Sunday, June 03, 2012

Exploring California's High Sierra region

California's High Sierra region is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Summer season is one of  of the best times to visit the Sierra's.

Visitors enjoy camping, hiking, back backing, fishing and sight seeing. Yosemite Park is the most popular destination and often the most crowded.

 If you don't mind traveling a little further attractions is nearly endless. Here is a list of articles we have published to help you chosse where to explore in California's High Sierra.

Convict Lake located east of the Sierras, just off US Highway 395 south of Mammoth,  situated in a mixed pine hemlock forest with aspen trees that turn golden in fall, and surrounded by towering granite peaks.

Laws Museum and historical site preserve the Owens Valley railroad town of Laws. The original depot along with other historical buildings are a fascinating look into the history of the Owens Valley.

Bodie is an original ghost town from the late 1800's and stands today in a state of "arrested decay." Driving to Bodie requires a 3 mile trip on a graded dirt road that brings you to this State historic Park. With around 200 buildings in this old mining town you will have plenty of exploring to do.

Sequoia National Forest Tucked side by side in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, east of the San Joaquin Valley, these two National Parks were established 50 years apart, but are now connected by a single road that provides nearly 866,000 acres of outdoor adventure in the "Land of the Giants."

Alabama Hills got its name from prospectors living and mining in the area during the Civil War. When news reached California about the great victories won by the Confederates’ warship, the CSS Alabama, miners supporting the South named their claims in the ship’s honor.

Manzanar was created as a result of the beginning of World War II. It was an internment camp where tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were relocated, with almost no notice, to live a life of uncertainty during the balance of the war. It is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is located in the White Mountains within the borders of the Inyo National Forest east of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. At an elevation that ranges between 10,000 and 11,000 feet, the forest boasts incredible views of the Sierra Nevadas.

Mono Lake is a salt water oasis of the Great Basin located just 13 miles from Yosemite National Park in California’s Eastern Sierra. Although it has suffered for decades at the hands of humans diverting water from its tributaries, the lake still supports an ecosystem that includes brine shrimp and millions of birds.

Yosemite National Park  is a beautiful spot to visit year round. From the bustling summer season to the quiet snow-covered winter months, the beauty of Yosemite changes with each season. There are year-round camping options at Yosemite.