Sequoia Quaking Aspen

The largest area of Giant Sequoia National Monument lies in the Western Divide Ranger District of Sequoia National Forest, on the west side the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Sequoia National Park. In addition to cozy car camping, the national monument offers access to giant sequoia groves and several fine trails. Of the ten campgrounds in the Western Divide Ranger District, Quaking Aspen is one of the largest, with 32 well-spaced sites that can be reserved online (for a fee) or on a first-come first-serve basis. Campsites start at $14. Quaking Aspen provides vault toilets, potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, and plenty of shade. Quaking Aspen is a nice place to camp on holiday weekends when other campgrounds can feel feel claustrophobic. The trees around each site offer privacy and serenity.

Once at Quaking Aspen Campground, there is plenty to do. A trail from the campground leads to Slate Mountain, and Needles Lookout and Dome Rock are a short drive away. Trail of 100 Giants and a natural water slide are only a bit further.

Quaking Aspen
A Quaking Aspen sunset

To get to Quaking Aspen: From Southern California, take the 5 north to the 99 north. After Bakersfield, head north on Route 65 to Porterville. Head east on the 190 and climb up the windy road into the mountains.

Campground address: Western Divide Highway, Sequoia National Forest, Springville, CA 93265
Campground coordinates: 36.121133, -118.543621

Beyond Quaking Aspen, there are four other nearby campgrounds located along the Western Divide Highway (CA 190). Redwood Meadow offers 15 sites, Coy Flats has 20, and Belknap Campground has 15. Their locations are marked on the map below.

 

Campgrounds in the Western Divide Ranger District

Coy Flat Campground | 20 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 5,000 feet | near the town of Camp Nelson

Belknap Campground | 15 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 5,000 feet | near the town of Camp Nelson

Frog Meadow Campground | 9 sites | first-come first-serve | picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets (no water) | elevation 3,000 feet

Leavis Flat Campground | 17 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 5,300 feet

Lower Peppermint Campground | 17 sites | first-come first-serve | picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets (no water) | elevation 5,300 feet

Quaking Aspen Campground | 32 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 7,000 feet

Redwood Meadow Campground | 15 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 6,100 feet | on Western Divide Highway across from the Trail of 100 Giants

Upper Peppermint Campground | undeveloped sites | first-come first-serve | vault toilets (no water) | elevation 7,100 feet

White River Campground | 12 sites | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 4,000 feet

Wishon Campground | 30 sites (and 4 double sites) | reservations accepted | potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes, and vault toilets | elevation 3,900 feet

 

Nearby Trails
Sierra Hiking and campingNeedles Lookout
This 5-mile hike visits a fire tower with unbeatable views of the region.
Sierra Western Divide ViewDome Rock
This short hike just off Western Divide Highway provides a great view of the valley below.
hiking trails sequoiaTrail of 100 Giants
This pave half-mile loop visits a grove of Giant Sequoias alongside Western Divide Highway.
Sierra hikesNatural Water Slide
This one mile hike visits a refreshing natural water slide on the eastern side of the Great Western Divide.
hiking trails sequoiaMore trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Explore other destinations in the Sierra including Sequoia National Park.
Nearby Camping
Sequoia CampgroundsSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Campgrounds
There are 14 campgrounds with over 1,000 total sites spread throughout the park to facilitate your visit.
Sequoia National Forest Campgrounds Hume LakeHume Lake Ranger District Campgrounds
There are fourteen campgrounds in the Hume Lake Ranger District of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Forest National Monument, including the 74-site Hume Lake Campground.

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