Description - Hot Springs Ranger District is part of the southern unit of Sequoia National Forest. Although the smallest ranger district in terms of landmass, this District contains a succession of scenic rugged peaks, volcanic carved canyons and a host of rushing streams and creeks that course down the granite slopes into forested depressions.
- Sequoia trail users have more than 800 miles of maintained roads and 1,000 miles of forest for their use and enjoyment. More than 1,300 square miles of non-wilderness are open to bicycle use, with some restrictions. The combined Tule River / Hot Springs area provide 6 major trailheads and 4 day use areas. Operating season, group size, handicap accessibility, water and restroom facilities vary. One of the most popular trails on the District is the Trail of a Hundred Giants where President Bill Clinton signed the proclamation, creating the 327,769-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument in April, 2000. This universally accessible trail meanders through over 125 giant sequoias in the Long Meadow Grove.
Campgrounds on the Sequoia National Forest and The Giant Sequoia National Monument offer more than 50 developed areas; large motor homes and trailers cannot be accommodated in some campgrounds, and electric and sewer hookups are not available. There are family and group campgrounds, fee and free campsites, first-come, first-served sites, and sites that can be reserved. The camping season is generally from late-May through mid-October, weather permitting. Some campgrounds are open year-round. In addition, almost all National Forest System land is available for you to choose your own camping spot. The Tule River / Hot Springs Ranger District has 10 family-style campgrounds and 3 group camps.
Cross-country skiing, snow play and snowmobiling are popular activities in the Forest and Monument during winter months. Specific winter activity areas accessible by highway are found on all the districts. Snowmobiling is limited to roads in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Many roads in the monument are groomed for this use. For specific information and locations contact the ranger district offices.
Recreation - Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, sightseeing, and camping are just some of the many outdoor activities enjoyed on Hot Springs Ranger District.
Climate - Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation on the Sequoia National Forest. Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees F indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be layered and ready to peel off or add as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
Hot Springs Ranger District is part of the southern unit bordered on the north by Tule River Ranger District and on the south by Greenhorn Ranger District. Portions of the eastern boundary touch Tule River Indian Reservation.