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Each season has its own amazing things to see and explore. Autumn has the beautiful leaf-peeping. Winter has the peaks of the Sierra Mountains covered in alabaster white. Summer provides endless high-country adventures like horseback rides. But spring. Oh spring. It’s the ULTIMATE season for all.

Dual Day Adventures

spring skiing Squaw Valley
Image appears courtesy: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

For a person that enjoys spending their time outdoors doing multi-sport activities in wide open spaces filled with fresh air, this is THE time to come visit. Like a food pairing, spring provides you the opportunity to enjoy dual day experience in the High Sierra without the busy crowds. Hit the ski slopes or go for a shopping stroll through town in the morning. In the afternoon, unwind with a stand up paddle or kayak on a clear calm lake. And then finish the day off with s’mores beside a firepit. The options are truly endless. Check out North Lake Tahoe’s amazing spring experiences page to get a taste of the dual day adventures that await you.

Wildflowers Are Beginning To Bloom

Spring wildflowers in the High Sierra Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Image appears courtesy: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Visit Tuolumne

While the highest peaks are still snow covered, the sleepy blanket of winter has pretty much faded away in the meadows. Early spring is the time of year to head to Wapama Falls in the Hetch Hetchy area. The trail toward this picturesque cascading waterfall is lined with wildflowers at their peak blooms. Or better yet, take a wildflower train ride from Railtown 1897 Historic State Park during the month of April. For more about wildflower hikes, check out our in-depth article – Scenic Wildflower Hiking Opportunities in the California High Sierra or 5 Easy To Spot Flowers In California High Sierra & One Flowering Plant.

I Am Waterfall – Hear Me Roar!

Yosemite Falls National Park
Image appears courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Another major wonder to see as part of the annual cycle of rebirth are the waterfalls. As the snowpack continues to melt, the cascades grow to their peak volume. In fact, the Sierra Nevada is home to a vast assortment of waterfalls including three of the world’s tallest just in Yosemite alone. The three monoliths are Yosemite Fall, Sentinel Fall, and Horsetail Fall. To read up more about why spring is so majestic in Yosemite, check out Yosemite Mariposa County’s article.

Summer Crowds Aren’t Here Yet

Bass Lake Live Pines Resort California High Sierra Music
Image Appears Courtesy – Pines Resort Lodge

If you want to see the iconic spots in the High Sierra, this is THE time to visit. Besides the sensory overload of colors from beacon white peaks to emerald green meadows, the crowds are much less, which means you’ll find cheaper lodging and a bit more elbow room. This is also when resorts like Bass Lake re-open for water-based fun. Or for those that need a bit more adrenaline, hop onto a raft for some whitewater fun or drop in on some heart-pounding singletrack on your mountain bike.

Just like the wildlife that is waking up from their winter snooze, this is a great time to get outdoors and experience the High Sierra.

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

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