Range of Light: Camping and Hiking In The High Sierra
June 24, 2018
By: Evver Gonzalez
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. — John Muir
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is a special place. It is a place of incredible beauty, but also a place that provides water to millions of people to consume. Its high peaks collect snow in the winter, and the creeks and rivers that it creates support the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles. As a resident of Southern California, the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada area is a long weekend drive away. The best way to see the natural beauty of the High Sierra is to hike and climb. Over the years I have explored the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Here are some of my favorite photographs from my years of travel into the High Sierra.
Hikes I have done in the High Sierra.
(Links lead to trail information)
1) High Sierra Trail: 74 mile west to east hike from the Crescent Meadow area of Sequoia National Park to the Summit of Mount Whitney. Landmarks visited: Great Western Divide, Precipice Lake, Arroyo Canyon, Kern River Canyon, Mount Whitney.
2) John Muir Trail: The John Muir Trail is a 220 mile hike from Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney (north-south). I have not completed the entire hike, but I have done sections of it over the years. This trail is also known as the JMT.
3) Mammoth Mountain to Yosemite Valley: This is a 55 mile hike from Agnew Meadows in the Mammoth Lakes area to the Yosemite Valley via the John Muir Trail. Landmarks visited Tuolomne Meadows, Cathedral Lakes, Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, Clouds Rest, Nevada Falls, Island Pass, Donahue Pass.
4) Rae Lakes Loop: 45 mile loop hike in the Roads End area of Kings Canyon National Park.
5) Onion Valley to Rae Lakes: 24 mile out and back hike from the Eastern Sierra town of Independence to Rae Lakes.
6) Cross Country Ski to Glacier Point: 22 mile ski trip to the Glacier Point Road.
7) Big Pine Lakes hike (Winter): 14 mile out and back hike on the North Fork of the Big Pine Creek to Lake #3.
8) Snowshoe into the Mammoth Lake Basin (Winter):