The Western Divide Highway from Ponderosa to Kernville/Johnsondale/Hot Springs is now open as of Thursday, April 28th.
Information: normally pagers and cell phones do NOT work in the Ponderosa area.
Sorry there is no commercial downhill skiing area.
The John M. Nelson Conservancy The John M. Nelson Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the meadow at Camp Nelson for the enjoyment and use of the people for generations to come.
What is available at Ponderosa:
Ponderosa California is located in the central high Sierras east of Porterville in the California San Joaquin valley at an elevation of 7,200 feet. When traveling in California, from the north take Highway 99 south and coming from the south take Highway 99 north. Turn east on Highway 190 at Tipton which is ten miles south of Tulare and 55 miles north of Bakersfield. Traveling east Highway 190 is a two lane road to Porterville. From Porterville continue on to Springville (elevation 1,000 feet). From Springville to Ponderosa is only 25 miles, however traveling time is about one hour. Passing through PierPoint Springs (elevation. 4700), then Camp Nelson (elevation. 4800) Highway 190 ends two miles from Ponderosa. The last two miles to Ponderosa is the Western Divide Highway.
View Larger Map During the winter, snow chains may be required at any time on Highway 190 from Springville on, including 4x4 vehicles. CalTrans does not remove snow from Highway 190 during the night time hours.
California Highway Conditions for State Route 190 (SR-190) to Ponderosa are brought to you as a public service of CalTrans.
Links/Pointers to near by locations in the Sequoias and friends.
Boz Saddlery Hi-Tech Performance Riding School For English And Western Collected And Speed Bozzage Combined, in Springville.
Quaker Meadow Camp Quaker Meadow Camp has offered 60 years of the Christian camping experience for all ages.
Hot Springs Cabin Rentals is nestled just inside the Sequoia National Monument at California Hot Springs, CA.
R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, Established in 1949, Pyles Boys Camp seeks to install new hope and confidence in economically disadvantaged boys.
R-Ranch in the Sequoias, Johnsondale which is located just south of Ponderosa.
Wally's History of Johnsondale. A short but very interesting history of Johnsondale with photos.
http://www.tcoe.org/scicon/weather/weather/current_vantage_pro_plus_scicon.htm Weather station at SCICON - near Springville.
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History of the closing and opening of the The Western Divide Highway from Ponderosa to Kernville/Johnsondale/Hot Springs
|OPEN, Thursday, April 28, 2017|
|OPEN, Thursday, April 21, 2016||CLOSED: Saturday, November 26, 2016|
|OPEN, Thursday, April 9, 2015||CLOSED: Monday, November 16, 2015|
|OPEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014||CLOSED: Friday, December 12, 2014|
|OPEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013||CLOSED: Saturday, December 2013|
|RE-OPEN: Tuesday, November 20,2012||RE-CLOSED: Friday, December 14, 2012|
|OPEN: Friday, April 27, 2012||CLOSED: Friday, November 9, 2012|
|OPEN: Thursday, May 5, 2011||CLOSED: Sunday, November 6, 2011|
|OPEN: Thursday, May 6, 2010||CLOSED: Saturday, November 20, 2010|
|CLOSED: Sunday, November 29, 2009|