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Emigrant Wilderness

Granite basins carved by glaciers, jeweled with lakes, and speckled with wildflowers attract visitors to the Emigrant Wilderness.

With its eastern edge running along the spine of Sierra Nevada range, the Emigrant Wilderness encompasses a vast diversity within its borders. The area was first protected by the U.S. Forest Service as a “protected primitive area” in 1931, named after the historical mountain pass that follows the West Walker route over the Sierra. It was then designated as Wilderness in 1975, covering an area of 113,000 acres and featuring broad sheets of glaciated granite, peaks, and ridges of volcanic rock.

To the north and east one finds terrain dominated by lava-capped summits with fields of granite spanning for miles. In the western parts of the Emigrant, though still a granite and lava landscape, there are more lakes, meadows and patches of pine.

Managed by Stanislaus National Forest

Wildfire Restrictions Initiated on BLM-managed public lands Western Sierra

BLM Mother Lode Field Office initiates seasonal fire restrictions EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is initiating fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties, effective June 14, due to wildland fire danger. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts the likelihood for large wildland fires will be above normal this summer. An unusually wet winter has produced an abundant grass crop, which has already cured or dried out. These heavy fuel loads have a high...

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Sonora Pass and Ebbett’s Pass Open For Summer Season

Expect lots of snow, but access over two of the Sierra Popular Scenic Routes opened today for recreational travel. TUOLUMNE COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris, made necessary repairs and opened State Route 108 (SR-108)/Sonora Pass at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Sonora Pass rises to 9,623 feet, making it the second highest pass in the Sierra. Even with low volumes of snow, Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass require closure during the winter season. Sonora Pass has grades in excess of 20% and Ebbetts Pass had grades...

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Seasonal Snow May Delay Opening Of Stanislaus National forest Access

Some seasonal roads on Stanislaus National Forest may remain closed past April 15 SONORA, Calif. – Stanislaus National Forest will open seasonal roads beginning April 15, but some forest roads will remain closed until forest crews can inspect them to ensure they were not damaged during this year’s winter storms. Jason Kuiken, Stanislaus National Forest supervisor, said workers haven’t been able to inspect all the forest roads yet because many are still covered with snow. A series of heavy storms during the 2018-2019 winter led to significant snow levels on all ranger districts. “We received a significant amount of snow this winter...

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23 Great High Sierra Hikes

23 Great High Sierra Trail Hikes Throughout the Sierra 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, however others the only limitation is time and effort. Thanks to great resources found at highseirratrails.com here...

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15′ in review – 16 Great Adventure Trips into the Sierra

Our Top Adventure Locations Visited in the Sierra in 2015 Sierra Mountains 2015 –  What a great year of exploring in the Sierra. The Low 2015 snow pack gave us access to greater areas earlier and Sierra REC had a blast exploring new areas and sharing our adventures.  As we sit and look into 2016 and the various places we look forward to seeing for the first time, here is an end of the year review of the top 16 places we explored in 2015! 1) Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Rim Trail   2) Grovers Hot Springs in...

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Paiute Cutthroat Trout Reintroduced to Native Habitat in High Sierra Wilderness

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Once Again Home to Native Paiute Cutthroat Trout Sierra Rec Magazine -Alpine County Ca- September 2019 – California’s native Paiute cutthroat trout, the rarest trout in North America, swims once again in its high Sierra home waters for the first time in more than 100 years. California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham and representatives from the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Golden Gate Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Little Antelope Pack Station joined biologists to release 30 Paiute cutthroat trout of...

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect August 5, 2019

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019– Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be effective at noon on August 5, 2019.  “Hotter temperatures have cured annual grasses at lower elevations creating a greater risk for wildfire in our foothill areas,” said Ned Kelleher, Chief Ranger for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “In...

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Lassen Volcanic Announces Special Events Through September

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering numerous special events this summer season. The season concludes with free entrance in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28.“Events like the Dark Sky Festival and Discover Lassen provide opportunities for visitors to learn something new or expand their appreciation of the park,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “Thanks to support from our partners and volunteers, these events offer a wide-variety of opportunities throughout the park.” Lassen Peak, a 10,462 foot (3,189 meter) volcano, is reflected in the Paradise Meadow in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. Lassen Peak is the southernmost...

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Wildfire Restrictions Initiated on BLM-managed public lands Western Sierra

BLM Mother Lode Field Office initiates seasonal fire restrictions EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is initiating fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba counties, effective June 14, due to wildland fire danger. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts the likelihood for large wildland fires will be above normal this summer. An unusually wet winter has produced an abundant grass crop, which has already cured or dried out. These heavy fuel loads have a high...

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Lightning Strikes Cause Fire in Golden Trout Wilderness

Fire Resources Respond to Jordan Fire In Golden Trout Wilderness UPDATE: The Jordan Fire, located in the Golden Trout Wilderness near Jordan Hot Springs, was detected yesterday afternoon. The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in the 2002 McNally fire footprint. At this time the fire appears to be caused by lightning that was in the area over the last week. This is a full suppression fire response. The priorities are firefighter safety, protection of one private in holding located at Soda Flat, and protecting wilderness characteristics in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Being in the old fire scar...

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