Sierra-Nevada Mountains - Imagine Houseboating on Lake Tahoe... Skiing on Donner Summit... And More...

Sierra-Nevada Mountains - One of the most picturesque California mountain range, stretch from the Susan River and Fredonyer Pass in Lassen County to Tehachapi Pass in Kern County.

They also spread out to the western side of California's Central Valley as well as on the eastern side along the Basin and Range region.

The Sacramento River runs along the northwestern slope of the Sierra-Nevada's, and the San Joaquin River runs west-southwest.

Enjoy houseboating, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing, river cruising, paddleboating, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and more.

Some of the smaller rivers like the... Feather River, Yuba River, American River, Mokelumne River, Stanislaus River and the Tuolumne River provide excellent fishing, camping, hiking, and so on.

So does the Truckee River that flows into Lake Tahoe then into Pyramid Lake.

The California mountains in the Sierra-Nevadas increase in elevation from north to south.

Fredonyer Pass and Lake Tahoe peaks rise about 5,000 feet above sea level to more than 9,000 feet high.

The large, deep freshwater Lake Tahoe provides a wide variety of things to do. Like... fishing, boating, water skiing, and more.

You can even enjoy a leisurely sightseeing cruise to Emerald Bay.

Donner Summit - sits roughly 7200 feet elevation on the crest of the Sierra Nevada - between Sacramento California and Reno Nevada.

You may have heard about Donner Summit from the story of the Donner Party... where some ninety wagon train emigrants were unable to cross the Sierra Nevada's before winter, and almost one-half starved to death.

Today, it's a very popular area with hikers, skiers, naturalists, historians, climbers, train buffs, and so on.

Standing in one spot on Donner Summit, you'll see... mountain peaks, meadows, the source of three major California rivers, forests, trails, bike routes, and hiking paths.

And there's plenty of streams and rivers to enjoy... including the North Fork of the American River and the headwater of the South Yuba River.

Further south, Mount Lyell at 13,120 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in Yosemite National Park.

The Sierra-Nevada''s continue to climb in elevation to almost 14,000 feet, with Mount Humphreys near Bishop, California.

They finally reach their peak with... Mount Whitney - at 14,505 feet above sea level - the highest point in the 'lower 48' states of the United States.

Mt. Whitney

Yes... Mount Whitney is part of the Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range.

So if anyone asks you what famous mountains are in Northern California... you can tell them - Mount Whitney - for one!

Now... if you’re thinking of climbing Mt. Whitney, make sure you…

  • Practice a strong wilderness ethic
  • Acquire all necessary permits
  • Make camping reservations
  • Leave no trace
  • Camp only on sites already impacted
  • Pack out all waste
  • Be respectful of others
  • Prevent altitude sickness
  • Avoid lightning
  • Avoid hypothermia
  • Prepare for rapid weather changes
  • Prepare for water purification

Continuing on... let’s not forget... Mammoth Mountain - along the east side of the Sierra-Nevada's.

It provides plenty of fun for the whole family... with its large ski resort area in the Inyo National Forest.

And then, of course, there's the famous Yosemite Valley.

Of all the California mountains, the famed Yosemite National Park showcases many sights to see like... Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite waterfalls... just to mention a few.

The Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range is, also, home to the Giant Sequoia, the most massive trees on Earth.

The most famous hiking and horse-packing trail in the Sierra is the John Muir Trail... going from the top of Mt. Whitney to Yosemite Valley.

When you explore Northern California, be sure to spend some time in one of three of the major national parks in the Sierra-Nevada’s.

We'll talk about them later.

So, as you can imagine the Sierra-Nevada Mountains...

...offer LOTS of places to see and things to do.

Especially if you like... hiking, camping, biking, fishing, water sports, backpacking, winter sports, or just getting out into the outdoors and enjoying the views.

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