In association with the Southern Sierra CZO, the Saproot Saddle site is part of an elevational transect that increases in altitude from west to east: San Joaquin Experimental Range (400 m), Soaproot Saddle (1100 m), Providence Creek Headwater Catchments (P301, 2000 m), and Short Hair Creek (2700 m).
The site encompasses 582 hectares (1,438 acres) of mixed conifer forest, ranging in elevation from 998 m to 1383 m (3,274 – 4,537ft). The terrain is relatively complex, with coarse hills, steep slopes, and narrow drainages. NEON has designated SOAP as one of two relocatable terrestrial sites for Domain 17 - Pacific Southwest. The domain’s relocatable aquatic site, Upper Big Creek, is just north of the terrestrial site boundaries.
NEON Data (relocatable terrestrial) from this site.