The Western Divide
Highway from Ponderosa to Kernville/Johnsondale/Hot Springs is
now closed as of Friday, December 12th.
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:
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.
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
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 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|