High Sierra California Visitor Information

Mountain Magic: Truckee to Yosemite Valley

Heed the playful call of California’s alpine majesty.
  • Trip length: 4-5 days
  • Total distance: 981mi
High Camp, Squaw Valley, CA


TRUCKEE. Fuel up with omelets at teeny-tiny Squeeze In. Go for a family-friendly bike ride with Tahoe Mountain Guides, or explore backcountry trails at Donner Summit.

SQUAW VALLEY (12mi; 20min). At High Camp, splash in a free-form heated pool at 8,200 feet. Get a massage at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Treat the kids to Shirley Temples at Plumpjack Café.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (38mi; 1hr6min). Ride the Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola for Instagram-worthy views. Snack on waffle sandwiches at Red Hut on Lake Tahoe Blvd.


KIRKWOOD (33mi; 46min). At Kirkwood Mountain Resort, challenge yourself on a massive 10-line zip-line course (ages 8 and up), or try lift-accessed hiking or mountain biking. INFO Kirkwood Mountain Resort

BEAR VALLEY (105mi; 2hr47min). Take a family rock climbing lesson with Mountain Adventure Seminars. Fish in pretty Lake Alpine. Enjoy Bear Valley Music Festival (late July to mid-Aug).


MAMMOTH LAKES (232mi; 5hr43min). Dig into biscuits and gravy at The Breakfast Club, then go mountain biking at Mammoth Mountain. Take a dip in natural hot springs. INFO Mammoth Lakes Tourism

LONE PINE (100mi; 1hr43min). Wind through the Alabama Hills (a favorite backdrop for Westerns). Visit the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History.


SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (278mi; 5hr7min). Visit fascinating Giant Forest Museum. Conquer 400 steps to the top of 6,725-foot Moro Rock (stargazing programs here in summer).

WAWONA (157mi; 3hr 24min). Saddle up for a trail ride into Yosemite National Park. Relax at rustically elegant Wawona Hotel, built in 1879.


YOSEMITE VALLEY (26mi; 52min). Pedal the valley on paved paths (rental bikes available in the park). See works by master photographers at Ansel Adams Gallery.

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.