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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.

ponderosa, California

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

    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
  • description:
    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
    nearby towns:
    Camp Nelson
    California Hot Springs
    Roads End

    Holey Meadow
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