A view of Florence Lake from a distance.Recreation use on the Sierra National Forest spans all seasons. People visit the forest for camping, horseback riding, swimming, picnicking, biking and hiking opportunities. Visitors also enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, fall-colors, skiing, snowshoeing, and off-highway-vehicle, motorcycle and snowmobile riding.

The Sierra National Forest represents experiences through five wilderness areas; two nationally designated wild and scenic rivers; three nationally designated trails, and two national scenic byways.

The Sierra’s proximity to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks; and the Inyo National Forest with their many trails, high peaks, rivers, deep canyons, wilderness and big trees defines the forest as “United in Breathtaking Tranquility.”

We pride ourselves of the wide variety of natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered to the American public. Begin your adventure today.

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At a Glance

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Permit Info:  Wilderness Areas make up almost one-half of the public lands managed by the Sierra National Forest.  Wilderness allows us to experience wild places wwithout disturbing natural processes.  For more information on Sierra Forest wilderness areas, please visit our wilderness homepage. Campfire permits are required when camping in all dispersed and undeveloped areas in the National Forest. more
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Passes: The Interagency Senior Pass allows qualified citizens or permanent residents of the United States to enter fee areas without additonal charge.  more
Information Center: Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611-0532
(559)297-0706 Hearing Impaired:
TTY: (559) 322-0425
California Relay Service 711

General Information


Camp 4 ½ Station is only about 60 miles, and is approximately 2 hours east of Fresno. From the Belmont/Academy intersection set your trip odometer to zero, it will take approximately 1.5 hours from this point. Proceed east on Belmont which turns into Trimmer Springs Road. Stay on Trimmer Springs Road, and match your odometer with the following checkpoints: At approximately 13.0 miles you will pass through the tiny community of Piedra, your last opportunity to purchase supplies and gas. This store is only open during the day. The community of Trimmer (last payphone, part-time store) will be at mile 25.6. Big Creek bridge is mile 33.3. You will be getting close when you pass a power station on your right (brightly lit at night). At mile 42.0, you will pass Kirch Flat Campground, immediately past Kirch Flat you will cross the Kings River bridge and are now on the south side of the Kings River. You will be on paved Forest Service Road 12S01. Approximately one mile further, the pavement will turn to dirt. At this point there is another bridge (Bailey's Bridge) but do not cross it, stay on the south side of the river. The last 7/10ths of a mile to the cabin is a dirt road, passable by a sedan.

General Notes:

The closest pay phone is located at Balch Camp (near the swimming pool) about 3 miles from the cabin; cell phone coverage is approximately 5 miles back down toward the lake at an obvious ridge top.


You will need to bring either sleeping bags or bed linen and blankets as well as bath linen. Bed pillows are supplied. You will need to bring all food items (including salt and pepper), and may want to include baggies and tinfoil. Other items you may wish to bring might include books, flashlight, camera, insect repellant, sunscreen and fishing poles and license. The section of the Kings River from Garnet Dike to Pine Flat Lake is open to fishing year round with a 2 fish limit.


All cleaning supplies, including a vacuum, are provided. You are expected to leave the cabin "clean as a whistle" when you leave. This means all floors must be vacuumed and mopped, furniture dusted, windows locked, blinds closed, and all food items removed. There is no one to come in after you leave to clean. It is your responsibility! There is no garbage service and you must haul your garbage home. The generator must be turned off and the thermostat set at lowest temperature.

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