Western Divide Ranger District

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Sequoia National Forest day use opportunities available, overnight camping prohibited

For the health and welfare of our Forest visitors and staff, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson announces Forest Orders No. 0513-21-01, 0513-21-02, and 0513-21-03 prohibiting overnight camping on public lands managed by the Forest. These Forest Orders will be in effect from January 6, 2021 to January 31, 2021.

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Developed Campground Closures Extended

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has decided to extend the developed campground closure on 12 National Forests in California to provide consistent COVID-19 mitigation response in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Orders. These Regional Orders will be in effect through January 29, 2021.

Day use of National Forests will remain open for the health and welfare of Californians. We urge all visitors to follow CDC guidelines to recreate responsibly and check with your local National Forests before visiting.

The follow regional orders have been issued to provide for public safety and protect natural resources:

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At a Glance

Current Conditions:

Weather Information

The National Weather Service is a good resource for information about weather.
Operational Hours: Virtual Services are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Reservations: Campgrounds Available: Reservations available at Recreations.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Open Season: Year round

Western Divide Restrictions:

Information Center: At this time Virtual Services are available for the Western Divide Ranger District, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by email at SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov or phone at 559-920-0460.

General Information

General Notes:


Mountain Home Area – Mountain Home, Middle Tule, and Upper Tule Groves of Giant Sequoias; Mountain Home Guard Station Rental Cabin; Long Meadow Trail to Redwood Crossing and the Golden Trout Wilderness

Tule Canyon – Upper and Lower Coffee Camp Day Use Areas; The Stairs Day Use Area; Wishon Campground; Wishon Rental Cabin, Doyle Springs Trail to Wishon Grove, Fox Farm Road to Alder Creek Grove

Camp Nelson Area – Belknap and Coy Flat Campgrounds; Nelson Trail through Belknap, McIntyre and Wheel Meadow Groves; McIntyre and Soda Springs Recreation Residence Tracts; Roger’s Camp Road to Black Mountain Grove, Red Hill Grove, and Windy Gap

Great Western Divide – Trail of 100 Giants; Dome Rock; trails to the Needles, Jordan Peak Lookout, and Mule Peak; Summit National Recreation Trail; Slate Mountain Botanical Area; Quaking Aspen Campground; Quaking Aspen Group Campground; Quaking Aspen Historic Guard Station Rental Cabin; Quaking Aspen Winter Trailhead; Redwood Meadow Campground; Long Meadow Group Campground; Holey Meadow Campground; Upper Peppermint Dispersed Camping Area; Summit, Click’s Creek and Lewis Camp Trailheads to the Golden Trout Wilderness; Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station

Golden Trout Wilderness – Maggie Lakes, Maggie Mountain, Coyote Lakes, Little Kern and Kern Rivers, Little Kern and Kern Lakes, Grey Meadow and Trout Meadow Historic Guard Station Cabins, Silver Knapsack Trail, Farewell Gap and Kern Canyon entrances to Sequoia National Park Wilderness Areas

Lloyd Meadow Road – George Bush Tree and Freeman Creek Trail; Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern Trailheads leading to the Golden Trout Wilderness; Lower Peppermint Campground; Camp Whitsett Boy Scout Camp; Pyles Boys Camp; Whitewater boating and rafting on the Kern River

Portuguese Pass Area – Tobias Peak Fire Lookout; Frog Meadow Historic Guard Station Rental Cabin; Frog Meadow and Panorama Dispersed Camping Areas; Historic Baker Point Lookout and Baker Point Botanical Area; Sunday Peak Trailhead; Starvation Road leading to the Starvation and Packsaddle Groves

California Hot Springs Area – CA Hot Springs Resort (private); Leavis Flat Campground; White River Campground; White River and Deer Creek Grove (southernmost grove of giant sequoias)

Poso/Sugarloaf Area – Poso Historic Guard Station Rental Cabin; Sugarloaf Winter Trailhead

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