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Pineridge Ranger District

Ansel Adams Wilderness- Named in honor of the pioneering landscape photographer, this wilderness area is known for spectacular alpine scenery, sparkling lakes, and steep, rock-walled gorges.
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness- The 30,000 acre Dinkey Lakes Wilderness lies immediately west of the John Muir Wilderness and is separated from the John Muir Wilderness by the Dusy-Ershim Off Highway Vehicle Route.
High Sierra Recreation Area- 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.
Huntington Lake Recreation Area- Huntington Lake Recreation Area, located at 7,000 feet elevation in the Sierra National Forest, is a two-hour drive east of Fresno via State Highway 168.
John Muir Wilderness- The John Muir Wilderness encompasses approximately 584,000 acres in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests. It extends along the crest of the Sierra Nevada from Mammoth Lakes southeastward for 30 miles, then forks around the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park to Crown Valley and Mt. Whitney.
Kaiser Wilderness- Kaiser Wilderness lies immediately north of Huntington Lake. The area is named after Kaiser Ridge which divides the area into two distinctly different regions.

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Description - This Ranger District, located in the central portion of the forest features three wilderness areas and numerous lakes that offer excellent boating, waterskiing, and fishing. The Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas cover the district's eastern portion. 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.

Recreation - 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.

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 - Pineridge Ranger District is in the heart of the park sandwiched between Minarets Ranger District to the north and Kings River Ranger District to the south.

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Contact Information:
Pineridge Ranger District, P.O. Box 559 , Prather, CA, 93651, Phone: 559-855-5360, Fax: 559-855-5375, TTY: 559-855-5367

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Sierra National Forest - The Sierra National Forest lies in Central California, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, bordering the south end of Yosemite National Park. Terrain varies from rolling foothills to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada crest.


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