Sierra National Forest - Central Sierra

Sierra covers in descending order of forestland area, the eastern portions of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties, adjacent to the southern part of Yosemite National Park. It includes more than 1,300,000 acres (2,030 sq mi; 5,300 km2), at altitudes ranging from 900 to 13,986 feet (274 to 4,263 m) in elevation. The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the alpine landscape of the High Sierra.

The forest's boundary starts clockwise at the intersections of the Merced River, The Sweetwater Creek and the HWY 140 then moves east following the Merced River canyon to the border with the Yosemite National Park near El Portal. Then it follows the parks southern boundary till it reaches the Inyo National forest near Electra Peak. From there it travels south to its border with the Kings Canyon National park near Mt Goethe. It then follows the park's northern border, then heads south to the Kings River near Deer Canyon. From there it moves down the Kings River canyon east; south of the river is the Sequoia National Forest. When it reaches Pine Flat Lake near Trimmer, it turns north towards Tollhouse and continues on to Auberry. From there the NF moves on to North Fork, then west to form a small finger towards Coarsegold. Finally, the boundary travels north to Yosemite Forks and moves west towards Miami Mountain, then heads north to return to the Merced River.


 
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