Sequoia National Forest
Current SEQUOIA TRAVELERS VISITORS GUIDE 5 meg pdf
The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The landscape is as spectacular as its 38 groves of giant sequoia. Majestic granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and lush meadows await your discovery at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers the Sequoia National Forest which consists of five ranger districts. The Tule River, Hot Springs, Cannell Meadow, and Greenhorn comprise the southern unit. The Hume Lake Ranger District is the northern unit. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, U.S. Department of Interior, separate these two units of the Sequoia National Forest.
The Sequoia is one of nineteen National Forests in California. 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. The Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west.
Sequoia National Forest recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary.
If the land could speak, it would tell many stories of Native Americans,
cattle, gold prospecting, lumber camps, sheep drives, early day resorts,
hot springs, pack stations, and isolated forest guard stations and
fire lookouts. One hundred years ago in July 1908, the Sequoia National
Forest was formed and the Forest Service became responsible for the
perpetuation of the natural and cultural assets within the national
forest boundary. Find out more at this USFS
Sequoia centennial page.
vehicle users, and horseback riders have over 1,500 miles of maintained
roads, 1000 miles of abandoned roads, and 850 miles of trails in the
forest available for their use and enjoyment. The Pacific Crest National
Scenic Trail, which stretches 2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico, crosses
the Sequoia National Forest for approximately 78 miles. The three National
Recreation Trails in the forest are: Summit, Cannell Meadow, and Jackass
Creek. Other points of interest on the forest include: Hume Lake, Chicago
Stump, Cannell Meadow Station, Kern River, Kings River, Dome Rock and
Needles. The Sequoia contains portions of six designated wilderness
areas: Kiavah, Monarch, South Sierra, Dome Land, Jennie Lakes and Golden
Trout. Specific winter activity areas accessible by highway are: Hume
Lake Ranger District at Cherry Gap and Quail Flat; Tule River Ranger
District in the vicinity of Quaking Aspen Campground; and Greenhorn
Ranger District at Greenhorn Summit.
a major role in temperature and precipitation on the Sequoia National
Forest. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April.
At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Winter temperatures
well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate
the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to
produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when
venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered",
ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include
some kind of rain gear.
For more specific information visit the USFS Sequoia National Forest Page