Best Easy Day Hikes Southern Sierra  by Ron Adkison

Best Easy Day Hikes: Southern Sierra Guide Book

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Southern Sierra  by Ron Adkison
This handy guidebook covers 20 of the best hikes in well-known places like Mammoth, Little Lakes Valley, and Bishop Creek, as well as in lesser known areas such as the Kern Plateau, Western Divide, and remote regions in the Sequoia, Inyo, and Sierra National Forests. Each hike is described with short descriptions that include detailed maps and concise directions to each trailhead. All the hikes are fairly short, but given the rugged mountain landscapes they explore, some are rather rigorous. Regardless of terrain, these well-defined, easy-to-follow trails will lead you to some of the most scenic basins, lakes, and meadows in the Southern Sierra Nevada.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Southern Sierra" Guide Book
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Several peaceful subalpine meadows dot the conifer-clad landscape of the South Sierra Wilderness. These grasslands are seldom visited, and the trails to them are often faint or nonexistent, but the go ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
The awe-inspiring domes, spires, and crags of the Dome Land Wilderness, rising out of a dark green conifer forest, occupy the southern end of the Kern Plateau area. This short trip ascends a forested ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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This pleasant hike, which is downhill most of the way to Casa Vieja Meadows, surveys classic Kern Plateau scenery, leading through shady pine and fir forests to a rich meadow in the Golden Trout Wilde ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
Unlike many other giant sequoia trails, the Boole Tree Trail visits only one ancient giant sequoia. Until the 1890s, the sequoias of Converse Basin constituted the largest grove in existence. Today on ...
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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This half-day hike visits one of the dozens of lake basins in the broad Granite Creek drainage, which is immediately south of Yosemite National Park. The trail tours subalpine forests, features far-ra ...
Oakhurst, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
This trip leads hikers into an “island” of high country on the western slopes of the Sierra, where dense conifer forests and rich meadows merge with a rocky crest of 10,000-foot peaks.
Shaver Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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This short hike leads from the famous road- and campground-encircled Mammoth Lakes into the glacier-carved valley of upper Mammoth Creek in the John Muir Wilderness. Six timberline tarns lie beneath t ...
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
This short hike surveys typically peaceful landscapes of the Kern Plateau. The trail leads through pine and fir forests to the long green spread of Hooker Meadow, where one of the most extensive aspen ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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The long drive up the eastern escarpment of the southern Sierra via the paved Horseshoe Meadow Road is an adventure in itself. The road rises from 4,000 feet in the arid Owens Valley to the timberline ...
Lone Pine, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
The sweeping vistas from the summit of Jordan Peak easily justify the long and scenic mountain drive to the trailhead. As you will see while atop Jordan Peak, glaciers largely did not affect the extre ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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This short but rigorous day hike leads into a spectacular, peak-rimmed alpine lake basin in the eastern Sierra. The immense, glacier-carved bowl of the Middle Fork Bishop Creek, popularly known as Sa ...
Bishop, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
Lookout Peak, a boulder-stacked granite crag, lies just outside the Monarch Wilderness boundary on the western edge of Kings Canyon National Park. Its 8,531-foot summit stands more than 4,000 feet abo ...
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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This memorable trip leads into one of the most majestic east-side canyons in the Sierra Nevada. Hiking to features such as the Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier is beyond the reach of most day hiker ...
Big Pine, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
Grass Lake, one of innumerable lakes in the vast Bishop Creek drainage, is the easiest backcountry lake in the area reached by trail; the hike involves only a small investment of time and energy. Unli ...
Bishop, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This short but memorable hike begins at the highest trailhead in the Sierra, passing 5 timberline lakes brimming with hungry trout and set beneath 13,000-foot crags. The hike through Little Lakes Vall ...
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This short hike leads hikers out of lake-rich Little Lakes Valley to a hanging cirque, where beautiful Ruby Lake spreads out below the 13,000-foot crests of the Sierra.
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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This short trip surveys the pleasant meadow and forest country in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, which is on the western slope of the southern Sierra Nevada, high above Kings Canyon.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
This fine segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) along the South Fork Kern River leads nearly 7 miles to the broad valley of Rockhouse Basin, and features inspiring views into the Dome Land Wilderne ...
Kernville, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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This scenic trip ascends the dramatic South Fork Bishop Creek, surveying a landscape dominated by giant granite crags, ice-sculpted bedrock, alpine wildflower gardens, and timberline groves of whiteba ...
Bishop, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
This short hike, which leads to a subalpine lake basin on the western slopes of the Sierra, features ice-sculpted landscapes, cool forests, vigorous streams, and good trout fishing. Kaiser Ridge is a ...
Shaver Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
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