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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 water on the earth. Some of these trails are limited access as you need a permit to travel through and stay overnight in many of these areas, however others the only limitation is time and effort.

Thanks to great resources found at here is a great list of 18 fantastic trails in the High Sierra to add to your bucket list of hikes as you explore the entire Sierra or just the little corner you are traveling to this summer.

Northern Sierra Trails

  • Fontanillis & Dicks Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
    • Great weekend trip to a pair of fabulous lakes near Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co.
    • Hike from Echo Lakes to this dramatic, granite-bound lake.
  • Kennedy Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
    • The perfect weekend trip to a stunning mountain lake
  • Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County
    • Multi-day trip to a fabulous fishing lake
  • Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park
    • Picturesque Lakes only 3½ miles from Tuolumne Meadows

Southern Sierra Trails

  • The High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park
    • 71 trans-Sierra miles from Crescent Meadow to Mount Whitney
  • Paradise Valley, Kings Canyon National Park
    • A wonderful weekend trip out of Cedar Grove
  • Rae Lakes, Kings Canyon National Park
    • A multi-day trip to fabulous lakes, part of the Rae Lakes Loop
  • Bear Creek, John Muir Wilderness
    • Lake Edison area trail leading to dozens of alpine lakes
  • Evolution Valley, John Muir Wilderness to Kings Canyon
    • Many call Evolution Valley the most beautiful spot in the Sierra
  • Graveyard Lakes, John Muir Wilderness
    • Hike 7 miles from Lake Edison to scenic lakes with great fishing

Eastern Sierra Trails

  • Baboon Lakes, Sabrina Basin west of Bishop
    • 4½-mile hike from Lake Sabrina trailhead
  • Big Pine Lakes, Inyo County, south of Bishop
    • Seven alpine lakes amid jagged peaks
  • East Lake, Mono County, near Bridgeport
    • An easy 3.2-mile hike for a weekend trip at a scenic lake
  • Barney Lake, Mono County, near Twin Lakes
    • A 4.7-mile hike to this pretty lake with a beach and views of Crown Point
  • Pioneer Basin, John Muir Wilderness
    • Seven remote lakes spread across a high alpine basin
  • Hilton Lakes, Southern Mono County, Rock Creek area
    • A moderate 4.6-mile hike to great camping lakes

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