyon Road. Although Forest Road 27S02 is open to green-sticker vehicles, we don’t recommend riding here.


Trail Ratings Defined

We found the road well graded the entire way, but be prepared for ruts and washed-out sections on steep grades. Winter snows may close the road for brief periods at higher elevations. Mud possible in spring.






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Best Time To Go


Closed by snow, hot in summer

Current Conditions

(760) 373-1146, (760) 373-1146.Jawbone Station Visitor Center, Sequoia N.F., Kern River R.D.

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Submitted by Birda
There are no drastic changes to report. Ran the trail as you described just fine in JLU. Jawbone Canyon Rd had recently been graded which made it super easy & smooth.


Submitted by Rigs and Trails
Had great weather, definitely bear left at 501 towards Lake Isabella.


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