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Long lake john muir Wilderness

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John Muir Wilderness

The John Muir Wilderness spans over 100 miles of the Sierra’s most iconic alpine landscape from Mammoth Lakes to Mt. Whitney.

Named after one of the Sierra’s most dedicated advocates, the John Muir Wilderness consists of more than half a million acres, bringing together some of the most spectacular landscape in the Sierra Nevada. It was designated in the 1964 Wilderness Act and contains the highest peak in the lower 48 states: Mt. Whitney at 14,494 feet. In addition to granite peaks and glacially carved canyons, the John Muir protects the headwaters of the South and Middle Forks of the San Joaquin River, as well as the North Fork of the Kings River.

Mt. Whitney Lottery Rescheduled

Annual Lottery Will Start Feb. 22, 2019 Sierra Rec Magazine Updates: February 12, 2019 – The Mt. Whitney Lottery, the process which awards both day and overnight hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been rescheduled to start on February 22, 2019. Typically, the lottery begins February 1 through www.recreation.gov, but was delayed this year. The lottery will open February 22 at 7:00 am and close on March 15th at 9:00 pm Pacific Time. Applicants are reminded that: ·         Being first to apply does not improve your chances of success; applications will be processed in random order...

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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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Top 50 Sierra Destinations

In honor of My 50th Birthday I give You My 50 Favorite Sierra Locations I have been Blessed to Visit Sierra Rec Magazine Exclusive – Charlie Pankey – November 9, 2019 – Ok so I am no spring chicken any longer, but I have had a blessed couple years of exploring the natural wonders of the Sierra and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My 50th Birthday is a time to celebrate the many blessings that God has granted me including a great family and good friends to share my experiences with along the way. As I...

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Preparing for Winter on Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument

Starting October 15, there is no overnight parking in the Reds Meadow Valley Sierra Rec Magazine – Mammoth Ca, October 10, 2019- The Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument are planning for winter on the Reds Meadow Road. The road will close at the Minaret Vista for the season on Sunday, October 27 at sunset. The Devils Postpile Ranger station is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday through Monday and will close for the season at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 14. Two Inyo National Forest campgrounds are still open in the valley, Pumice Flat and Reds...

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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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