Sierra National Forest in California

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Sierra National Forest

California Sierra National Forest contains towering mountains, green landscapes of Sierra Nevada foothills, as well as plenty of lakes and rivers so you get the best of outdoor recreational adventures.

  • In the Sierra National Forest discover a place for plenty of outdoor adventures
  • Just south of Yosemite National Park
  • The forest is accessible all year
  • Enjoy getting into the backcountry on the John Muir Trail
  • Go boating on any one of the many lakes in Sierra National Forest


Sierra National Forest is the perfect spot to explore classic mountain scenery and enjoy numerous outdoor adventures. Located just south of Yosemite, it covers more than three million acres with amazing and varying terrain.

Location & Information

Sierra Forest lies adjacent to the southern border of Yosemite National Park. Follow Highway 41 out of Yosemite and you’ll be in the boundaries of the national forest.

The Sierra National Forest is open and accessible all year.

Contact information:
Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611-0532


Sierra National Forest CA offers something for the whole family for an exciting and entertaining vacation.

  • Visiting the Fresno Dome
    This beautiful granite dome rises above the Soquel Meadow within Sierra National Forest, accessible by a scenic trail off of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway.
  • Touring the Nelder Grove
    This grove of Giant Sequoias is accessible by an easy 1-mile loop trail, a peaceful area where you can get away from the crowds.
  • Hiking
    Numerous trails lead through the Sierra National Forest, including the John Muir Trail, Ansel Adams Trail and the Dinkey Lakes and Monarch Trails. Some favorite hiking destinations are Black Point and Rancheria Falls.
  • Fishing
    Some lakes and reservoirs where you can fish within the national forest boundaries are Bass Lake and Courtright and Wishon Reservoirs. There are many other spots within the forest, hidden away so you can enjoy some seclusion as you fish.
  • Boating
    Enjoy getting out on the water at Huntington Lake. You will find sailing a real pleasure here. A couple remote high-country lakes that have some excellent fishing are Florence and Edison Lakes.
  • Camping
    With 60 developed campgrounds in the forest, you are sure to find one that fits your needs. Many go to Shaver Lake, with plenty of fishing, swimming and water skiing to fill your days. Families with children often to go Spring Cove Campground.
  • Skiing
    The Sierra Summit Ski Area if a full-service ski resort, and there are other areas where you can experience cross-country skiing, such as the “Sno-Park” along California Highway 168.

Fun Facts

Sierra National Forest California was proclaimed the Sierra Forest Reserve in 1893 by President Harrison. In 1897, the south section became a separate unit and was named Sierra South. But when the transition occurred creating the National Forests, in 1907, the whole area was divided into the various parks we know so well today – Yosemite National Park and the Sequoia, Inyo, Toiyabe, Stanislaus, and Sierra National Forests.