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Western Divide Highway
Giant Sequoia National Monument
Western Divide Highway. (Mountain Road or M107) travels the dramatic ridge line that divides the Kern River Watershed from the Tule River Watershed, beginning where Highway 190 stops at Quaking Aspen, ending at the junction of Mountain Road M50. From this road access numerous giant sequoia groves, fire lookouts, favorite fishing streams, trails and trailheads leading into the Golden Trout Wilderness. The road is closed during the winter due to snow but many still enjoy the area popular for snow play, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiles.
From Porterville, take Highway 190 to Springville and travel east about 24 miles to where Highway 190 turns to Mountain Road 107. From the California Hot Springs area take County Road M50 (Parker Pass Drive) approximately 12 miles east to Parker Pass and turn north on M107. From the Kernville area travel County Road M99 to Johnsondale where the road becomes County Road M50. Travel about 5 mile past Johnsondale to Parker Pass and turn north on M107.
Dome Rock. This massive monolith forms a natural vista point overlooking the Kern River Canyon, the Needles, distant peaks of Sequoia National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Kern Plateau. Located south of Upper Peppermint, take Forest Road 21S69 to the parking area and scramble to the top.
Awe inspiring granite formations occur throughout the Sequoia National Forest. Popular with nature photographers and sight seers, enjoy expansive views from on top and be mindful that rock climbers maybe just below and can be injured by falling rocks.
Needles Lookout. This working fire lookout sits precariously atop a series of massive granite rock formations rising from the North Fork of the Kern River to an elevation of 8,245 feet. Take a 5-mile round trip, moderately difficult hike and enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Trout Wilderness and Kern River Canyon. The tower was constructed in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Take Forest Road 21S05 just south of Quaking Aspen Campground on Mountain Road 107 to the trailhead.
Mule Peak Lookout at the southern end of the Great Western Divide Highway is a short but steep hike at the end of Forest Road 22S03.
Jordan Peak Lookout is located at the east end of the highway off of Forest Road 20S71. The tower is about a 500-foot climb above the trailhead.
All three working fire lookouts watch over the southern section of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Forest. These fire lookouts are staffed during summer months and visitors are welcome. The lookout towers may be closed due to days off, lightning, fire, inclement weather and other emergencies. Please be respectful of the person staffing the tower. Check with the ranger station in Springville for hours of operation.
Slate Mountain Botanical Area. An unusually large variety of very rare wild plants are concentrated on the rocky outcrops and crevices along the 9000 foot high ridge of Slate Mountain. Many are found only in few high alpine meadows in Tulare County. Typically these plants appear briefly after the snow melts flowering for a couple of months in the spring or summer. From Quaking Aspen Campground take trail 31E14 south. Ascend approximately 2,000 feet over 5 miles to Slate Mountain.
|Campgrounds||Elevation||Sites||Season||Max. Trailer||Potable Water||Remarks|
|Holey Meadow Group||6400||60 people||June-Nov||16’||No||Reservations Required|
|Long Meadow Group||6500||25 people||June-Nov||16’||No||Reservations Required|
|Quaking Aspen||7000||32||June-Nov||24’||Yes||Reservations available|
|Quaking Aspen Group||7000||(3) 12 people||June-Nov||24’||Yes||Reservations available|
|Quaking Aspen Group||7000||(2) 25 people||June-Nov||24’||Yes||Reservations available|
|Quaking Aspen Group||7000||(2) 50 people||June-Nov||24’||Yes||Reservations available|
|Redwood Meadow||6500||15||June-Nov||16’||Yes||Reservations available|
|Upper Peppermint||7100||June-Nov||24’||No||No Reservations, primitive|
|Clicks Creek||32E11||6200-7800||8.2||Wilderness access, river crossings, fishing|
|Jordan Peek||31E35||8600-9115||1.5||bicycles permitted, short and steep, lookout tower|
|Lewis Camp||33E01||5800-7600||18.5||Wilderness access, bridge crossing, fishing|
|Long Meadow||31E15||6800-9000||7.6||Wilderness access, river crossings, stenuous, fishing|
|Mule Peak||31E43||7600-8200||1.5||bicycles permitted, short and steep, lookout tower|
|Needles||32E22||7800-8200||2.5||Bicycles permitted, no water,lookout tower|
|Summit (GTW)||31E14||8400-9920||11.3||Wilderness access, river crossing, fishing|
|Summit (South)||31E14||7000-9000||25||Non wilderness access, bicycles permitted|
|Trail of 100 Giants||-||6500-6500||1.5||Loop Trail, use fee, potable water, accessible|