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Author: Sierra REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher

Backpacking the PCT across Desolation Wilderness

Summer Backpacking near Lake Tahoe has many options, however the opportunity to backpack on the PCT into desolation Wilderness is by far the most sought after experience for hikers in the Central Sierra yearly. Backpacking into Desolation Wilderness provides visitors and locals alike a simple well earned separation from the bulk of the crowds and lets you enjoy the serenity and wildness of the desolation wilderness. However Staying on the Path of the PCT provides you an opportunity to check off one of the best segments of the famed long distance trail in the high Sierra. Here our our...

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Top 20 Fall Color Spots in the Sierra Mountains

Sierra REC’s Top Recommended Fall Visits in the Sierra Mountains As the season’s change in the Sierra, some of the most beautiful scenery bursts into sight from both the road and from the trail. Fall Colors can fade quickly in the Sierra season’s as Winter pushes its way into our lives, so we recommend not holding out on these fall hikes if given a chance. Central Sierra Hope Valley Meadow – Hwy 88 – Just before you get to Red Lake and Carson PassSorensen’s Resort Hope Valley – Hwy 88Camp Richardson Bike Trail  and Taylor Creek- Hwy 89 West side of...

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Fall Recreation in Alpine County

Alpine County, 15 miles south of Minden Nevada or South Lake Tahoe, is one of my favorite places in the Sierra Mountain range. From the abundance of mountain lakes and trails the variety of landscapes that grace the eyeball as I drive through for my next adventure. Fall is especially beautiful in Alpine county as Hope Valley transcends into a showcase of vivid fall colors.Driving through and seeing the cars lined along the road, I wonder what it must be like to be a fisherman that call this place home. To enjoy your favorite stream and have this beauty of the fall colors come alive around you.  Do they even notice as they are fixated on the next great catch?Today my son and I head towards Kirkwood ski Resort for an afternoon hike into Winnemucca lake. One of the most beautiful lakes I have found in the Sierras, Winnemucca lake is only accessible by foot, Horse and I believe Mtn. Bike,  the hike can be accessed from two locations. First there is a National Trail head off hwy 88 that allows you to hike in past Frog lake,  second you can park at Wood lake campground below and hike up to the lake. This route is my preferred route, as you hike along the stream the connects Winnemucca lake and Wood Lake. To get to The Winnemucca Hiking trails from...

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Camping in the Sierra ranks Nationally

THE SIERRA’S PROVIDE SOME OF THE TOP BACK COUNTRY CAMPING 04/03/2014 0 Comments The today released their top 25 back country camping outings. the High sierra Country has several on the list. Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA Columbine Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA Evolution Basin, John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park,CA Granite Park, John Muir Wilderness, CA It really is a great list of hikes they have put together. check it out at Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry...

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Castle Rock Day hike – Lake Tahoe Recreation

Location: Tahoe Rim Trail. South Lake Tahoe, The Brautovich Trailhead Destination: Castle Rock, Toiyabe National Forest, Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village, NV 89448, USA Distance: 4 mile loop in and out. This hike is for everyone. Has mild elevation gains and some Rock path areas that can be little difficult, but I saw several kids in teh 10 year old range complete this hike with ease. Starting at the Brautovich Trail head- go west up the hill towards lake Tahoe. The first 1/2 mile is up hill as you climb over the first butte. This is a moderate gradual climb that gives...

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