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Karen's Preserve

Wildlife Viewing Area
View of Sierra Nevada – ESLT Staff

ADA Accessibility Notes

At this time this property does not have any developed trails.

Karen's Preserve is a beautiful and rugged 33-acre parcel owned and managed by local conservation nonprofit Eastern Sierra Land Trust. From this property, visitors can see expansive views of Crowley Lake, the Long Valley, and the Benton Range to the east. To the west jut the steep slopes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

Named in honor of Eastern Sierra Land Trust founder and former Executive Director, Karen Ferrell-Ingram, Karen’s Preserve is permanently protected thanks to growing community support of Eastern Sierra Land Trust's conservation work. The preserve is bordered by public lands and its purpose is to conserve vital wildlife habitat and scenic views.

Karen's Preserve protects a critical portion of the migration corridor for the Round Valley mule deer herd. These are best observed in spring and fall as they pass through between their lower elevation winter range and higher summer range in the mountains.

Vegetation here consists primarily of sagebrush scrub and scattered pinyon pines, mountain mahogany, Jeffrey pines, and Sierra juniper. The southeast corner of the property holds a small meadow crossed by a year-around creek, and a knobby overlook can be seen from Scenic Highway 395.

Karen's Preserve is open to the public, though there are no established trails and the landscape is rugged. Please help protect the rich diversity of plant and animal life found at the Preserve by following these simple rules:

  • Enjoy your visit on foot
  • Motor vehicles and bicycles prohibited
  • Pets allowed only on leash
  • Horseback riding prohibited
  • No harassment of wildlife permitted
  • Camping, stoves, and fires are prohibited
  • Pack out all trash
  • No hunting or shooting

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

September - June

Best Time for Viewing

Fall through Spring

Pet Friendly Notes

We request that dogs be leashed to prevent them from chasing wildlife.

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