Sierra National Forest

Sierra National Forest is a United States national forest that is located in the state of California and extends along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It holds 1,300,000 acres of protected land that is divided into three ranger districts known as Bass lake Ranger District, High Sierra Ranger District, and Supervisor’s Office. It was established in 1893 as the Sierra Forest Reserve, but in 1897, the reserve was split into two areas and it was renamed the Sierra South. It is bordered by Yosemite National Park, Inyo National forest, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Forest.

Sierra National Forest holds elevations that range between 900 and 13,986 feet and is noted for its mountainous landscapes. Higher elevations hold alpine forests, while low elevations hold oak forests and mid-elevations hold dense pine forests. The forest contains 383,000 acres of old growth forest, comprised of red fir trees and Lodgepole pine trees. It holds five designated wilderness areas including Ansel Adams Wilderness, Monarch Wilderness, and John Muir wilderness.

Sierra National Forest offers visitors a variety of activities including picnicking in twenty-eight sites in the Bass Lake and High Sierra ranger Districts and camping in sixty-six sites in the same districts. The Supervisor’s Office district holds two visitors centers. The forest also offers areas for skiing, fishing, and nature viewing.

Image Caption: The Lake of the Lone Indian, in the John Muir Wilderness of California. Credit: Smack/Wikipedia