Sierra Nevada is a 400 miles long mountain range that runs from Northern California to the Central Valley of California and is home to 3 spectacular national parks; Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. Whether you live in San Francisco or Los Angeles, the Sierras can be reached within a few hours drive. This place is heaven to outdoor enthusiasts. Most people visit the sierras once, many people visit annually, and the spectacular few get to travel deep in the backcountry and enjoy the simplicity of life on trail for weeks or months at a time. Whether you just drive through the Tioga Pass and look at Yosemite Valley from your car or finished the entire John Muir Trail, you probably can’t disagree with me that the sierras is truly a sanctuary. I spent 6 weekends in the sierras this past summer of 2013, and It wasn’t nearly enough. I love this place. I love being there. If you’ve never been to the sierras, here are 10 reasons why you need to plan your next vacation there.

serious hike or casual walk, there’s a trail for everyone

Zumwalt Meadows, Kings Canyon National Park. It’s an easy walk to the meadow.
On top of Mt. Whitney, tallest peak in the lower 48 states.

there are lakes… EVERYWHERE

Bullfrog Lake, Onion Valley, Inyo National Forest
A lake along John Muir Trail, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest
Cottonwoods Lake, Horseshoe Meadow, Inyo National Forest

there are lakes, and there are fish

Fishing at Bullfrog Lake, Onion Valley, Inyo National Forest

so many waterfalls

Tokopah Falls Trail, Sequoia National Park
Mist Falls KIngs Canyon National Park

and streams!

John Muir Trail, Ansel Adams Wilderness

escape the heat! never too hot at 10,000 ft

Donahue Pass, Lyell Canyon, Yosemite 

stroll the amazing valleys, meadows, and canyons

Lyell Canyon, Yosemite National Park
Zumwalt Meadows, Kings Canyon National Park

no siren and loud neighbor in the wilderness

Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest
camping in Kings Canyon National Park

you will see animals in its natural setting

bear on Tokopah Falls trail, Sequoia National Park

and of course, we do it for the view

Overlooking Charlotte Creek, John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park
Glen Pass, Kings Canyon National Park

Written by Snook

I do one cool thing every weekend!

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