High Sierra California Visitor Information

Higher Ground

Get some altitude in mountain peaks, attitude on river runs, and time and space under the stars.
  • Trip length: 4-5 days
  • Total distance: 473mi


Squaw Valley Ride this mountain resort’s high-flying tram to High Camp to zip around the ice-skating rink, jump in the pool, and dine while overlooking snowy peaks and views.

Northstar Resort (19mi; 28min). Swing by the California Welcome Center in Truckee for tips. At Northstar, shop, bike, hike, and see outdoor concerts.

Kings Beach (7mi; 12min). Get the hang of stand-up paddleboarding with a lesson at Tahoe Paddle & Oar. Or join a guided kayak tour.
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Lee Vining (131mi; 2hr52min). Visit the excellent Mono Lake Visitor Center to learn about this otherworldly landscape of chalk-white tufa towers ringing the lake.

Mammoth Lakes (29mi; 38min). Get tips at the California Welcome Center. At Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, tackle the climbing wall and rent mountain bikes. Then—massages at Snowcreek Athletic Club.

Bishop (42mi; 49min). See images by adventure-photographer Galen Rowell at Mountain Light Gallery. Snack at Erick Schat’s Bakkerÿ.


Independence (42mi; 54min). View trout at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Learn about a sobering slice of American history at Manzanar National Historic Site, a remote Japanese internment camp during WWII.

Lone Pine (16mi; 19min). Head for the Alabama Hills, the setting of hundreds of films and TV shows.


Kernville (118mi; 2hr12min). Got older kids? Get their adrenaline pumping on a bump-and-soak raft ride down the Kern River. Let them brag about their bravado over steaks at McNally’s.

Giant Sequoia National Monument (69mi; 1hr53min). Discover how a seedling less than half an inch can grow to 250’ and easily 20’ in diameter!

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Boyden Cavern, Giant Sequoia National Park
Donner Memorial State Park
Feather River Canyon
Graeagle Golf Courses
Horseback Riding, Plumas County
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nat’l Park
Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola
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