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Sierra National Forest at Fresno, California

Sierra National Forest

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Oakhurst-North ForkCalifornia 93643
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Sierra National Forest Near Fresno

Situated on the western slopes of the central Sierra Nevada mountains, explore an outdoor world teeming with spectacular alpine landscapes, picturesque lakes, streams, and oak foothills. The Sierra National Forest is home to the famous John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Visitors will find new appreciation for the great outdoor with recreation activities like hiking, horseback riding, fishing and waterskiing.


Popular Wilderness Areas -

John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wildnress

Points of Interest -

Arch Rock, Fresno Dome, Mile High Vista, White Bark Vista, Nelder Grove

Best Fishing Spots -

Bass Lake, Wishon Reservoir, Courtright Reservoir


  • Snap a photo of Arch Rock
  • Hike to the Fresno Dome
  • Relax at Mono Hot Springs
  • Camp at Nelder Grove
  • Cross the Dinkey Creek
    Historic Bridge

Popular Park Activities

The over 400 lakes and reservoirs are perfect for anglers looking to catch trout, bluegill and catfish, or water sports adventurers wanting to boat, swim and waterski. Camping grounds are located near Dry Gulge, Forks and Mono Hot Springs. Other activities include horseback riding, picnicking, backpacking or scenic drives in the High Sierra.

What Should I Expect Before Going

Passes and permits are needed for wilderness campfires, woodcutting and campfires, and can be obtained at the Sierra National Forest by calling (559) 297-0706. Check the website for alerts and updates on wildfires, road closures and snow advisories.


  • What are some of the must-see attractions?

    There’s plenty of scenic wonders to take in while exploring the park. Poplar landmarks include Fresno Dome, Mile High Vista, the oddly shaped granite Arch Rock, and Dinkey Creek Historic Bridge, a bowstring arch truss bridge built in 1938. Looking to relax? Head to the rugged high country and into Mono Hot Springs.
  • What are some of the best trails in the park?

    Nature walkers and backpackers will enjoy access to a diverse array of popular and more secluded hiking trails. Catch scenic views of Red Rock Falls on the Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail, or views of Kaiser Crest from the Black Point National Recreation Trail. The Pacific Crest Scenic Trail winds its way through the John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas.

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