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
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 a 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 stand up paddleboarding 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.
Take Life For Granite And Go Climbing Or Skiing
Speaking of dual days, another High Sierra area that’s blessed with spring activities is the Eastern Sierra. The town of Bishop in Owens Valley is surrounded by lofty peaks that reach as high as 14,000 feet. Although it’s a year-round mecca for climbing, spring is when it becomes an even bigger playground for outdoor fun. How so? In winter, many of the backcountry skiing routes such as Mt. Tom have LONG approaches unfeasible for most. As the snow levels slowly creep higher this time of year, roads begin to provide easier access. There’s a chance you could ski powder in the morning and follow it up with rock climbing in a t-shirt and shorts in the afternoon.
Embrace The Sun & Dine Outdoors
No matter where you are in the Sierra during spring, expect LOTS of sunshine. The higher elevations may reach as high as fifty degrees, but that golden orb will feel much warmer on your skin. This adds dining outside to the already long list of fun things to do in spring in Mammoth. Still too chilly? In the lower elevations, expect it to be MUCH warmer. In fact, in the town of Bishop, you’ll find that you can dine Al Fresco pretty much all year long.
Wildflowers Are Beginning To Bloom
While the highest peaks are still snow covered, the sleepy blanket of winter fades 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!
Another major wonder to see as part of the annual cycle of rebirth is 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.