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Sequoia National Forest
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Location Tulare / Kern / Fresno counties, California, USA
Nearest city Bakersfield, CA / Porterville, CA / Visalia, CA / Fresno, CA
Coordinates 36°2′24″N 118°30′16″W / 36.04°N 118.50444°W / 36.04; -118.50444Coordinates: 36°2′24″N 118°30′16″W / 36.04°N 118.50444°W / 36.04; -118.50444
Area 1,144,235 acres (4,630.55 km²)
Established 1908
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Sequoia National Forest is located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The national forest is named for the majestic Giant Sequoia trees which populate 38 groves within the boundaries of the forest. The Giant Sequoia National Monument is located within the forest. Other notable features include glacier-carved landscapes and impressive granite monoliths.

The forest covers 1,787.87 square miles (4,630.55 km²), and ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet (300 m) in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to over 12,000 feet (3,700 m). Its Sequoia groves are part of its 196,000 acres (790 km2) of old growth, which also consists of Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi), Red Fir (Abies magnifica), Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), White Fir (Abies concolor), and Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)[1 ]. The National Forest contains over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of road and 850 miles (1,370 km) of trails, and hosts a number of camping and recreational facilities. The forest is adjacent to Sequoia National Park. Forest headquarters are located in Porterville, California. There are local ranger district offices in Dunlap, Kernville, Lake Isabella, and Springville.[2]



Sequoia NF was established on July 1, 1908 from a portion of Sierra Forest Reserve. On March 2, 1909 Theodore Roosevelt added land by Presidential Proclamation.[3] On July 1, 1910 1,951,191 acres (7,896.19 km2) was removed from the forest to create the Kern National Forest.[4] This land was returned to Sequoia NF on July 1, 1915.

Sequoia Groves

The Sequoia National Forest has 34 groves list of giant sequoia groves The 14 groves in the Kings River watershed are in the northern section of Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM), or Sequoia National Forest (SeNF), in southernmost Fresno County and Tulare County:

  1. Indian Basin Grove (GSNM) A mid-size grove, mostly logged. It can be accessed by paved roads. The grove contains many young sequoias approaching diameters of up to 10 feet. 36°48′N 118°56′W / 36.8°N 118.933°W / 36.8; -118.933 1800-2000 m.
  2. Converse Basin Grove (GSNM). Once the second-largest grove, but much logged around 1890-1900; good regrowth of young trees. Home of the 'Boole' tree, the sixth largest tree by volume. Also home of the 'Chicago Stump', left over from a tree cut for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. 36°48′N 118°58′W / 36.8°N 118.967°W / 36.8; -118.967 1800-2000 m.
  3. Lockwood Grove (GSNM). 36°48′N 118°52′W / 36.8°N 118.867°W / 36.8; -118.867 1700-1800 m.
  4. Monarch Grove (GSNM). Immediately north of the Agnew Grove, near Monarch Wilderness boundary. On Forest Service GSNM map.
  5. Evans Grove (GSNM). Heavily logged, before 1920. 36°48'N 118°49'30"W 2050-2250 m.
  6. Agnew & Deer Meadow Grove (GSNM). 36°47′20″N 118°46′45″W / 36.78889°N 118.77917°W / 36.78889; -118.77917 1950-2000 m.
  7. Cherry Gap Grove (GSNM). Logged. Located between Converse Basin Grove and Grant Grove, near McGee Overlook (36°46′40″N 118°57′30″W / 36.77778°N 118.95833°W / 36.77778; -118.95833). 2070 m. Cherry Gap Grove is a small sequoia grove of about thirty-five acres in Sequoia national forest; it was logged of all of its old growth sequoias.
  8. Abbott Creek Grove (GSNM). 36°46′N 118°58′W / 36.767°N 118.967°W / 36.767; -118.967 1900 m. Listed by Rundel and Flint; very small (largely logged); too few trees to qualify as a grove according to Willard.
  9. Kennedy Grove (GSNM). 36°46′0″N 118°49′20″W / 36.766667°N 118.82222°W / 36.766667; -118.82222 2050-2250 m. Contains the 13th largest giant sequoia in the world, The Ishi Giant.
  10. Little Boulder Creek Grove (GSNM). 36°45′10″N 118°49′0″W / 36.75278°N 118.816667°W / 36.75278; -118.816667 2000 m.
  11. Boulder Creek Grove (GSNM). 36°45′N 118°49′W / 36.75°N 118.817°W / 36.75; -118.817 2050 m.
  12. Landslide Grove (GSNM). 36°45′0″N 118°51′50″W / 36.75°N 118.86389°W / 36.75; -118.86389 2050-2250 m.
  13. Bearskin Grove (GSNM). 36°45′0″N 118°54′40″W / 36.75°N 118.91111°W / 36.75; -118.91111 1850-1900 m.
  14. Big Stump Grove (KCNP/GSNM). 36°43′N 118°58′W / 36.717°N 118.967°W / 36.717; -118.967 1850 m.

One grove in the Kaweah River watershed:

  1. Redwood Mountain Grove (KCNP/GSNM). The largest grove, 1240 ha (3100 acres), with 15,800 sequoias 30 cm (one foot) or more in diameter at the base.

The 19 groves in the Tule River and Kern River watersheds are mostly in Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM); all in southern Tulare County.

  1. Upper Tule Grove (GSNM). Included on Forest Service GSNM map.
  2. Maggie Mountain Grove (GSNM).
  3. Silver Creek Grove (GSNM).
  4. Mountain Home Grove (CSF / GSNM). Home of the 'Genesis' tree, seventh largest by volume, this grove also contains the smaller Middle Tule Grove
  5. Burro Creek Grove (GSNM).
  6. Wishon Grove (GSNM). South of Silver Creek Grove. Included on Forest Service GSNM map.
  7. Alder Creek Grove (GSNM / private); also known as Hossack, Pixley, or Ross Creek Grove. Home of 'Alonzo Stagg', the fifth largest tree by volume. Also home to the Waterfall tree, which has the largest circumference and diameter at ground level of any sequoia.
  8. McIntyre Grove (GSNM).
  9. Carr Wilson Grove(GSNM); also known as Bear Creek Grove.
  10. Freeman Creek Grove (GSNM).
  11. Black Mountain Grove (GSNM / TIR / private). Heavily logged in 1984, though mature sequoias were not cut.
  12. Red Hill Grove (GSNM / private).
  13. Peyrone Grove (GSNM / TIR).
  14. South Peyrone Grove (GSNM) New discovery by Willard in 1992.
  15. Long Meadow Grove (GSNM), Site of the Trail of 100 Giants and one tree of great size.
  16. Cunningham Grove (GSNM).
  17. Starvation Creek Grove (GSNM).
  18. Packsaddle Grove (GSNM).
  19. Deer Creek Grove (GSNM). The southernmost grove.

Giant Sequoia National Monument

on April 15, 2000 President Bill Clinton proclaimed 328,000 acre of the Sequoia National Forest as the Giant Sequoia National Monument by Presidential Proclamation 7295, published in the Federal Register, Tuesday, April 25, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 80.

The monument is in two sections. The northern section surrounds Grant Grove and other parts of Kings Canyon National Park and is administered by the Hume Lake Ranger District. The southern section is directly south of Sequoia National Park and is administered by the Western Divide Ranger District, surrounding the eastern half of the Tule River Indian Reservation.


The forest has been the scene of extensive illegal marijuana cultivation, with recent involvement of Mexican drug cartels. [5][6]


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Sequoia National Forest[1] is a National Forest surrounding Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada region of California. The forest contains many groves of giant sequoias, the largest living things in the world, along with many other gems. Sequoia NF is divided into two sections, a northern and a southern, with Sequoia National Park in between. Much of the forest was, in 2000, made into the new Giant Sequoia National Monument.

  • Buck Rock Lookout is a neat lookout way out on the top of a rock. Near Hume Lake, east of General Grant tree. [2]
  • Delilah Lookout is a fire lookout that is 60 feet above the ground.
  • Chicago Stump was a healthy 2000-year old sequoia until it was logged. Some of its pieces were sent to Chicago, where easterners called it a hoax, thinking that no tree could possibly be that wide. The stump is now about 20 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter. It's just north of the General Grant tree.
  • The Needles is a bunch of sharp peaks, one of which holds a fire lookout with a fantastic view.
  • Dome Rock is neat place to visit, even if you're not a rock climber. There's a great view of The Needles.
  • Trail of 100 Giants, northeast of Johnsondale, is popular for its many giant sequoias.
  • Southern Section
    • Dome Rock and The Needles are favorites among rock climbers.
    • Kennedy Meadows OHV area is a perfect place to test your skills.
    • Greenhorn Cave and Packsaddle Cave are there if you're into exploring caves.
  • Buck Rock Campground (free)
  • Quaking Aspen Campground
  • Upper Peppermint Campground. Free.  edit
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