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Quick Facts
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 70 Miles (116.67 Kilometers)
Time: 2 Hours


General Information

Description - This scenic byway runs through the Sierra Nevada landscape of granite walls and domes, providing spectacular views of majestic peaks in wilderness areas.

Attractions - The 70-mile Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway provides a memorable journey offering access to several resort towns, a number of state recreation areas, two huge sport lakes, and countless creeks. Just outside of Fresno is the quaint town of Clovis, a popular stop for those who enjoy antiquing and historic walking tours. Shaver Lake, resting at 5,530 feet elevation, is a popular summertime destination in addition to being a quiet winter getaway. There is lodging, camping, horse pack trips, skiing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and much more. The Huntington Lake area sits at approximately 6,500 feet elevation providing superb scenery, lodging facilities to satisfy a variety of tastes, and recreation that spans the four seasons: boating, fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. Route 168 travels deep into the Sierra Canyon ending at the 22,700-acre Kaiser Wilderness Area. This wilderness area is divided by Kaiser Ridge separating the land into south / north regions. Kaiser Ridge is triumphed by Kaiser Peak, which rises an impressive 10,320 feet.

Recreation - The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (Route 168) is known for it's historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, snowy and 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 snowpack 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 - This byway is located in the Central Valley and High Sierra Regions of California, beginning northwest of Fresno at the junction of Highway 145 and Highway 168. Follow 168 north past Clovis, Shaver Lake, and Huntington Lake. The Highway and the byway end at the Kaiser Wilderness Area.

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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Scenic Driving Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (Route 168)
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ICON Viewing Scenery Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (Route 168)
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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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