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

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Association Board Members

Chairman:
Jack McGowan, 877-3952

Vice-Chairman:
Doug Waltner

Secretary:
Open

Treasurer:
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.

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.

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

June 14, 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.


Sat. June 24, 2017 ~ Summer Tour #1
"Stars on the Scenic Byway"
Meet 7pm at the North Fork Post Office parking lot. We will car pool to Mile High Vista & return around 10:30pm. Bring telescope or binoculars.

Sat. July 29, 2017 ~ Summer Tour #2
"Secret Byway Vistas"
Meet 9am at The Pines parking lot, Bass Lake.   From there we will car pool to the Jackass Lake trail head. Wear hiking shoes & sunscreen. Bring water, food, binoculars.

Click HERE to see Summer Tours Flyer PDF

And see 2017 Summer Tours details below.

Be sure to visit our Local Resources web page!

 

2017 Summer Byway Tours

Stars on the Scenic Byway
Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:  Meet at the North Fork Post Office parking lot.  We will car pool to Mile High Vista, about a 45 minute drive.

We will have an expert assisting in viewing and identifying stars and constellations from this fantastic viewing spot.  Mile High Vista provides 360 degrees of clear, light free, star gazing.

We will return around 10:30 PM.
Bring a telescope or binoculars if you have them, although we will provide some equipment.  A lot can be seen with the naked eye, too.


Secret Byway Vistas
Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 9:00 AM
Location:   Meet at the Pines parking lot.  From there we will car pool up to the Jackass Lake trail head.

Retired USFS back country ranger, Mike Olwyler, will lead us on a short, uphill hike to two of the most spectacular view sites in the mountains.  He will help identify the geography of the Sierra from there.  You will see meadows and mountain peaks as far away as Kings Canyon from the first stop/hike. 

Next, Mike will lead us on another short, semi strenuous hike to a spot where we can get a fantastic view of the San Joaquin River Basin.

The second spot is optional, but we hope you will join us for both.

This tour will involve short, but somewhat strenuous hiking.  Bring food and water, and binoculars, if you have them.

Questions?  Email dwaltner@netptc.net

 

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
and
Recent Meeting Minutes



Minutes Apr 19

Minutes Mar 8

Minutes Feb 8












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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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!

 

PRICE INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING within the USA

$15 each

Sizes:
Adult Medium, Large, X-Large

Colors:
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.

PRICE INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING within the USA

$12 each

1hour 15 minutes run time

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