Filed Under: Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback, Hunting, Paddling, Skiing
Located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, is the Sequoia National Forest. The Forest comprises about 1.1 million acres. It takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the Forest's lower slopes. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls such as Salmon Creek Falls near Fairview, and Grizzly Falls on the Kings River. The Sequoia's meadows resulted from glacial action thousands of years ago. The Sequoia National Forest offers year-round recreation. Trout, found in nearly every stream and lake, include the unique golden trout in certain high-country streams. Deer and bear are the principal big game animals. Quail and squirrels are the primary small game. The Western Divide, Indian Basin, and the Kern Plateau offer spectacular fall color scenes. Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
From Porterville, the forest can be reached via several routes including state highway 155, and 190. From Bakersfield, the forest can be reached via state highway 178.