Forest Rd #6N06 – County Line Road, Fence Creek, Stanislaus National Forest
Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
N of Hwy 108; W of Sonora Pass
On the very edge of wilderness
County Line Road
Fence Creek Campground (NFS)
Graded dirt road near Clarks Fork junction @ SR 108. Dirt road travels up into forest, hiking trails and meadows; South side of the volcanic Dardanelles @ Tuolumne Co. & Alpine Co. boundary
County Line Trailhead
Wheats Meadow Trailhead
Carson Iceberg Wilderness Area
The Dardanelles (9524′ elev)
Clark Fork, Middle Stanislaus River
Topo Maps of this Region:
Stanislaus National Forest Map USDA
Carson Iceberg Wilderness Map USDA
Carson, Emigrant, Mokelumne Map NatGeo
Sierra Nevada Topo Map
winter road closure, annually
Check with local rangers on road access and conditions.
Rd# 6N06, climbs to mountain scenery at upper elevations, well of the main highway. Route is a 2-lane wide road at times, narrower and private towards the end of roads; several dirt roads, overgrown 2 tracks w/ many camp sites to choose from. Dispersed primitive camping requires a camp fire permit.
OHV off-roaders will only find dead ends on dirt route 6N06. NO motorized access in nearby wilderness. Wheelers should try south of Highway 108 @ Niagra Campgrounds; Niagra Off Road #5N01 for all the noise-makers, gear heads, dirt bikes, and toy boxes. Niagra Creek, Niagra OHV, Niagra 4×4.
Balch Park / Sequoia Park
Balch Park Campground
BALCH PARK campground is on a first come basis; no campground reservations needed.
Balch Park open May to October
Park info # 559 539-3896
Hedrick Pond lined w/ Sequoia trees
Balch County Park is right in the middle of Mountain Home State Forest, which is within the bigger Sequoia National Forest (aka Giant Sequoia National Monument). But don’t let all the bureaucracy mislead you, this is an ideal park and location, well worth your trip. The campground is the most developed one within the area – with paved roads, RV spaces, flush toilets and a fee to go along with all that. Even gotta fishing pond.
- Bears are a big deal in these neck of the woods. Please store all your food properly to avoid a un-welcomed visitor
- A Sequoia Grove is nearby with plenty of creeks & meadows.
- Trailers not recommended due to the long curvy road leading up the mountain.
Balch Park & Campground NOT TO BE CONFUSED with utility company residences of BALCH CAMP between Pine Flat & Blackrock Reservoirs
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Nearby cities & towns:
first come basis
Sierra Cabins near Sequoia Groves
Sequoia trees naturally grow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, on the west side of the range. Several parks & forests make up what is known as “the Sequoias” – in the Southern Sierra, Sequoia National Forest; Giant Sequoia National Monument; Mountain Home State Forest; Central Sierra is home to Sequoia National Park & neighboring Kings Canyon NP; Sierra National Forest & Yosemite NP. Yep, all those areas have Sequoia groves!
See all the Sequoia & Redwood Groves in California!
California Cabin Rentals near to Sequoia groves –
TOPO MAPS of California Redwoods –
Sequoia Maps by NatGeo
Yosemite NP Maps
NorCal Redwoods Map
If you are searching for tallest species, the Coastal Redwoods located on the shores of Northern California, then you can find them over here – NorCal Redwoods
Sequoia Parks, an overview by Total Escape.
As if the government wasn’t confusing enough, now they have named so many areas of the Sierra Nevada “Sequoia” that it confuses people even more. For Pete’s sake, all we wanna do is see some big trees, hike, fish, camp and really relax.
The largest trees in the whole wide world are grounded right here in Cali, deep in the forests of the incredible Sierra Nevada mountains. The giant Sequoia groves are found in several parks in the Sierra, and are not specific to just the parks boundaries. You can find them as far south as the Western Divide Hwy, up past California Hot Springs – in the newest Giant Sequoia park, and you can find them as far north as Gold Rush Country.
These massive Sierra redwoods are not be be confused with the tallest trees – the California Coastal Redwoods, which are found along the Pacific Ocean, from the canyons of Big Sur to rocky shores of Crescent City. The oldest living trees are the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, east of Bishop CA
A break down of all the redwood parks by geographic regions, so you can find exactly what you are looking for, without the confusing name games.
Wikipedia: an excellent list of Giant Sequoia Groves
Sequoia Area Maps:
NorCal Ishi Wilderness
20 miles N of Chico, CA
Lassen National Forest
- Barkley Mountain (elev. 4488′)
- Black Rock Campground
- Deer Creek
- Flat Iron Mountain (elev. 4400′)
- Iron Mountain (elev. 3274′)
- Indian Ridge Campground
- Mill Creek
- Peligreen Place
- Pine Creek
- Pinnacle Peak (elev. 3293′)
- South Antelope Campground
- Twentymile Hollow
Up in the mountains behind Chico sits a rugged landscape of deep canyons lined with bizarre rock formations and roaring mountain creeks. Wilderness encompasses lower elevations – ranging from 1500′ – 3500′ – making this outdoor destination a winter haven, when the rest of the backcountry is covered in several feet of snow. One of the most historic wilderness areas in the state, as the aboriginal existence of the Native Americans came to an end in this area.
COHASSET ROAD climbs up the volcanic fin of Cohasset Ridge into the pine forests high above the valley floor. The paved road becomes dirt and the road name changes to Ponderosa Way (Lassen Road# 28N29). The Ishi Wilderness can also be accessed from the north side via Highway 32, near the Tehama State Game Refuge.
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- backpacking trails
- hiking trails
- fishing creeks
- horseback trails
- wildlife viewing
Ishi Wilderness Map