CALIFORNIA SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
1,115,375 acres. This National Forest consists of several tracts near and adjacent to Sequoia National Park, in southcentral California. It includes high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, with 12,432-foot Mount Florence the top elevation.
There are rugged peaks, granite domes, rock formations, deep canyons, foothills, and areas of desert here, along with some lakes, rivers, and creeks with waterfalls.
Of special interest are the many giant sequoias, which stand as high as 270 feet, with diameters which occasionally exceed 30 feet. There are also forests of mixed conifers, oak woodlands, and grasslands. Wildlife includes mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, and fox.
Sequoia National Forest has five designated wilderness areas: 142,855 acres of the 305,484-acre Golden Trout Wilderness, the 94,695-acre Dome Land Wilderness, 24,650 acres of the 63,000-acre South Sierra Wilderness, 23,800 acres of the
45,000-acre Monarch Wilderness, and the 10,500-acre Jennie Lakes Wilderness.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on over 900 miles of trails, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 113), as well as the 40-mile Silver Knapsack Trail. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous.
Horseback riding is allowed on most trails. Cross-country skiing is possible on some of the trails during winter. The Kings River is suitable for rafting and kayaking, and fishing is available. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout most of the National Forest, except where posted otherwise. A wilderness permit, available in person or by mail, is required to camp in the Golden Trout Wilderness or along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Campsites should be at least 100 feet from trails and water sources. A fire permit must be obtained from a forest office in order to use a stove or build a campfire from May 15-October 31.
For Further Information: Sequoia National Forest, 900 West Grand Avenue, Porterville, CA 93257; (209)784-1500.
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