Sierra Rec Magazine

Spring 2023 Vol. 14

Celebrate the Second Annual California State Parks Week June 14-18, 2023

Parks across the state will offer special community events with in-person and virtual programming SACRAMENTO, Calif., — The public is invited to celebrate the second annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this week-long event celebrates California’s [...]

13 World Class Golf Experiences of the Sierra Nevada

The High Sierra region in California and Nevada is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the United States. With towering peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and pristine forests, it's no surprise that the area is also home to some of the best golf courses in the country. From challenging mountain layouts to serene [...]

Camping Essentials: What To Bring on Your Next Trip

If you’re planning for a camping trip, you’ll want to ensure you have these essential items. You could end up having a horrendous time if you don’t.

Luxury in the Wilderness: Glamping at the Wild Plumas Resort

Greenville Ca. - It is hard not to think of total destruction when you speak of Greenville Ca. A victim of the Dixie fire of 2021, Greenville, California, was devastated, and the historic structure of this quiet and scenic location in the Indian Valley was gutted by fire. However, not everything in Greenville was taken [...]

A Perfect Untouched Gem in Desolation Wilderness

My Favorite Sierra Wilderness Lake -- By Bill Finch When I began hiking in the Sierras, primarily in Desolation Wilderness, my thoughts of what lay "beyond the next ridge" or "around the next turn" were exciting incentives to see what was ahead. My pursuit of new discoveries was always rewarded. I could gaze at a [...]

The Lakes of Yosemite: Mahan Lake, May 2021

I’m grateful to be out of the rain, but it’s hardly ideal. I took cover quickly under the slight overhang of a shed-sized boulder, and I find myself squatting with my back against its sloping side. I have a tarp over my legs because they are sticking out into the rain, which is coming down [...]

Wake and Shake Lake Tahoe

A new sport has become popular in summer lakes in the past five years. Lake Tahoe, the nation's largest Alpine lake and mega attraction for summer fun in the Sierra Nevada, is the new home of Ssummer wake surfing in the west. Wake Surfing has recently become an increasingly popular water sport on Lake Tahoe. [...]

A Hikers Guide to preventing injuries & recovering faster

A Hikers Guide to preventing injuries & recovering faster - The sun is beaming down onto your cheeks and after the winter we’ve had in the Sierra, warming you from the outside in. All the greenery catches your eye and encapsulates you with every step forward. Being outdoors, feeling the Earth under your feet is [...]

A Quiet Getaway Excursion to California Gold Country

Pioneer California Makes a Great base Camp for Exploring Gold Country ff Scenic Route 88. If you're looking for a breathtakingly beautiful road trip, look no further than California's Highway 88. This scenic byway runs through the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, taking you on a journey through some of California's most stunning [...]

A Summer of Discovery in the Sierra via Three Epic Recreation Corridors

The Sierra, 500 miles of a visual spender and recreational nirvana, is almost too large to comprehend for the weekend warrior or once-a-year traveler. As summer comes into focus in 2023, winter leaves a rather odd feeling in my gut regarding what is left to discover. I have been exploring the Sierra for over 12 [...]

Spring Hiking Along Robinson Creek in Hoover Wilderness

Spring hiking can be a challenge in the Eastern Sierra’s, not to mention unpredictable due to varying snow levels and melt. We decided to venture out to Hoover Wilderness near Bridgeport to explore the area around Twin Lakes and hike along Robinson Creek with hopes of making it to Barney Lake. Of course, the drive [...]

Unforgettable Family Summer Adventures Await at Northstar Resort in Truckee, California

NorthStar Looking to Open June 16th for Summer Activities in 2023 As the warm sun blankets the picturesque landscapes of Truckee, California, families seeking a memorable summer getaway need look no further than Northstar Resort. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this captivating destination offers an abundance of outdoor activities that will [...]

Tales from the Trails: A Weekend to Remember

A Yosemite National Park Backpacking Trip Memory by Bill Finch Sometimes the Sierra Nevada plays tricks on you and sometimes you come out on top. This is a story about a reversal of fortune during aplanned Yosemite backpacking trip in late September 2007.A friend would travel out from Washington D.C. to backpack with me once [...]

Death Valley National Park to move to cashless fee collection starting June 1, 2023

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – The National Park Service (NPS) will only accept credit or debit card payments for camping and entrance fees in Death Valley National Park starting June 1, 2023. Last year the park collected $22,000 in cash, which cost over $40,000 to process. Cash handling costs include an armored car contract to transport [...]

Five New Things Coming to Yosemite Mariposa County in 2023

In a destination as timeless as Yosemite Mariposa County, it may seem on the surface that there wouldn’t be too much new to expect for returning visitors in 2023. But just like the landscape, Yosemite is ever-changing and always provides something new to experience. 2023 will bring a new glamping location and an old meets [...]

Yosemite Giant Sequoia Groves

With the closure of the Generals highway in Sequoia National Park for the summer of 2023, access to some of the worlds largest trees will be limited to summer travelers. Turning your attention North, to Yosemite and Calaveras big tree state park, might be the perfect vacation alternative is you are seeking the biggest trees [...]

Flooding and natural disasters affect plans of 1 in 5 campers

PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping information and booking, found in its 2023 Camping Report that 18.1 percent of campers changed or canceled plans due to flooding and natural disasters last year. Certainly many campers will be facing a similar situation this year. California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is [...]

Mountain Hardwear to Host Fourth Annual Open Aperture Photo Clinic

Program designed to empower underrepresented communities’ storytelling Richmond, Calif. (May 8, 2023)/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Mountain Hardwear, a leader in performance equipment and apparel for climbers, alpinists and athletes, is now accepting applications for its 2023 Open Aperture photo clinic. This year’s Open Aperture will sponsor six participants to sharpen their outdoor photography skills with the mission to better [...]

Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson Valley Wedding

What to know and why you should get married here So you want to have a destination summer wedding in the Great Northern Nevada? What’s not to love about the beautiful blue waters of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada range? Really, Northern Nevada is a great location for your summer wedding but there [...]

Ombraz Sunglasses Plants 1 Million Trees

This Earth Day, Ombraz Sunglasses, the Armless Sunglass vanguard, passed a major milestone. In its mission to deliver a net positive impact for the planet, Ombraz, along with its tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation Projects, planted its one-millionth tree. Since launching on Indiegogo in 2018, the brand promised to plant 20 mangrove trees per pair [...]

Glamping Views and Relaxation for Miles

Eldorado County has a New Glamping Experience at Montauk built for Relaxation and Adventure Folsom CA - A new outdoor experience has landed at Folsom Lake. Montauk, the upscale camping resort located in El Dorado County, is redefining the campingexperience by providing an upscale and exclusive way to enjoy the great outdoors. Nestled in picturesque [...]

5 times harder to find camping, says 2023 Camping Report

Having difficulty Finding a Camp spot Reservation? You are not alone! PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping information and booking, has found that it was nearly five times more difficult to find an available campsite in 2022 than it was in 2019. According to the 2023 Camping [...]

4 Essential Oils That Will Help You While Camping

Campers pack a lot for cooking, hiking, and first aid. Essential oils are important items to bring on your next trip. Their different scents and mixtures can help you in various ways while camping, and knowing which ones to pack will make your trip more enjoyable. Read on to learn the best essential oils to [...]

Sapphire to Hell

A day trip from Lassen Volcanic National Park from Lake Helen to Bumpass Hell Lassen Volcanic National Park is such a unique and special place in Northern California. The Volcanic landscapes created by the five different types of Volcanos in the park bring awe and wonder to visitors. On my visits to the park, I [...]

ATVs vs. Dirt Bikes: Which Is Better for the Trails?

You'll want the best time riding the trails of nature, and between ATVs and dirt bikes, there is a better choice that will lead to the most fun.

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