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Category: Mokelumne Wilderness

A land of diversity, the Mokelumne sits astride the Sierra crest. From high alpine granite to volcanic formations, this world is truly where east meets west.

The Mokelumne (pronounced moo-ka-la-mi), located at the junction of northern, southern and eastern Sierra botanic provinces, is renowned for its incredible diversity. Elevations range from 4,000 feet near Salt Springs reservoir to over 10,380 ft at Round Top Peak in the north.

Visitors will immediately notice the variety of rock comprising its mountains and canyons. An important example of “crest zone” geology, the metamorphic rock capping Mokelumne Peak once covered most of the Sierra’s granite. This layer of volcanic rock, sand, and mud can be found here alongside weathered granite as old as the dinosaurs.

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 [...]

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CLOSURE OF MONITOR PASS/STATE ROUTE 89 DUE TO INCOMING STORM

ALPINE, TUOLUMNE, MONO AND INYO COUNTIES –May 15, 2019 - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close State Route 89 (SR-89) over Monitor Pass on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. This pre-emptive closure is based on a Winter Storm Warning predicting snow at high elevations for the safety of motorists and Caltrans [...]

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Threatened California Red-Legged Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite National Park After a 50-Year Absence

Cooperative Effort by the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and NatureBridge Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May 2019 ~ Federally threatened California red-legged frogs are showing signs of a return to Yosemite Valley in [...]

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Seeking Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

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Is Your Favorite Recreation Site Closed in 2019?

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