NORTH FORK — The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is hosting a free tour of the Nelder Grove “Primeval Log & Enchanted Mystery Tree”. The adventure will take place on July 30th, 2022.
The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is nearly 100 miles of scenic treasures through the Sierra National Forest in California. Many examples of the Sierra’s most distinctive granite domes, meadows, and glacial valleys can be seen along the way. The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway begins two miles north of the foothill community of North Fork, climbing the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range until its crest, and finally dropping back down into the foothills near Oakhurst.
Brenda Negley, Author, and Director of Friends of Nelder Grove will lead a 2 1/2 mile tour through California Meadow and Nichols Meadow to a log that is older than 1000 years, nicknamed the 10k log. Next, you will head to the Bull Buck trailhead where Brenda can introduce you to the Mr. Bill mature sequoia tree found in an enchanted area that most people have not experienced.
Nelder Grove consists of approximately 1,540 acres in the Sierra National Forest. Currently, there are about 100 mature sequoias mixed in a forest of pine, fir, and cedar.
The land was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service from the Madera Flume and Trading Company in 1928.
Nelder Grove was first named Fresno Grove of Big Trees because it was in Fresno County. The Grove was first surveyed in 1874 by the General Land Office and it was not until 1937 that the name Nelder Grove appeared on Sierra National Forest maps.
Nelder Grove is a natural habitat for wildlife: black bear, mule deer, weasel, raccoon, gray squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels to name a few.
Bird life also favors the area: tanagers, juncos, sparrows, hawks, spotted owls, and at least three different species of woodpeckers.
There will be a short rest and time to eat lunch at the Bull Buck Tree. Bring water and lunch/snacks.
The guided hike is open and free to all participants.
Everyone will meet at Sierra Sky Ranch parking lot, 50552 Rd. 632, Oakhurst, at 8:30 am on July 30th, 2022.