The Jackass Creek Trail starts at the Fish Creek Camping Area on Sherman Pass Road in the heart of the Sequoia National Forest. This is also referred to as Forest Route 22S05 to Forest Route 35E06. This five-and-a-half-mile hike is not for the faint of heart as there is a lot of steep climbs and rocky areas. The trail is open from May through November, and you are more than welcome to bring your furry family members along on a leash of six feet or longer. You will be sharing the path with mountain bikers and motorcycles; however, it is not heavily populated at any time of the year.
The hike will take you past other access points of the Lost Coast Trails such as Albanita, Deer Creek, Jordan Lookout, and Lion Ridge. Within the first half mile, you will already be feeling the workout as the steep incline lets you know you are climbing higher. Be sure to bring extra water for your fur baby and yourself because you will not find any water fountains on this all-natural hiking path. The only places you will find water or a restroom are Fish Creek Campground.
As you and your pooch trek along the Jackass Meadow, you will be surrounded by oak and pine trees. In the meadow, there are an amazing array of different kinds of colorful wildflowers. Some that you may recognize include yucca, Bellflower, buttercups, blue iris, sunflowers, paintbrushes, poppies, orchids, and lilacs. If you are quiet, you will most likely cross paths with many forest creatures such as sheep, deer, elk, foxes, chipmunks, badgers, and many varieties of birds.
Along the way, you and your fur baby will be climbing mountainous areas and walking down steep grades, crossing several creeks, and climbing over large rocks and boulders. This is an excellent workout with a stellar view of the Sequoia wildlife area and California mountains. Be sure to take photos and prepare to come back again as there is always something new to discover.