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Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway

Scenic Byways or Routes
A lightly clouded blue sky peaks over the heavily forested banks of Huntington Lake. – Sue Exline, USDA FS

The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (California Route 168) features a range of recreation opportunities, historic tours, and scenic views of mountains and valleys.

The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway was designated a Forest Service Scenic Byway in 1992.

From resort towns to recreation areas, historic tours to impressive views, the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway is a drive that includes recreation for every personality. This 70-mile byway is as fun-filled as it is beautiful, offering views of mountain and valley as you drive the route.

The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway begins in the town of Clovis, a suburb of Fresno. All the excitement of a city vacation is offered in Clovis, where you can go antiquing, shopping, and take historic walking tours. Continue your journey on Highway 168 to the border of the Sierra National Forest. Explore Shaver Lake, and enjoy the great outdoors. This area will provide lodging, horseback riding, skiing, camping, fishing, and mountain biking to name a few.

Farther east on the byway, find Huntington Lake, where boating, fishing, camping, skiing, and snowboarding make up the area's four-season recreation. This area nestled in the Sierras is comprised of beautiful alpine views and abundant wildlife.

The route ends in the Kaiser Wilderness in Sierra Canyon. From here, end your journey by checking out the region's famed hiking trails. From each trail, adventure is just around the corner. Do a little research beforehand, and be armed with fishing gear or picnic supplies and make the most of your day's climb.

Driving Directions

This byway is located in the Central Valley and High Sierra Regions of California, beginning northwest of Fresno at the junction of Highway 145 and Highway 168. Follow 168 north past Clovis, Shaver Lake, and Huntington Lake. The byway ends at the Kaiser Wilderness Area.

Allow 4 hours to drive the byway.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway begins in Old Town Clovis, a suburb of Fresno. Clovis, the "gateway to the Sierras," offers shopping, antique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. During the holiday season, one can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride.

The byway leaves Clovis and travels up the western slope of the Sierras, through the Sierra National Forest. Shaver Lake offers lodging, horseback riding, skiing, camping, fishing, and mountain biking.

Enjoy boating, fishing, camping, skiing, wildlife viewing, and alpine views in the Huntington Lake area. Sailboat races are held throughout the summer.

The byway ends at 9,000 feet at Kaiser Pass Meadow and the Kaiser Wilderness Area. This area is known for hiking trails and rock climbing. White Bark Vista has a half mile nature trail.

Length of Byway or Route

70.0 miles

Nearby Places