Western Divide Highway Professional Review and Guide
"The Western Divide Highway has many of the qualities of Sequoia National Park, but with only a fraction of the crowds. The road up from the foothills is steep, narrow, and twisty. When you get to about the 6,000-foot level, the road turns into an excellent high-standard highway through a wonderful forest next to emerald meadows, much like the Generals Highway from Giant Forest to Grant Grove. There is even a grove of giant sequoia trees. The campgrounds are generally peaceful, except on weekends, when they fill up. Specialty birds: Resident—Northern Goshawk; Mountain Quail; Redbreasted Sapsucker; White-headed Woodpecker; Steller’s Jay; Townsend’s Solitaire; Wrentit; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Black Swift; Calliope Hummingbird; Western Wood-Pewee; Hammond’s Flycatcher; Black-throated Gray, MacGillivray’s, and Hermit Warblers; Green-tailed Towhee; Black-chinned Sparrow; Lazuli Bunting; Bullock’s Oriole. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."