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When people think of November, visions of clouds, rain, and cold usually come to mind. This couldn’t be further from the truth for the High Sierra. It’s true that small storms begin to peak their head, but for the most part, you can expect sunny skies with cool comfortable temps. With fun things to do in November in California High Sierra, you pretty much have access to the full gambit of four-season fun. To help, here’s 5 of our favorites to get your sense of adventure rolling.

Go Skiing

opening day at Mammoth Mountain
Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Mountain Resort

Near the top of our list of fun things to do in November in California High Sierra is normally opening day at ski resorts across the state. It’s a time to celebrate the end of fall and the beginning of snow sliding season. At a hefty 11,053 feet above sea level, Mammoth Mountain provides the highest lift-served skiing in the state. Despite old man winter dishing out 400 inches of snow annually, they bolster that with snowmaking ensuring they are one of the first to open in the country. This year’s opening date is set for November 13th.

Gobble Up Some Singletrack

mountain biking 007 trail in Bass Lake CA
Photo by: Local Freshies® – Image appears courtesy: High Sierra Visitor’s Council

For gravity fed fun, the High Sierra offers a cornucopia of mountain biking adventures to pick from. By November, some of the higher terrain maybe covered in snow, but the lower valleys and foothills of the Sierra provide some of the best conditions of the season. One of our fall favorite adventures is to tackle Bass Lake’s famed 007 trail, following it up with sunset views from Yosemite’s Glacier Point.

Climb A Rock

bouldering in Bishop
Buttermilk Country. Photo: Jim Purdum – Image appears courtesy: Bishop Visitors Center

For some reason, as soon as winter arrives on the peaks of the Sierra, people think Bishop is snow-covered. It couldn’t be further from the truth. November through April is prime season for bouldering. Instead of the triple digit heat of summer, you’ll find pleasant temps in the 60s. What the famed granite walls are to Yosemite, bouldering is to Bishop. Start at the Happy & Sad Boulders then send your way through the Buttermilks. If you prefer to rope up, follow the sun on the cliffs of the Owens River Gorge.

Obtain Serenity Via A Stroll

Stockton Creek Reserve in Yosemite Mariposa County
Image appears courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

If there’s one thing anyone regardless of age will appreciate, it’s a pleasant hike in nature. Of course, you can attempt to tackle a big climb, but we suggest slowing down and enjoying the season. Take in the last bit of fall colors, or better yet, explore one of the lesser known trails in the foothills of the Sierra like Stockton Creek Preserve. Just minutes outside of the historic town of Mariposa, you’ll find a birding paradise within an oak forest.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Tuolumne County Alicias Sugar Shack
Photo by: Local Freshies® – Image appears courtesy: High Sierra Visitor’s Council

Let’s be honest… fall is hands-down the best season for baked goods. Ingredients like aromatic pumpkin spice, rich caramel, and zesty cinnamon just make your mouth water. This is the time to splurge and enjoy a decadent dessert. Make a pitstop at Alicia’s Sugar Shack on your way to explore Sonora Pass. Serving up tasty pastries such as scones, danishes, cookies, and even gluten-free options, you’ll be swooning in heaven. For the foodie, we suggest a visit to Visalia. Located in the center of the fruit basket of America, you’ll find a plethora of places to enjoy like the Bee Hive Bakeshop. You can taste the passion in their offerings. From creative cupcakes that can stand toe-to-toe with Cupcake Wars champions to mouthwatering hand pies, you’ll be giddy from the flavor profiles.

Although “Fun-tober” is a blast, as you can see, November is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to things to see and do.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at https://localfreshies.com



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