Welcome to The Sequoia National Forest
WELCOME TO THE GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT
Your next adventure starts here! Year-round recreational opportunities abound on almost 550 miles of wild and scenic beauty. The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. Located at the southernmost end of the Sierra Nevada in Central California, the 1.2 million-acre landscape is as spectacular as its 38 groves of giant sequoia that the monument protects (Sequoiadendrongiganteum). These trees can tower 270 feet high and reach 30 feet in diameter. Our elevations range from 2,000 feet in the foothills to peaks over 10,000 feet offering spectacular views and adventure in giant redwood groves, granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring rivers and lush flower-filled meadows.
SEE BIG TREES…
In their natural range, old sequoias tower above the forest’s canopy, where their conical crowns easily reach heights of 250 feet or more. Sequoia’s massive trunks grow to an average of 15 feet across, shielded by thick, cinnamon-colored bark. These giants owe their colossal size to a rapid growth rate that lasts their entire life long – a span that ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 years or more. Where its rock’n: Belknap Grove, Trail of 100 Giants, Freeman Creek Grove, Black Mountain Grove, Alder Grove.
BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS ADVENTURE…
Back to basics in our wilderness areas. Find peace, solitude and natural beauty. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, wheeled deer carriers are permitted. Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of streams or lake to protect habitat. Travel only on foot or horseback.
Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Trains near Quaking Aspen – Miles of trails are available for horse travel. Bring your horse or hire a backcountry outfitter. The forest has horse camps and trailheads located in many areas.
There are hundreds of power-packing non-wilderness trails open to cycle use with some restrictions. Trail difficulties vary, check with Ranger District offices prior to riding.
Mountain bike use is permitted only on designated roads and trails within the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Bicycle use is not permitted off of roads or trails within the monument. In the non-monument portion of the forest, bicycle use is allowed unless posted closed or within a designated wilderness area.
White water paradise awaits you! Our wild and scenic Tule River offers miles of excitement for kayaks. Canoes and inner tubes are not recommended. 60’ waterfall – rated Class V. Be safe! Where its rock’n: Main and South Forks, Tule River. Fairly new discovery of this area by kayakers, so not much info just yet.
SNOWMOBILING... There are hundreds of miles of snowmobile and OSV trails to explore this national monument during the clear crisp pristine mountain winter days while staying in the community of Ponderosa. Bring your sled or OSV.
Cross Country Skiing... Miles of Groomed and natural cross country ski trails, mainy you can access right from your Ponderosa cabin rental.