Back road exploration in the Giant Sequoias can lead to amazing picnic spots. Ponderosa California is small mountain community on the Western Divide Hwy, near the Upper Kern River & right in the middle of big pine forest beauty. A general store, a restaurant cafe, a bar & several cabin homes. The newest National Park addition, the Giant Sequoia National Monument, is located here.
High elevation pine forest along small highway. Access in winter months from the north only. Western Divide Hwy to the south is usually closed.
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in Sequoia National Forest
Hwy 190/ Western Divide Hwy
parks, forests, rivers & lakes:
Quaking Aspen Campground
Camp Wishon - Sequoia
Redwood Meadow Campground
Holey Meadow Sequoia Camp
Fairview Kern River Camping
Western Divide Highway (from Kernville & California Hot Springs) is CLOSED seasonally due to snow fall. Small cabin community; pine mountain ridge line w/ quaking aspens; Granite domes, granite gorge, views, steep hillsides in North Sequoia National Forest. Plenty outdoor recreation. Traveling anytime in OCT-MAY: carry snow chains - always.
Western Divide Highway
Quaker Meadow Christian Camp
Southern Sequoia Weather
R-Ranch in the Sequoias
Hiking Sequoia / Ponderosa
Wildfire 2021: Windy Fire
Wildfire 2020: Castle Fire
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