Lush forests teeming with wildlife, glaciated granite domes, spectacular waterfalls, towering groves of Giant Sequoias, aquamarine pools, lakes, and tributaries, and two of California’s three renowned National Parks – Yosemite and Sequoia. Welcome to the western Sierra.

Few locations in the world rival the stunning beauty of this renowned section of the Sierra Nevada range. Its natural bounties provide a tremendous range of recreational opportunities with each changing season from backpacking, hiking, and camping, to kayaking, fishing, and white water rafting in the warmer months, to downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in winter.

Along with breathtaking views from its rugged peaks, California’s western Sierra is known for its unique geological features and diverse cultural influences. From the earliest Native American inhabitants and Gold Rush pioneers — to today’s colorful residents and visitors who cherish the abundant beauty, adventure and serene peacefulness offered by this treasured California mountain region.



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Via Ferrata
When venturing deep into the mountains visitors are looking for empty beaches, quiet roads, and a destination all to themselves. Discover the secret season in the High Sierra to get all that and more!
Weird Festivals In the High Sierra
From creepy crawl-ees to itchy leaf-ees, howl your way into fun this fall when you visit these three weird, off-the-wall festivals.
On the West Coast there's no better place that captures the essence of autumn like here. If you're planning the perfect fall foliage getaway, then this list & some tips will help maximize your leaf peeping when in the High Sierra. Don't miss out on mother nature's display before it's too late.
Angels Camp
Many mountain ranges have ski towns focused only on one time of year but that's not the case in the High Sierra. Here's 3 towns that prove our point.
Yosemite National Park Night Sky
Did you know that 80% of humanity can't see the Milky Way? Fortunately, stargazing in the High Sierra gives you opportunity to see this and much more!
Auto Camp Yosemite High Sierra Glamping
Experience the starry skies, listen to campfire stories, and all the best parts of camping without waking up to a sore back!
Mono Lake Best spots for a sunset in the High Sierra
From historic marvels to otherworldly landscapes, here's a taste of some of the best spots to get a sunrise/sunset photo in the High Sierra.
It isn’t the end of the road but rather the journey that creates the experience & lasting memories. Here's a few ideas in the High Sierra to truly savor the flavors of this mountain range!
These events will keep you entertained & make sure you celebrate the America's independence the right way... with FUN!
Best Bike Paths In The High Sierra Pope Baldwin Beach Bike Path
Don’t sit in traffic this summer! Instead, pedal your way to see a whole new side of the Sierra on one of these 3 amazing bike paths.
Devils Postpile
If you’ve seen the must do attractions in the Sierra Nevada or just want to escape the crowds, these hidden gems in the High Sierra are a great option.
Snowshow Brewing Award Winning Breweries in the High Sierra
With such cold, clear, pure water to be accessed, it’s no surprise that these mountains hold many award winning breweries in the High Sierra. But don’t take our word for it.
Folks don’t realize how close three of California’s National Parks really are... and the Majestic Mountain Loop gives you the opportunity to visit all THREE in a three day road trip.
Lake & River Cruises In The High Sierra
Enjoy water or just want to experience something different, look no further than a lake or river cruise in the High Sierra. These will create memories that will last a lifetime!
gold panning California Gold Rush
Instead of reading about it in history books, why not experience the California Gold Rush in the High Sierra in person.
Concerts in the Pines High Sierra Music Festival
Regardless of your favorite live music or the food you enjoy most, we've got you covered. After you finish your day, pull up an Adirondack chair, lay back and take in the easy summertime vibes the High Sierra has to offer while listening to some live music.
Van Sickle Bi-Sta
Here's three state parks in the High Sierra that showcase all the adventures you can have year-round
Bass Lake Fishing Derby
Make this fishing season one for the history books by entering a fishing derby in the High Sierra.
Webber Lake High Sierra Lake Fishing
Be the one that comes home with grand tales of the “monster” you caught and the envy of all your pals. When it comes to fishing, the lakes in the High Sierra offer you some of the best in the world.
Calaveras Frog Jumping Contest
From the crazy pack scramble to hot power sawing and even leaping frogs, these three High Sierra festivals showcase what makes this region so special.
Parker Lake Fishing in Mono County
Catching the “Big One” is a relaxing way to get away from the stress of everyday life and a picturesque way to get to know the California High Sierra. All you need is a little bait, maybe a boat and a love of the great outdoors to fish the High Sierra.
Sequoia National Park Tunnel Log Driving
Each nook & cranny of the High Sierra is filled with unique things to see. These unique “gems” will inspire you to plan a trip today.
sequoia national park big trees hike
Don’t let another weekend or vacation pass by without exploring one of these many kid friendly activities in the High Sierra.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel Historic Lodges In The High Sierra
Historic lodges in the High Sierra are more than just a place to rest up between experiences. They qualify as destinations in their own right. Here's a glimpse into some of the most legendary.
Hollywood in the High Sierra Historic Downtown Truckee
From romantic comedies to sci-fi flicks to American classics, the High Sierra has set the stage for many a film.
Bonsai Rock Instagramable Places In The High Sierra
It’s no secret that nearly every square inch of the Sierra Nevada is photogenic. And these four Instagramable places in the High Sierra definitely showcase that!
Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center Snowmobiling In The High Sierra
It's no surprise that snowmobiling is an important part of winter fun in the Sierra Nevada. Here's a sampling of where to rev up that engine & enjoy the snow motorized style.
From seeing endangered species to unparalleled views via cross country skiing or snowshoeing, you don’t want to miss out on these amazing guided winter hikes in the High Sierra.
off roading in the High Sierra
Get off the beaten path & explore the rugged side of the Sierra Nevada. You won’t regret it!
Half Dome Village Rink Ice Skating In The High Sierra
Fun, family-friendly and also the perfect way to spend a romantic winter day or night. So grab your skates (or rent some) and enjoy!
Mount Tallac
Soaring high above the world mountains proclaim a dominance over their surrounding landscapes. Don’t let another year fly by here's 4 mountain peaks to see in the High Sierra.
South Lake Tahoe Camp Richardson Cross Country Skiing Mt Tallac Winter
Experience the unparalleled scenery, incomparable serenity and heaping amounts of fun you can have in the Sierra Nevada landscape.
From being part of a world record torchlight parade or you’re boogieing it in 'til the early morning, there’s a New Year’s Eve celebration for you this December 31st in the High Sierra.
sequoia national park marble falls winter hikes in the high sierra
Scenic vistas, snow-capped peaks, & empty trails combine for an unforgettable experience like no other time of year.
Snowshoe in the High Sierra
Winter-time activities offer you clean-crisp air, snowbound vistas, lesser crowds and so much more. So, for this season, consider a snowshoe adventure in the High Sierra.
Fancy a ski break away from the masses? Then be sure to take a close look at these 4 low-key destinations that turn out to be hidden gems in the High Sierra.
Christmas festivals in the high sierra
Get in the holiday spirit by checking out one of the many Christmas festivals in the High Sierra. From one-of-a kind experiences like the Bracebridge Dinner to festive parades.
Come celebrate and help preserve California's multitude of natural wonders and cultural heritage by visiting one of these three state parks in the High Sierra.
mercer caverns high sierra attractions
While the iconic destinations are a must for everyone to see here's a list of 3 lesser-known tourist attractions in the High Sierra that are worth the visit as well.
Halloween in the High Sierra
Make this year's holiday a special one by heading into the High Sierra for some Halloween fun. Here's a snippet of the fun you can find this “spooky” season.
Maybe it’s the cool mountain air or the relaxed state of mind. No matter what, wine tasting in the High Sierra is unlike anywhere else. Here are a few ideas for a wine getaway you won't forget.
Fall is THE time to visit the High Sierra. It's the season for local’s AND visitors alike to enjoy the peace, tranquility AND numerous fall festivals happening in the High Sierra.
Cougar Rock Guided Hikes in the High Sierra Arnold Rim Trail
Maximize your time & get an insider’s look at the majestic mountain range in a whole other way by checking out one of these guided hikes.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Railroading Family Vacation Ideas in the High Sierra
Don't let the last glimmer of summertime pass you up without one more family trip to the High Sierra. Here are 3 family vacation ideas that will make everyone happy!
Perhaps it’s the quaint towns, invigorating mountain air or maybe the elevation. Who knows exactly... but it makes the perfect recipe for your next golfing adventure.
Bristlecone Pine Forest
Looking for a bucket list of natural wonders to see? Here's four worth exploring from the well-known to some hidden gems that exist deep in the High Sierra.
Best Scenic Byways High Sierra Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway
The High Sierra isn’t just a place filled with many one-of-a kind wonders. It’s also a destination to remove the tension of city life. Get away from the mid-summer heat, the terrible traffic and check out one of the many scenic byways in the High Sierra. Don’t let another weekend pass without a respite.
Kayaking Lake Tahoe Sunset
While there are always new fitness fads out there, why not try a classic – Kayaking! It’s one of those activities that puts you right in the center of nature and provides an excellent workout. We love paddling & think kayaking in the High Sierra is some of the best in the world.
The Sierra Nevada gives the BEST of both worlds. It cools off at night, letting you sleep comfortably while warming up during the day for activities like fishing and hiking. Remember... summer is only so long so get out there and enjoy it!
The High Sierra is a great, big, wonder-filled playground perfect for families. These family adventures are just waiting to engage, inspire and entertain everyone - and make you healthier and happier.
There’s something special about being on the trail, feeling the cool mountain air against your skin and the warmth of the sun hitting your face as you trek onward. It’s these moments in the outdoors that help re-energize your soul for the following week. So, instead of sitting at home wasting away on your couch, try one of these amazing High Sierra hiking trails.
From first-timers to seasoned mountain bikers, these are just a sampling of the best lift-served / shuttle accessed mountain biking High Sierra has to offer. So, go ahead and plan a getaway to let yourself breathe the fresh air and melt your cares away along one of these epic trails.
Tuolumne Grove Giant Sequoia - Kim Carroll
The California High Sierra is famous for its soaring mountains, deep canyons, roaring waterfalls and the only NATURAL home of the giant sequoias. Existing only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, these groves of giant redwoods must be seen in person to really capture their grandeur.
Yosemite Falls High Sierra Waterfalls
From historic to iconic, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range can arguably be considered the best place for viewing waterfalls in the world. This is just a drop in the bucket of the vast assortment of High Sierra waterfall beauty you can check out. What is your favorite on the list?   
Columbia State Historic Park Dog Friendly Trip Ideas in the High Sierra
These are just a few of the adventures you can have with your pup in the High Sierra. The opportunities are endless and each region is host to a large assortment of places to stay and eat. So, the next time your thinking of an adventure with your furry friend, come visit the California High Sierra.
Mokelumne River Canyon Calaveras County High Sierra Wildflowers
After an amazing winter, it’s “high-time” to plan a trip to the Sierra Nevada and see the explosive color of High Sierra wildflowers that few other places can compete with.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Railroading in the High Sierra
From seeing historic trains to a fun and easy way to the slopes, railroading in the High Sierra is like nowhere else in the country!
Downtown Murphys Go Calaveras
Learn about some hidden gems in the Sierra Nevada for a special weekend (or week long) getaway. Hiking, hot springs, historic towns and lots more to recharge your relationship.
Bike, ski, climb and paddle your way through the High Sierra during this epic weeklong road trip. Experience a night under the stars followed by a day discovering California’s unique dining options. Pack some camping gear and don’t forget to bring the camera on this east side adventure.
For those who like to play as hard as they work, the High Sierra offers plenty of opportunity. From late nights and live music in South Lake Tahoe to backcountry adventures in Yosemite National Park the adventure doesn’t stop until you throw in the towel.
Giant sequoias, raging waterfalls and Yosemite Valley vistas are just a few of the adventures to enjoy in the Southern Sierra. Families, couples and explorers of all ages will find plenty to discover during this weeklong adventure.
An adventure for families and the young at heart, this trip explores California’s rich history while taking explorers from the Tahoe Basin to the Central Valley. Discover local cuisine and outdoor recreation in all seasons with the whole family. The Reno-Tahoe airport is the gateway to the region and offers daily shuttle services to Truckee, North and South Lake Tahoe.
Explore the culinary adventures, art and history in California’s High Sierra with this 6-day trip.

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