Welcome to Ponderosa, California
located in the Southern Sierras
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The Western Divide Highway from Ponderosa to Kernville/Johnsondale/Hot Springs is
now open as of Thursday, April 9th.

Information: normally pagers and cell phones do NOT work in the Ponderosa area.

    Real-time weather conditions at Ponderosa

Ponderosa Cabin For Sale ++ reduced price from $550,000 to $399,000

    Photos of the wind, rain and snow damage to Ponderosa on New Years Eve, 2005.

    High Altitude:  Acclimatization and Illnesses

     Plants found in the local area of the Southern Sierras

     2006 Fire Safe - Make you Home Fire Safe, 100' Defensible Space.  More details....

Where is Ponderosa ?

Location of Forest Service web cams. 

History of Ponderosa

Where to hike in the Ponderosa area (Large file size, 48K)

Piggly Pines Rental

Ponderosa area weather forecast and weather history

Aspen Real Estate    

Index to pictures in the Ponderosa area

Cross country skiing

Calendar of Coming Events

   Winter recreation & snowmobile trails (maps)  Currently only have one map, but working on more.

For information and pictures concerning the McNally fire which started on Sunday, July 21, 2002, click here.  As of August 28, 2002 the fire is now 100% contained.  The fire burnt 150,696 acres or 243 square miles at a cost of $45.7 Million.

  Needles Fire Lookout  Needles Fire Lookout is located about 2 miles east of Ponderosa.

 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:


Cabin rentals


Fishing  Where to fish in the Ponderosa area

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 (el. 4700), then Camp Nelson (el. 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.

  Best Restaurant in Kernville, Home of the 40 oz. Porterhouse.

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.

City of Porterville, California

City of Springville, California

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 9, 2015  
OPEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 CLOSED: Friday, December 12, 2014
OPEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013 CLOSE: Saturday, December 2013
RE-OPEN: Tuesday, November 20,2012 RE-CLOSED: Friday, December 14, 2012
OPEN: Friday, April 27, 2012 CLOSE: Friday, November 9, 2012
OPEN: Thursday, May 5, 2011 CLOSE: Sunday, November 6, 2011
OPEN: Thursday, May 6, 2010 CLOSE: Saturday, November 20, 2010
  CLOSE: Sunday, November 29, 2009