Tahoe National Forest

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General Information

Tahoe National Forest spans over a million acres of public and private land. It is located in North-Eastern California, east of Sacramento and in the northern Sierra Nevada. Many people confuse the Tahoe Forest with Lake Tahoe. Do not confuse them. These are two different places.


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The Tahoe Forest was established in 1893. At that time, settlers new generations of Californians were rapidly cutting down the old growth forests in order to build homes and use the wood for burning and in other activities. At the turn of the century, conversationalists began alarming people and the government about how damaging these activities were being to the natural habitat of the land. So starting at the turn of the century, many plots of land were saved from cutting down and preserved. Tahoe National Forest was one such place.

The United States National Forest System began when president Theodore Roosevelt supported the transfer of forest reserves from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in 1905, with Gifford Pinchot as Chief Forester.




The forest is home to some giant Sequoias. There is a small redwood grove near Placer County called "Big Trees" that is home to a small section of redwoods. Redwoods do not typically grow so far inland so this grove is pretty unique.

The reason the redwoods are able to grow so large is that the coastal fog from the Pacific Ocean brings in extra moisture during dry seasons. Since Tahoe Forest is so far from the coast, it is a small wonder than the Sequoias are able to thrive at the forest.

Other than the redwoods, the forest is home to an estimated 84,000 acres of old growth forests. The old growth includes Coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, Sugar Pine, California Incense Cedar, California Black Oak, Lodgepole Pine, and Red Fir.


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Camping Possibilities

There are a few dozen camp grounds spread out around the forest in different locations. The nearby towns are Truckee, Camptonville, Dutch Flat, Foresthill and Downieville. For availability and rates, check with forest representatives.

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Group Name: Sacramento Backpacking

Group Description: Sacramento-area based group with a preference for multiple-day excursions into the backcountry.

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