Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
|National Forest Scenic Byway|
|Maintained by U.S. Forest Service|
|Length||82.7 mi (133.1 km)|
|Existed||July 14, 1989 –present|
The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is an 82.7-mile (133.1 km) route through the Sierra National Forest in the U.S. state of 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 (3 km) 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.
The byway begins on Forest Service Road 81 (FS 81) and continues north, loosely paralleling the San Joaquin River. The designation continues west on FS 7; the initial part of it is a dirt road. FS 7 eventually becomes paved again; however, the byway continues southwest onto Sky Ranch Road, which is FS 10 and is initially unpaved. The byway ends at SR 41.
The route is generally open June through October and takes approximately 5 hours to drive.
Points of interest
Globe Rock is a large granodiorite, semispherical boulder resting atop a small granodiorite perch. It once served as a gathering place of the Mono Indians as seen by the many acorn grinding mortars in the surrounding granite. Theodore Roosevelt was once photographed here. Globe Rock is a corestone that was formed in place by spheroidal weathering and later exposed by the erosion of the saprolite that once enclosed it.
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- "Exploring the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- "Sierra Vista Scenic Byway: Map". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
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- The Grizzly Century Bicycle Rally is an annual charity event that climbs over 10,000 vertical feet of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
- USDA Forest Service Guide to the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway