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Gems in Sierra National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Arch Rock and some of the formations around it. The soft granite in the surrounding area has been scoured by the wind.

Arch Rock

(1) Mammoth…, CA

Recommended Routes in Sierra National Forest - 14

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Favorite The top of Nevada Falls is the best place on earth.
Difficult

John Muir Trail (JMT)

210.9 mi 339.5 km 44,610' Up 13597 m Up 34,187' Down 10420.2 m Down

Yosemit…, CA
Favorite Shadow Lake in hanging valley above deeply glaciated canyon of San Joaquin River with Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak in center right.
Intermediate/Difficult

Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake

8.3 mi 13.4 km 2,091' Up 637.2 m Up 600' Down 182.81 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Duck Lake and Pika Lake viewed from the top of Duck Pass.
Difficult

Ram Lake via Duck Pass and John Muir Trail

20.0 mi 32.2 km 3,905' Up 1190.28 m Up 3,905' Down 1190.21 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Upper Rainbow Falls
Intermediate

Upper and Lower Rainbow Falls

3.5 mi 5.7 km 408' Up 124.4 m Up 408' Down 124.37 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Cascade on River Trail near a large campsite.
Difficult

The River Trail

6.5 mi 10.4 km 1,560' Up 475.59 m Up 318' Down 96.82 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Rancheria Falls - July 2017
Intermediate

Rancheria Falls

1.7 mi 2.7 km 240' Up 73.27 m Up 241' Down 73.33 m Down

Auberry, CA
Favorite View from one of the top pools of Willow Creek.
Intermediate

Angel Falls and McLeod Flat from Bass Lake

1.0 mi 1.6 km 240' Up 73.24 m Up 240' Down 73.14 m Down

Oakhurst, CA
Favorite Lillian Lake
Difficult

Lillian Lake Loop

12.5 mi 20.2 km 2,045' Up 623.21 m Up 2,056' Down 626.54 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Rugged shoreline of Rutherford Lake.
Difficult

Rutherford and Anne Lakes

1.1 mi 1.8 km 257' Up 78.21 m Up 274' Down 83.61 m Down

Yosemit…, CA

Sierra National Forest Hiking

  • 843 Miles 1,357 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 10 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 76 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 34 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Sierra National Forest - 107

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2.9 mi 4.6 km #1Lewis Creek Trail
Intermediate
Oakhurst, CA
Intermediate
Oakhurst, CA 15 
29.6 mi 47.7 km #2JMT: Segment 5 - Muir Trail Ranch to Bishop Pass at LeConte Ca…
Intermediate/Difficult
West Bishop, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
West Bishop, CA
20.5 mi 33.1 km #3JMT: Segment 4 - Lake Edison to Muir Trail Ranch
Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA
7.2 mi 11.6 km #4Minaret Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
9.4 mi 15.1 km #5Goodale Pass Trail #28E20
Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
29.3 mi 47.2 km #6JMT: Segment 3 - Devils Postpile to Lake Edison
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
182.8 mi 294.3 km #7PCT: Crabtree Meadow to Tuolumne Meadow (Yosemite)
Very Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Very Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
4.5 mi 7.2 km #8Devils Bathtub Trail #27e03
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
4.8 mi 7.8 km #9Seven Gables and Vee Lake Route
Difficult
West Bishop, CA
Difficult
West Bishop, CA
2.3 mi 3.8 km #10Bear Lake Basin Route
Difficult
West Bishop, CA
Difficult
West Bishop, CA

Photos of Sierra National Forest - 243

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Duck Lake and Pika Lake viewed from the top of Duck Pass.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Enjoying some whiskey and a snickers at an over look of Minaret Lake gazing at the Minarets.
Aug 13, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Shadow Creek gurgles near the John Muir Trail in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Duck Lake in the afternoon light.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Cliff Lake from midway up the Cliff.
Nov 14, 2017 near Auberry, CA
Thousand Island Lake July 9, 2018
Oct 16, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
The clear waters of Ram Lake.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness - Cliff Lake & Dogtooth Peak
Nov 14, 2017 near Auberry, CA