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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.
Sequoia NF Kern River
Sequoia NF Kern River
Golden Trout Wilderness
Golden Trout Wilderness
Sierra Nevada Topo
Sierra Nevada Topo
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Sequoia Kings Canyon
elevation: 7200' population: 500 zip code: 93208


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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Tulare County
in Sequoia National Forest
Hwy 190/ Western Divide Hwy



  • backpacking
  • camping
  • fishing
  • rock climbing Needles, Dome Rock
  • mountain biking
  • horse pack trips
  • horseback riding
  • cross country skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • Roads End on Kern River
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Giant Sequoia National Monument
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Kern River
  • Golden Trout Wilderness
  • Dome Land Wilderness
  • Trail of 100 Giants Grove
  • Tule River
  • Tule River Indian Reservation
  • Kern River Gorge
  • Forks of the Kern Rd #22S82
  • ponderosa campgrounds

    Quaking Aspen Campground
    Belknap Campground
    Camp Wishon - Sequoia
    Redwood Meadow Campground
    Holey Meadow Sequoia Camp
    Fairview Kern River Camping

    tent 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.

    nearby towns:
    Camp Nelson
    California Hot Springs
    Roads End
    local links:

    Ponderosa California
    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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