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High Sierra Recreation Area - Site # 90
Past Huntington Lake and down the Kaiser Pass Road, the High Sierra Recreation Area/Kaiser Pass Wilderness offers many high-elevation recreation opportunities near the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas.
RegionalRegional - worth visiting if you are already in the area. They may be located farther from populated areas or with more limited wildlife species.

Background: Mule deer, black bear, golden-mantled ground squirrels, and other mammals are common. Hike the Jackass Nature Trail past a meadow hunted by peregrine falcons, sharp-shinned hawks, and other birds of prey year-round. Downstream of the meadow, look for wood ducks and Pacific chorus frog. During spring, flycatchers, finches, and nuthatches inhabit the aspens, willows and pines, and water-associated birds rest on Edison and Florence lakes. Ospreys occasionally join anglers fishing Edison Lake. On both lakes enjoy watching wildlife from ferry boats that explore the John Muir Wilderness.

The Habitat: The Kaiser Wilderness was established in 1976 and is located immediately north of the busy and bustling beaches of Huntington Lake. The wilderness was named after Kaiser Ridge, which divides the area into two distinctly different regions. Most of Kaiser Ridge is 10, 320 feet high and Kaiser Peak provides a commanding view of the central Sierra Nevada. The northern portion is much steeper and more open than the more gentle terrain found in the southern portion of the wilderness.

The Experience: Part of the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway. The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway starts in the San Joaquin Valley and follows Highway 168 from the city of Clovis up the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to Kaiser Pass Meadow at approximately 9,000 feet. The 70-mile long byway takes about 4 hours to drive and provides a memorable journey offering access to several resort towns, recreation areas, popular lakes, and impressive views.

Viewing Tips: Ospreys present spring and summer. Deer best spring and fall. Lizards, garter snakes, rattlesnakes common.

Site Notes: Cross-country skiing, snow boarding and snow mobiling

Nearby Viewing Sites: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Eastman Lake

Festivals & Events: Boat races on Huntington Lake.

Visitor Information: Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau - (559) 841-3350 - http://goshaver.org
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Everday
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Fee: 
Proximity to viewing area:There is parking available throughout the region
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: Variety of places to park and camp. Fees may apply.

Special Tips: Permits are required for overnight camping in wilderness areas. First-come/first-served walk in permits may be obtained at the Sierra National Forest: High Sierra Ranger Station in Prather.

How to Get There: From Shaver Lake take Highway 168 north 20 miles to Huntington Lake Basin. Turn east onto Kaiser Pass Road. Travel 12 miles to USFS Ranger Station for information. Continue 8 miles to reach Jackass Nature Trail.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: Sierra National Forest Headquarters
Agency Site URL: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra
Physical Address:1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611
Agency 2:29688 Auberry Road
Prather, CA 93651
Manager Phone:
Site Phone:(559) 297-0706 Sierra or (559) 855-5355 Prather
County: Fresno
Addition Website:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5344084