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Sierra National Forest

Lakeshore, CA 93634

About Sierra National Forest

The Sierra National Forest is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks.  Elevations soar from 1,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet.  Among the areas many highlights is the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, which lies southeast of Huntington Lake and northwest of Courtright Reservoir.  The area boasts large areas of pristine wilderness, with most of it above 8,000 feet.  The nearby west-central region of the wilderness boasts an impressive cluster of 16 lakes.  The area includes the legendary John Muir Wilderness and covers about 584,000 acres in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests.  Elevations range from 4,000 feet to 14,496 feet at Mt. Whitney with many peaks above 13,000 feet.  The Kaiser Wilderness is located immediately north of Huntington Lake and about 70 miles northeast of Fresno.  The southern half of the wilderness area is characterized by dense red fir and Jeffrey Pine forests that extend up the gradual south slope of Kaiser Ridge.  The top of the ridge is in the alpine zone.  This northern region contains 18 small lakes, and the Monarch Wilderness are extends across the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.  The Sierra National Forest portion of the wilderness is extremely rugged and difficult to traverse because of the steep slopes that extend up from the middle of the main forks of the Kings River.  Elevations range from 2,400 feet to more than 10,000 feet.  The Ansel Adams Wilderness area extends across the Sierra and Inyo National Forests.  This alpine wilderness, named after the renowned photographer Ansel Adams, is dotted with sparkling lakes, glacially sculpted gorges, and imposing peaks and spires.  Elevations range from 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet.  Reservations are available from Huntington Lake campgrounds, Hi Sierra Campgrounds, Shaver Lake, and Dinkey Creek campground.  Reservations can be made from 103 to 240 days in advance of your desired reservation.  Forest-service campgrounds provide restrooms, picnic tables, fire pits, and some have barbeque grills.  Non-reservation campgrounds that have running water have fees that vary from $14 to $24 per night.  For all campgrounds, six people and one vehicle are allowed per single site or 12 people and 2 vehicles per double site.  There is a $5 extra charge for vehicles at fee sites.  Golden Age and Golden Access passes offer 50 percent discounts and are accepted at all family campgrounds.  Campers are required to camp at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and trails and to remove all trash.  Campfires, portable stoves and barbeques outside campgrounds are prohibited in most areas below 7,000 feet during high-fire danger levels.  In higher elevations, fires are allowed with a valid campfire permit.  Permits, current fire danger levels, and maps of restricted fire-danger areas are available at all ranger stations.   

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