The Western Divide Highway from Ponderosa to Kernville/Johnsondale/Hot Springs is now open as of Thursday, April 28th.


Information: normally pagers and cell phones do NOT work in the Ponderosa area.



Where is Ponderosa ?

Piggly Pines Rental  Annie’s Piggly Pines - Please visit for information, pictures and booking the cabin.

Aspen Real Estate    


 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:

Cabin rentals




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 (elevation. 4700), then Camp Nelson (elevation. 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.

California Highway 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.

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 28, 2017  
OPEN, Thursday, April 21, 2016 CLOSED: Saturday, November 26, 2016
OPEN, Thursday, April 9, 2015 CLOSED: Monday, November 16, 2015
OPEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 CLOSED: Friday, December 12, 2014
OPEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013 CLOSED: Saturday, December 2013
RE-OPEN: Tuesday, November 20,2012 RE-CLOSED: Friday, December 14, 2012
OPEN: Friday, April 27, 2012 CLOSED: Friday, November 9, 2012
OPEN: Thursday, May 5, 2011 CLOSED: Sunday, November 6, 2011
OPEN: Thursday, May 6, 2010 CLOSED: Saturday, November 20, 2010
  CLOSED: Sunday, November 29, 2009