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Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association
PO Box 764
North Fork, CA 93643-0764

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Association Board Members

Jack McGowan, 877-3952

Doug Waltner


Mark Williams

Forest Service Rep:
Leak Pen

North Fork CoC Rep:
Mark Williams

Grizzly Association Rep:
Mike Nolen

Members at Large:
Sandy Brinley
Cori Hayth

Fire on the Byway
The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway has been going through a transformation that began with the French Fire in August 2014. The fire affected portions 13 miles inside the fire perimeter. Some areas were untouched or lightly burned and some were more severely burned. The Byway through the fire area was temporarily closed for public safety. The Forest Service took precautions during the fire and immediately afterwards to mitigate hazards along the Byway by felling hazardous trees, cleaning culverts and posting warning signs.

The Mile High Road Hazard Tree timber sale was put in place to remove dead trees that pose a public health and safety hazard along roads in the fire area. Operations on the sale are winding down at this time but will resume in May. The sale will be completed by July 31st.  Additional fire recovery and reforestation planning efforts are underway for areas away from main roads and these activities may start up as early as August 1 and could conceivably continue for a year and a half. The result may be improved views along the Byway and increased log truck traffic during times of activity.

Ross Cabin, Fish Creek and Rock Creek campgrounds were spared during the fire and are available to the visiting public. Views at Mile High overlook are enhanced with additional scenic views of Eagle Beaks and the high sierra. Burned area in the foreground and across Mammoth Pool add a change in the scenery; welcome or not.

From now through the end of July 2015 the Mile High Road Hazard Tree timber sale will afford interesting views of the logging process but will also create driving hazards in the form of obstacles in the roadway such as rocks and limbs.  Byway visitors may be delayed for a short time for their safety as the loggers skid logs or load trucks but they have been reasonable about wait times and they are required to clear the roadway to allow passage of vehicular traffic.

Be cautious in the logging zones and always drive at a safe speed while on the Byway. Anticipate a log truck or RV at any time and on any corner, but enjoy the changes occurring along the Byway and keep coming back to see how the forest is renewed over the next several years.


2017 Events Schedule

April 19, 2017 ~ SVSBA Annual Meeting, 7pm, North Fork School music room, Short meeting & Board Member elections followed by a special presentation. Light refreshments served. Public welcome.

May 10, 2017 ~ SVSBA Monthly Meeting, 5:00pm, National Forest Ranger District Board Room, 57003 Rd 225 in North Fork

Access the current meeting Agenda and previous meeting Minutes by clicking the Meetings navigation link at the top of every page.

All members are welcome to attend and participate.

Be sure to visit our Local Resources web page!

Mile High Vista lookout point
Mile High Vista Lookout
Photo by Linda Jones ~ Summer Tour 2015
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Highway 41:  NEW Byway Billboard Sign
The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Association’s directional billboard sign - just about 1 mile south of Road 200 as you travel north on Route 41 – received a new facelift in Spring 2015!

The previous, fading, but impressive sign had been a known landmark for years, guiding visitors and locals to make the next turn toward the towns of O’Neals and North Fork, then on to the magnificent vistas of the Scenic Byway.

Installation was completed at the end of March, several days ahead of the April 1st scheduled deadline. Yay, Team!

Billboard sign photo provided by photographer Roger Robinette. Used here with permission.

Highway 41 Byway Billboard Sign
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Byway Association
Business Meetings

We meet at 5:00pm, on the second Wednesday of each month in the National Forest Ranger District Board Room, 57003 Rd. 225 in North Fork

Please come and join us!

Current Agenda
Recent Meeting Minutes

Agenda Apr 19

Minutes Mar 8

Minutes Feb 8

Minutes Nov 9

Our Mission Statement

The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose it is to stimulate interest in educational, interpretive and related activities along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. All donations are tax-deductible.

Travel Caution:

The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway is a SEASONAL ROUTE with no snow removal. There are no services and no cell phone signals in this area. Please be prepared and check with the U.S. Forest Service (559-877-2218) or the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (559-683-4636) for road and weather conditions before starting your trip.

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Winter Road Conditions
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NEW Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Tee Shirts & Audio Tour CDs!
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Byway Audio Tour CD


Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Tee Shirt

Classic short sleeve tee in comfortable cotton fabric. (Heather Grey shirt is 99% cotton/1% poly blend)

Front left chest has SVSBA logo. Back of shirt shows a view of Mile High Vista along the Byway. Choose from 3 adult sizes and 4 new colors!



$15 each

Adult Medium, Large, X-Large

Light Blue (Large only), Heather Grey, Cream, Taupe
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Byway Audio Tour CD

CD includes 15 audio tracks from several local Byway experts to guide you on a tour of the Byway as you travel from one point of interest to the next. Includes music interwoven with the talks to enhance your Byway experience. A small map of the Byway is also included in the CD case.


$12 each

1hour 15 minutes run time

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A donation to support SVSBA projects
Any $$ Amount
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