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Description - Located in the rugged and majestic high country of the Sierra National Forest, High Sierra is the gateway to the Ansel Adams and the John Muir Wildernesses. The elevations range from 6,500 feet at Mono Hot Springs to 7,600 feet at Edison Lake. It is a three hour drive east of Fresno via Highway 168 to Huntington Lake, then east on the Kaiser Pass Road. The Kaiser Pass Road is a narrow, winding, steep on lane road that climbs over Kaiser Pass which is at an elevation of 9,175 fee. There is two-way traffic. Trailers, large motor homes and busses are not recommended. The main summer season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the winter, the road is closed.

Recreation - This Recreation Area has numerous lakes that offer excellent boating, waterskiing, and fishing. These areas offer pristine views and excellent hiking opportunities. Florence and Edison lake are surrounded by wilderness areas and offer primitive and developed campsites on their shores.

There are numerous hiking and OHV trails to provide land recreation in both the district and the wilderness area. The various lakes offer fishing, swimming and waterskiing in the spring, summer, and fall. The fishing at Florence Lake offers German Brown Trout while fishing at Edison Lake is only fair to good.

Climate - Weather conditions in the Sierra National Forest vary locally with elevation and exposure. Weather changes more rapidly and severely in the Forest's higher elevations. In general, temperatures in the Sierras drop three degrees with each 1000' of elevation gain.

Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Snowpack above 8000' can be 25 fee in the winter. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees 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", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - High Sierra Recreation Area is a two to three hour drive east of Fresno via State Highway 168.

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Contact Information:
Pineridge Ranger District, P.O. Box 559 , Prather, CA, 93651, Phone: 559-855-5360, TTY: 559-855-5367

Additional Information:
Pineridge Ranger District - This ranger district, located in the central portion of the forest features three wilderness areas and numerous lakes that offer excellent boating, water skiing, and fishing. There are numerous hiking and OHV trails to provide land recreation.


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