Sierra National Forest is renowned for its mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. It is located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada range, between Yosemite and the Sequoia-Kings Canyon national parks near Fresno, California. The forest comprises more than 1.3 million acres of thick foliage at elevations between 900 and 13,986 feet (Mount Humphrey) above sea level.
Sierra National Forest, with its rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra, presents a charming picture of nature’s splendor at work. It can be rough and precipitous in higher elevations, but at lower elevations, there are numerous lakes, soothingly undulating meadows along river banks, and many picnicking and camping areas.
The most-popular developed areas in the forest include Bass Lake, Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Mammoth Pool, Lake Edison, Mono Hot Springs, and Dinkey Creek. The lakes, rivers and streams are ideal for rafting and fishing, while downhill and cross-country skiing, and hunting options are available in season.
Sierra National Forest was accorded national forest status in 1893. Since then, it has been meeting the public's need for resources and recreation without fail. Today, the Sierra National Forest is one of the popular wildlife areas in United States.
See also John Muir .