Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Quick Facts

Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

California

(559) 784-1500

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Things To Do

Overview

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.

Map of Sequoia Nat'l Forest & Giant Sequoia

Latitude, Longitude: 36.773088, -118.930651

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Activities

  • Boating

    Popular activities for boating include river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.

  • Bicycling

    Numerous trails not designated in the Wilderness areas are open for mountain biking.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are numerous scenic drives throughout The National Forest and National Monument. The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a 50-mile route that climbs through a giant sequoia forest and descends into one of North America's deepest canyons along State Highway 180. Other popular routes are: Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, Western Divide Highway, Kern River Gorge, Hume Lake.

  • Camping

    There are many developed campgrounds throughout the area offering a wide variety of amenities.

    Primitive Camping is allowed in many remote and undeveloped areas in the Sequoia National Forest. Check the area you have chosen for fire restrictions and come prepared to provide all your amenities including drinking water, and waste disposal.

  • Climbing

    Opportunities are available.

  • Fishing

    Anglers will find a wide variety of fishing opportunities ranging from large rivers, to small creeks, to Lake Isabella. In all, the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument has more than 700 miles of fishable streams containing trout.

    Portions of the Kings, Tule, and Kern Rivers flow through deep canyons as they cross the Forest, but don't overlook the numerous smaller creeks that also provide fishing opportunities. The Forest and Monument provide cold water angling for rainbow trout, brown trout, and eastern brook trout. The spectacular golden trout also reside in streams on the Kern Plateau.

    Lake Isabella is a 17 square mile reservoir that provides both warm and cold water fisheries for a multitude of fish species. The reservoir is a popular destination for anglers seeking largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, sunfish, catfish, rainbow trout, and has even been stocked with Chinook salmon.

  • Hiking

    There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in both the National Forest and National Monument. One of the most popular activities is hiking through Sequoia Groves. There are numerous groves thoughout such as the "Trail of 100 Giants". Remote camping is also very popular for longer backpacking trips.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed in Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument unless otherwise posted as closed. There are two companies that operate pack stations within the Sequoia National Forest. They are Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Trains near Quaking Aspen and Horse Corral Pack Station near Big Meadows.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on Forest Service land inside Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. All hunters must be licensed with the California Department of Fish and Game and also possess a license tag when hunting deer and other big game.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation is just one of the many uses allowed on National Forest lands. The Sequoia National Forest offers many opportunities for OHV recreationists.

    State law requires registration of all motor vehicles before being operated on public lands. You must have either a current Green Sticker or Highway license, both issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. If highway licensed, the vehicle must meet all standards for operating on a public highway.

  • Picnicking

    There are numerous day-use areas for visitors and large groups for picknicking throughout the area.

  • Water Sports

    The area's wild and scenic rivers offer miles of excitement for rafts and kayaks. Commercial raft companies have trips available from easy to advanced. Canoes and inner tubes are not recommended. Also check out Lake Isabella for fishing and boating.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter is one of the best times to visit the Monument. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and showmobiling are popular activities. Snowmobiling is limited to road in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round with some facilities and routes closed seasonally due to weather.

Park Partners

Giant Sequoia National Monument Association

Giant Sequoia National Monument Association was founded on and is gaining in capacity through the practice of collaborative principles in promoting conservation, education, and recreational enjoyment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, working with its members and others, the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association is committed to accomplishing these goals:

-Establish a public identity for Giant Sequoia National Monument -Create public awareness and support of the Monument Association and its activities in support of the Monument -Support increased recreational use of the Monument -Foster relationships with governmental agencies and public and private organizations concerning the Monument -Promote stewardship and educational activities on the Monument -Continue to be an active voice to the U.S.D.A. Forest Service on development and implementation of the Monument Plan -Represent constituencies concerned with the Monument

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts operates one of the newest lodgings in the park, Wuksachi Lodge. With 102 rooms and constructed in 1999, the new and spacious Lodge provides visitors with plenty of space.

(559) 565-4070

Directions

Driving

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.

Flying

Less than a two-hour drive from both Fresno and Bakersfield, California.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(559) 784-1500

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

Links

Comments

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