Area: 4,807 acres
Elevation: 4800 - 7600 ft.
Precipitation: 42 inches per year
Temperature: Max: 78 - 45 F - Min: 45 - 20 F
Mountain Home forest is located in the Southern Sierra Nevada range just east of Porterville, California. It has several of the largest and oldest giant sequoia trees in the world, some reaching 240 feet tall and 27 feet in diameter, and many are more than 2,000 years old. In 1946, the State of California acted in an effort to conserve the huge redwoods on the Mt. Home tract that John Muir called "the finest in the Sierra," and purchased the land from a logging company. The result has been the preservation of more than 5,000 old-growth giant sequoias and active management of the mixed conifer forest that surrounds them, including ponderosa pine and sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar.
The local Native Americans used this area in the summer, and an interpretive exhibit at Sunset Point leads visitors through an archaeological site with evidence of occupation dating back 8,000 years. Trout fishing from three stocked ponds and the Tule River is popular, and backcountry lakes can be reached by foot or by horse. Guide service and rental horses are available at the pack station located near Shake Camp. Brochures for one-two mile interpretive hikes and a motor tour are available at the forest headquarters, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also enjoyed here.
Campsites are open from May to October, depending upon snow conditions, with campfire rings provided but no open fires allowed. Camps do have running water and pit toilets. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than six feet. No horses are allowed in camp. Hunting is permitted under applicable State game laws and regulations.