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The Sierra Nevada

California's Sierra Nevada mountain range extends more than 400 miles north-south close to the state's eastern boundary.  It includes three National Parks:  Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite; and eleven peaks over 14,000 ft.  Few roads cross the range: none at all across a 200 mile section.   But there are numerous trails, many climbing to over 12,000 ft.  Most notable are the John Muir Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail.  This Sierra Nevada section of Images35 exhibits photographs that show these beautiful mountains.   



Mammoth Lakes, California is located at the base of Mammoth Mountain on the east side of the main crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  This is only fifteen miles from the eastern border of Yosemite National Park.  Above the town of Mammoth Lakes is a basin with more than a dozen beautiful lakes - all fine for trout fishing.  Lake Mary, largest of the lakes, is shown in the photograph at right.  

But the area is most well known for skiing on Mammoth Mountain. This 11,000 ft. mountain frequently supports skiing as late as the Fourth of July.   It is the favored ski area for residents of Southern California. 


Click the photo above to view scenes in the vicinity of Mammoth.





The Town of Mammoth Lakes holds a series of annual events that serve to attract visitors primarily from Southern California.   Chief among these events are the 4th of July Parade, the Jazz Jubilee, Art a la Carte, and the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival.  All of these are also well attended by the Mammoth locals. 

Mammoth Events

Click the photo above to view four of Mammoth's summer events.




Most of the beautiful back-country in the Sierra Nevada is accessible by trails, or off-trail by easy cross-country routes.  The trails are free of snow generally from June through September, although in years of heavy snowfall, high passes may not open until well into July.  Trailheads at road ends tend to be at altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 ft. and most significant passes are in the region of 11,000 to 13,000 ft. 

The trails pass through many vegetation zones, including Arctic- Alpine above treeline.  The photograph at right shows scenery just above treeline.  Generally the peaks are granite, and their sharp features give them very distinctive shapes.  


Click the photo above to view a group of back-country photos. 





In the high country the Aspen leaves begin to turn early in September, and reach their peak of color late that month.  There are great displays throughout the Bishop Creek drainage, along Rock Creek, and in McGee, Lee Vining, and Lundy Canyons.

In October the leaves turn in the Owens Valley.  Many large and mature trees around Bishop are especially beautiful. 


Click the picture above to view additional scenes of fall color.





                     June Lake Loop


                     Yosemite National Park


                    Bridgeport, CA





Click the picture above to view scenes around the three destinations.