23 Great High Sierra Trail Hikes Throughout the Sierra
The High Sierra Trails- Picturesque, challenging, and often unseen be the millions of visitors to the Sierra each year. The High Sierra Lakes and Trails are what dreams are made of if your like hiking in the back-country or discovering some of the most beautiful natural pools of water on the earth. Some of these trails are limited access as you need a permit to travel through and stay overnight in many of these areas,
Although some of these trails have limited access, as you need a permit to travel through and stay overnight in many of these areas, others the only limitation is time and effort.
We have compiled a list of trails from various different resources online including highsierratrails.com, Plumas county trail association, the nor cal explorer.
To help you discover a complete list of highly recommended trails to challenge yourself with this summer.
- Fontanillis & Dicks Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
- Great weekend trip to a pair of fabulous lakes near Lake Tahoe
- Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
Hike from Echo Lakes to this dramatic, granite-bound lake.
- Kennedy Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
The perfect weekend trip to a stunning mountain lake
- Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
Multi-day trip to a fabulous fishing lake
- Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park
Picturesque Lakes only 3½ miles from Tuolumne Meadows
- Tuolumne Mdws. to Devils Postpile, Yosemite to Mammoth
Hike on the John Muir Trail through breathtaking scenery
- 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
- 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
- Baboon Lakes, Sabrina Basin west of Bishop
4½-mile hike from Lake Sabrina trailhead
- Big Pine Lakes, Inyo County, south of Bishop
Seven alpine lakes amid jagged peaks
- East Lake, Mono County, near Bridgeport
An easy 3.2-mile hike for a weekend trip at a scenic lake
- Barney Lake, Mono County, near Twin Lakes
A 4.7-mile hike to this pretty lake with a beach and views of Crown Point
- Pioneer Basin, John Muir Wilderness
Seven remote lakes spread across a high alpine basin
- Hilton Lakes, Southern Mono County, Rock Creek area
A moderate 4.6-mile hike to great camping lakes
Northern Sierra Trails
- Broke off Mountain – Lassen Volcanic National Park
- The best hike in the park, for our money. Takes you through lovely varied terrain up to the second highest summit in the park, with views to match, and fewer than 10% of the people on Lassen Peak itself.
- Summit Lake to Echo and Twin Lakes
- This hike leaves from the Summit Lake Ranger station in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and in eight miles tours you through about ten different lakes.
Mt. Elwell – Lakes Basin
At 7800′ give you fantastic views all around the Lake basin. The trail to the top is a bit of a workout, but the whole trip isn’t more than about three miles. Lots of great views on the way.
- Loch Levens Lake Trail – Truckee Ca
- A very popular hike between Sacramento and Truckee Ca. This hike has it all. Vista, Lakes, Climbs, Waterfalls, Meadows, Granite
- Bucks Lake – Right Hand Branch Loop- Bucks Lake Wilderness area
- 15.5 miles 2150′ elevation gain seasonal hike: Aug-Oct – A great Wilderness hike that features multiple lakes, the PCT trail and the Sierra crest vista in The Northern Sierra.