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Big Reservoir- This reservoir is located in the Foresthill Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest.
French Meadows Reservoir- This reservoir is located in the Foresthill Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest.
Granite Chief Wilderness- Granite Chief Wilderness lies within the Tahoe National Forest, just west of Lake Tahoe. The terrain varies from granite cliffs to glaciated valleys and dissected slopes.
Sugar Pine Reservoir- Sugar Pine Reservoir offers camping at Shirttail Creek and Giant Gap Campgrounds, as well as picnicking at Manzanita Picnic Ground.

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Description - Within the Foresthill Ranger District there is a wide variety of terrain to provide opportunities for many recreational activities. There are three reservoirs for water related activities as well as many creeks and canyons to explore. The North and Middle Fork of the American River lead through the District and offer rafting, fishing, swimming and other river related sports. The area surrounding French Meadows Reservoir has many campgrounds and is a designated OHV use area. For backpacking, the Western States Trail intersects many other trails in the District. This District offers access to the Granite Chief Wilderness Area.

Recreation - Foresthill Ranger District provides opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. Along the reservoirs are picnic grounds, beaches, boat facilities, and campgrounds. OHV use is popular and there are many miles of trails. Backpacking is available on several trails. The entire District is crisscrossed with creeks, rivers and canyons to provide ample opportunity to explore.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The Foresthill Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of the Tahoe National Forest. The District Office is in the town of Foresthill which serves as an entry point for the western end of the District. The North Fork of the American River runs along the northern boundary of the District.


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Contact Information:
Foresthill Ranger District, 22830 Foresthill Road , Foresthill, CA, 95631, Phone: 530-367-2224, TTY: 530-367-2226

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Tahoe National Forest - The Tahoe National Forest straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California, and encompasses a vast territory from the foothills on the western slope to the high peaks of the Sierra crest.

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