Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
6,937.00 ft (2,114.40 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
30.00 mi (48.28 km)
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The Woodpecker Trail is a 30-mile out-and-back trail located in the Domeland Wilderness northeast of Kernville, California. This trail begins at the Woodpecker Trailhead off Sherman Pass Road (22S05), and travels down Woodpecker Canyon, traversing a rugged landscape characterized by granite domes, spires and interesting rock formations. The trail passes through beautiful meadows and flowing streams as well as difficult terrain with lots of ups and downs. The trail is open for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. 

DESCRIPTION

After leaving the trailhead, the Woodpecker Trail descends about 2,000 feet towards Dark Canyon. It then climbs back up (nearly another 2,000 feet) and crosses the Domeland Trail. This area features  interesting rock formations and some of the region's most renowned granite domes, such as Bart Dome, which is highly regarded among rock climbers. 

A steep descent leads to the largest meadow within Domeland Wilderness, Manter Meadow. Also passes Church Dome, one of Domeland's most prominent features. Located in a rugged, remote area, Church Dome consists of several "domes" or "spires" and is another popular rock climbing location. 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Sherman Pass Road closed in winter. 

  • Crossing Trout Creek can be difficult to impossible depending on the amount of snow melt.

  • The Woodpecker Trail has some poorly maintained sections that are difficult to follow and several steep ups and downs.

CAMPING AND PERMITS

Wilderness permits are not required. 

Campfire permits are required. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

2

Pros

Rock formations. Meadows. Streams.

Cons

Some parts unmaintained.

Trailhead Elevation

8,300.00 ft (2,529.84 m)

Highest point

8,326.00 ft (2,537.76 m)

Features

Wildlife
Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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