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.

 

 

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Central Sierra Trails

  • 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.

The perfect weekend trip to a stunning mountain lake

Multi-day trip to a fabulous fishing lake

Picturesque Lakes only 3½ miles from Tuolumne Meadows

Hike on the John Muir Trail through breathtaking scenery

Evolution ValleySouthern Sierra Trails

71 trans-Sierra miles from Crescent Meadow to Mount Whitney

A wonderful weekend trip out of Cedar Grove

A multi-day trip to fabulous lakes, part of the Rae Lakes Loop

Lake Edison area trail leading to dozens of alpine lakes

Many call Evolution Valley the most beautiful spot in the Sierra

Hike 7 miles from Lake Edison to scenic lakes with great fishing

Blue Lake above Lake sabrinaEastern Sierra Trails

4½-mile hike from Lake Sabrina trailhead

Seven alpine lakes amid jagged peaks

An easy 3.2-mile hike for a weekend trip at a scenic lake

A 4.7-mile hike to this pretty lake with a beach and views of Crown Point

Seven remote lakes spread across a high alpine basin

A moderate 4.6-mile hike to great camping lakes

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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.

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