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Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, CA

Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park

Northern Sierra Trails

  • Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park
    • Picturesque Lakes only 3½ miles from Tuolumne Meadows
  • Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
    • Multi-day trip to a fabulous fishing lake
  • Fontanillis & Dicks Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
    • Great weekend trip to a pair of fabulous lakes near Lake Tahoe
  • Kennedy Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
    • The perfect weekend trip to a stunning mountain lake
  • Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
    • Hike from Echo Lakes to this dramatic, granite-bound lake.
  • Little Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
    • One of the most spectacular hikes in the Sierra, gateway to Half Dome
  • Tuolumne Mdws. to Devils Postpile, Yosemite to Mammoth
    • Hike on the John Muir Trail through breathtaking scenery
  • Young Lakes, Yosemite National Park
    • A great weekend destination, 6.4 miles from Tuolumne Meadows

Evolution Valley, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

The John Muir Trail

  • The John Muir Trail, Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, a 220-mile adventure through the grandest and most picturesque regions of the Sierra Nevada

Window Peak, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Kings Canyon National Park

Southern Sierra Trails

  • Bear Creek, John Muir Wilderness
    • Lake Edison area trail leading to dozens of alpine lakes
  • Evolution Valley, John Muir Wilderness to Kings Canyon
    • Many call Evolution Valley the most beautiful spot in the Sierra
  • Graveyard Lakes, John Muir Wilderness
    • Hike 7 miles from Lake Edison to scenic lakes with great fishing
  • The High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park
    • 71 trans-Sierra miles from Crescent Meadow to Mount Whitney
  • Paradise Valley, Kings Canyon National Park
    • A wonderful weekend trip out of Cedar Grove
  • Rae Lakes, Kings Canyon National Park
    • A multi-day trip to fabulous lakes, part of the Rae Lakes Loop
  • Vidette Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park
    • Hike up to Bubbs Creek trail to a beautiful mountain meadow

Big Pine Lakes One and Two, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Big Pine Lakes

Eastern Sierra Trails

  • Baboon Lakes, Sabrina Basin west of Bishop
    • 4½-mile hike from Lake Sabrina trailhead
  • Barney Lake, Mono County, near Twin Lakes
    • A 4.7-mile hike to this pretty lake with a beach and views of Crown Point
  • Big Pine Lakes, Inyo County, south of Bishop
    • Seven alpine lakes amid jagged peaks
  • Cinko Lake, Hoover Wilderness
    • Hike from Leavitt Meadow to this pretty lake with good fishing
  • Cottonwood Lakes, southwest of Lone Pine and Mt. Whitney
    • 5.9 miles to many lakes, gateway to New Army Pass & Mt. Langley
  • East Lake, Mono County, near Bridgeport
    • An easy 3.2-mile hike for a weekend trip at a scenic lake
  • Golden Bear Lake, Kings Canyon National Park
    • Cross Kearsarge Pass and hike south on the John Muir Trail.
  • Hilton Lakes, Southern Mono County, Rock Creek area
    • A moderate 4.6-mile hike to great camping lakes
  • North Lake to South Lake, a 54-mile loop through some of Kings Canyon National Park's most spectacular terrain
  • Pioneer Basin, John Muir Wilderness
    • Seven remote lakes spread across a high alpine basin
  • Sixty Lake Basin, Kings Canyon National Park
    • Rugged hike over Kearsarge and Glen passes to remote alpine lakes