year round Station facilities are at an elevation of 6,380 feet
in California on the east slope of the northern Sierra Nevada,
approximately 20 miles North of Lake Tahoe.
The roughly 8,000
acre Sagehen Creek watershed [Sagehen Experimental Forest] includes yellow pine, mixed conifer,
and red fir forests, brushfields, scattered mountain meadows and
fens. Deep snow is typical of the winter season, and dry, warm
weather is typical of the summer period. Sagehen Creek is about
8 miles long, extending eastward from near the crest of the Sierra
to Stampede Reservoir on the Little Truckee River.
is managed by the Truckee
Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest & the Pacific
Southwest Research Station primarily for research & education. Sagehen Creek is a candidate for inclusion in the Wild and
Scenic River Inventory. More information about the Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Sagehen Experimental Forest is available here.
Visitors must make arrangements with the Station Manager for the
combination to open a locked gate about 200 yards off of hwy 89.
The 1.8 mi. entrance road (from Hwy 89) is unpaved and snow is
not removed during the winter. Snowmobiles, snowshoes and skis
are used to access the station between roughly November to May.
Station facilities include 19 buildings housing up to 53 people
in the summer, 25 in the winter.