Sierra Nevada

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

The Sierra Nevada, Snowy Range in spanish. Stretching over 400 miles and traveling through two US states, California and Nevada, the Sierras are filled with three National Parks, 20 Wilderness Areas and two National Monuments!  Wow!  And talk about things to do!  Where to start?  How about an amazing map.  Now let’s break it down into some of the highlights.

Yosemite National Park

View from Glacier Point with Half Dome on the right.

View from Glacier Point with Half Dome on the right.

 

Yosemite Valley beauty.

Yosemite Valley beauty.

 

Half Dome

Half Dome

Yosemite was first protected by President Abraham Lincoln by the signing of the Yosemite Grant in 1864, setting a precedent which led to the creation of the first National Park, Yellowstone in 1872.  It now encompasses 747,956 acres, 800 miles of trails, 13 campgrounds and 8 areas with lodging, including the famous Ahwahnee.  For reserving the Ahwahnee and other lodges or tent camps within the park, link here to Yosemite Accommodations.  Campsites that take reservations within the park (7 of them) are reserved on www.recreation.gov

Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

JeepGarage

A Sequoia sized garage for the Jeep.

Sequoia National Park, named after the giant Sequoia trees, was created in 1890, is the second oldest National Park and is located on the South side of the combined park with Kings Canyon National Park to the North.  The combined park covers 865,964 acres or 1,353 square miles, contains 14 campgrounds and 842 miles of trails.  Recreation.gov also provides campground reservations for both Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

Mineral King

End of the road at Mineral King

End of the road at Mineral King

Mineral King is a charming glacial valley in the Southern section of Sequoia National Park.  It is quiet, small and intimate and the fastest way to get to the Sierra high country.   Access is by a small, winding 25 miles road and gives you access to 2 campgrounds and the private and interesting Silver City Mountain Resort.

Want to see some of the attractions associated with Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Mineral King?  Link here.

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