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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.

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Best Places to Hike the PCT in Central Sierra Mountains

PCT Segment Hikes near Lake Tahoe Exploring the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) is bound to become even more popular as the general public falls in love with the ideas and scenes in the New movie " Wild". For many who call Sierra's home the PCT trail is still something of a myth/ legend. So close [...]

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Hiking Winnemucca Lake with Friends .. A must Do for visitors and locals.

I had a great opportunity Monday to join a group of friends on a day trip to one of our favorite Alpine County Lakes. Winnemucca Lake is a well know trail to the local area as it provides a quality hike for all levels and has multiple routes and several lakes to enjoy in a [...]

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Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest Returns to The Village at Squaw Valley® August 10-11

Annual fundraising festival supporting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe returns for 18th year Olympic Valley, Calif. - July 19, 2019 —This summer, The Village at Squaw Valley will host the 18th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. The family-friendly weekend is filled with the melodic sounds of jazz tunes set in the European-inspired Village at Squaw Valley. [...]

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Death Ride Set Take Over Alpine County This Weekend

Alpine County CA - Just as the summer heat finally breaks through our long winter the single hardest cycling event in the Sierra The Death Ride invades the quiet spaces of Alpine County, Markleville and the various scenic byways known as the California Alps Saturday July 13, 2019. An annual tradition for hundreds of riders, [...]

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The 18th Annual Art, Wine and Music Festival Returns to The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley hosts fine artisans, vintners and musicians during this exceptional two-day event [Olympic Valley, Calif.] June 20, 2019 —The Village at Squaw Valley celebrates the 18th annual Art, Wine and Music Festival on July 13 and 14 from 11 a.m-5 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages and will feature [...]

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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 [...]

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Lightning Strikes Cause Fire in Golden Trout Wilderness

Fire Resources Respond to Jordan Fire In Golden Trout Wilderness Jordan fire - Inyo NF Photo Credit 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 [...]

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